New Moon Month Chesh-Van חשוון: Hebrew as Hyperlink Language

Chesh-van is the eighth month from Nissan (spring time, when Exodus occurred, the going out of Egypt). Chesh-van comes from Akkadian, Chash-man חשמן – meaning it’s the eigth.

In Hebrew, shmone שמונה is eight. According to the bible, in this month (Chesh-Van) King Solomon completed building the first temple. The bible in Kings 1, chapter 6 calls this month ye-rach bul יֶרַח בּוּל

בְּיֶרַח בּוּל, הוּא הַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁמִינִי, כָּלָה הַבַּיִת, לְכָל-דְּבָרָיו וּלְכָל-מִשְׁפָּטָו; וַיִּבְנֵהוּ, שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים

מלכים א’ פרק ו’ פסוק ל”ח

translation: “In the month Bul (the eighth month) the temple was completed in accordance with all its specifications and blueprints. It took seven years to build.”

The name for the temple is Zvul זְבֻל, Kings 1, chapter 8:13

יג בָּנֹה בָנִיתִי בֵּית זְבֻל, לָךְ–מָכוֹן לְשִׁבְתְּךָ, עוֹלָמִים

translation: “O Lord,truly I have built a lofty temple for you, a place where you can live permanently.”

In this month is also the harvest season in which we collect the mature crops, in Hebrew Yevul יבוּל.

In this month also the big flood started, in Hebrew “flood” is Mabul מַבּוּל

Now let’s repeat and summarize what we have learnt so far:

Chesh-van is the eighth month Ye-rach Bul in which those things happened:

  • The completion of the first temple: Zvul זְבֻל
  • When we collect the harvest: Yevul יבוּל
  • The big flood: Mabul מַבּוּל

As you can see, the inner language connections of Biblical Hebrew are many and far-reaching (as are their interpretations). The more you study Hebrew, the more you will see those hidden hyperlinks, motivating you to develop and deepen your interpretation of the dream images of the bible.

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.

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  • The word Zvul does not appear before the inauguration of the First Temple. Later it indicates only a place or a king. Solomon, a master in the use of words, might have used it as a hint for us about his stratagem in order to put the Ark according to God’s will in an eternal place where it could not be detected even at the time of destruction.
    Please visit the site for wider explanation. Edoardo

    • Eti Shani

      Dear Edoardo,

      Thank you for your comment. I feel I have to read and learn more to be able to converse with you.
      By the way, are you a relative of Rabbi Menachem Recanati from Italy ?

      All the best,