A comparison of Egyptian symbols with those of the Hebrews by Frédéric Portal, baron de; John W Simons

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SIGNET. The signet is the determinative of the ^«erbs to close, (Champ. , p. 372). In Hebrew =rr; hethm, a signet, a seal ring, and the same word signifies to close, to shut, to seal, and likewise to shut, to seal to accomplish, The to finish Egyptian ajTU-, (Gesenius). word ^"^^^ by given which is ChampoUion is the pronunciation of Hebrew word -r- hethm. The Coptic word ^T^Z^-U- certainly the signifies to shut, The only no wise designates a signet. iet ring, but does not express the ideas which to close, to shut.

L 4). In Hebrew tlie name of the month and that of the moon ibrm a single word m^ irhe, moon and month; as ti in the * II. , moon and The papyrus was the 92 J. month. earliest food of the Egyptians (HerodotuA 43 EGYPTIAN SYMBOLS. The palm does not designate a month, but a year, as nioumnents the (Egypt. , p. 97), and proved by as established by Hurapollo himself in another passage (I. 3). The Hebrew name of the palm, or palm-branch, is snsne, ramus palm(£ ; the root of this word is found again in nair schne, the ijear} n:o:D HAND.

The name ' In the Coptic of Egypt, according to i'luLarch (l)e. we find again habere. — Eoypt. , p. 384. Jj CZ-^ cninnlilns, -l^tCTX Is. ), signified blackness and heat; blackness, are a same root forming the name of in the name of crocodile •^n'n ; HEUM, ts".!! ^ nycticorax, phonetically forming The signification of the name of Egypt is also found K^ju,^ black (Champ. , p. 320). did the Egyptians give their country a reprobated name, composed of the Crocodile, symbol of darkness, and the Nycticorax, symbol of death (Horapol.

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