Monday, February 28, 2011
One possible reading of the village's biblical name is tim-nath-he'res/timnath cherec "portion of the sun". Timnah תמנה from the root mana (portion) and cheres חרס = sun, a word that is uncommon in Hebrew. The current word for sun is Shemesh like in Beyt Shemesh, the House of the Sun God. Heres sounds close to the Egyptian Sun God Horus (pic above). The falcon-headed man was among the most important gods of Egypt, particularly because the Pharaoh was supposed to be his earthly embodiment. Old Egyptian and Hebrew were twin languages and the Hebrews used many Egyptian expressions, so I deduce that Timnath Heretz may have meant the King's Property. Hor being Egyptian for hawk, it may have also meant Land of the Hawk.
The Tomb of Joshua and Caleb is in the center of the village. Jews allowed to visit it once a year. The place is poor but not miserable. In the past, I had driven through place but took no pictures.