Aryoch

אריוך


Genesis 14:1/9 names Aryoch King of El-Asar as one of those who invaded southern Kena'an from Elam in the Av-Rahamic War of the Kings.

Judith 1:6 has Aryoch as the King of Elam who resisted Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 2:14 has him as captain of the king's bodyguard, sent to execute the wise men of Babylon.

The ending Och is Persian. Is the Genesis name then an anachronism? Gesenius states that the name is of Assyriac-Chaldaic origin.

In Sanskrit Arjaka means "reverenced" or "holy", which is more comprehensible than linking it to Hebrew Ari = "a lion".




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