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The Meaning of ACHUT (Sister) in Ancient Hebrew - "Protector that Bonds and Impresses"

The word for "sister" in ancient Hebrew means "Protector that Bonds and Impresses". It is pronounced in ancient Hebrew as "ACHUT" (ah-choot/ah-hhoot/ah-khoot).

Ancient Pictographic Letters for ACHUT

The pictographic ancient Hebrew letters in the word A-CH-U-T (H269 and AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) #: 1008-A (N3)) are

A = ox head = AL = strong, power, leader

H = wall = HITS = outside, divide, half

U = tent peg = UU = add, secure, hook

T = two crossed sticks = TAU = mark, sign, signature

Meaning and Pronunciation of Each Letter

The first letter is the letter named AL. This pictograph (picture letter) is an OX HEAD and represents STRENGTH. AL evolved into the letter A in English, the letter ALPHA in Greek,the letter ALEPH in Jewish Hebrew, the letter ALAPH in Syriac and the letter ALIF in Arabic. This letter was pronounced as A ("ah) because in modern English and modern Greek it is said as A, in modern Hebrew (Jewish) ALEPH has an "A" component for at least three times out of its six vowel-pointed sounds, the Syriac ALAPH is said as A and the Arabic ALIF is said as A also. The letter AL was NEVER silent - that would be a complete waste of letters when writing materials were at a premium in ancient times. The English and Greek alphabets are JUST AS SHaMitic (Semitic) as Jewish Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic. See the frontpage of YehSpace for proof.

The second letter is the letter named HITS ("hheets"). This pictograph is a WALL and represents in this case a WALL or a BARRIER. This letter was pronounced as HH/CH/KH - the same as the modern/Jewish Hebrew HET/CHET, the Syriac HETH and the Arabic HA. It is a throaty H. Germans use the same sound in the name BACH. In this instance the modern English and Greek alphabets have lost the original ancient Hebrew sound. This is because when the letter HITS is at the END of a word it must be pronounced otherwise it would be SILENT and HENCE a WASTE of a letter.

The third letter is the letter named UU. This pictograph is a TENT PEG and represents ATTACHING, LATCHING, HOOKING, ADDING, SECURING, and BONDING. This letter evolved into the English V, U and W (in that order - although the V shape had an OOH sound not V a few hundred years ago), the Greek upsilon, the Jewish-Modern Hebrew WAW/VAV, the Syriac WAW and the Arabic WAW. The UU was pronounced as "OOH' because the modern English letter W is said as "ooh", the Old English letter U and V were said as "ooh", the modern Hebrew letter vav is often said as "ooh" and the Syriac and Arabic also say "ooh".

The fourth and final letter is the letter named TAU. This pictograph is TWO CROSSED STICKS and represents MARK, SIGN, SIGNATURE. By extension it can mean BRAND or IMPRESS - as to MAKE A MARK.This letter was pronounced as the English T, the Greek TAU (which has the exact same letter name), the modern Hebrew TAV (most of the time), the Syriac TAW and the Arabic TA. ALL FIVE SHaMitic alphabets have the EXACT SAME sound for this letter.

Sister from HEARTH

To FURTHER understand the meaning of ACHUTI we can also look at the ROOT word of ACHUT. Root words OR PARENT root words in ancient Hebrew are usually TWO LETTERS placed side by side. OTHER WORDS are THEN derived from these parent root words by adding a letter in front of, in the middle or at the end of it.

The root word for ACHUT is ACH (A-CH) which usually means BROTHER (H251 and AHLB#: 1008-A (N).

However ACH at it's core means HEARTH - as in hearth around a fire (Strongs #254: AHLB#: 1008-A (N))

The pictographic ancient Hebrew letters in the word A-CH are

A = ox head = AL = strong, power, leader

H = wall = HITS = outside, divide, half

The pictograph A represents STRENGTH. The H is a WALL. Combined these pictographs mean "STRONG WALL". The HEARTH around the fire protected the house from the heat and embers of the fire. In Hebrew thought, a wall is more than a vertical barrier but anything that separates or divides.

Objectively the word ACH means HEARTH. This is called a CONCRETE or OBJECTIVE meaning of the letters.

Purposefully the word ACH can mean PROTECT because the JOB of the HEARTH is to protect the house from the heat and embers of the fire. This is called a ACTION meaning of the letters

Person-ally the word ACH can mean BROTHERHOOD because the JOB of brothers (and sisters) is TO PROTECT each other and the home. This is called an ABSTRACT or EXTENDED meaning - where the ACTION meaning is applied to PEOPLE.

So the word ACHUT (sister) is rooted in the object called the HEARTH, just like brother. Her job is to PROTECT.

(The English word HEART is highly likely related to the word HEARTH. Both sisters and brothers have a lot of HEART. They protect one another closely.)

Sisters Also Like Marsh Grass

We also have the word "ACHU" (A-CH-U) (Strongs #260: and AHLB#: 1008-A (r)). ACHU is translated as "MARSH GRASS" in the KJV. Marsh grass is also called Bullrush, or Cutty Grass by some.

ACHU is also rooted in the word ACH, but the meaning of ACHU can also tell us more about the word ACHUT (sister).

ACHU means the TALL GRASSES that LINE a MARSH as a WALL. Each blade of grass is LINED UP WITH ANOTHER or ADDED TO ANOTHER blade form a PROTECTIVE WALL around the rim of a marsh.

Also the BLADES of grass can CUT and their SEEDS will ATTACH or BOND to anyone who tries to WALK THROUGH the grass. The sharp blades and barbed seeds ATTACH, LATCH, HOOK, ADD, SECURE, and BOND.

If someone tries to walk through marsh grass they usually 1) get CUT and STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS or 2) get SEEDS attached/bonded to them - depending on the species of marsh grass and the season of the year.

The MARK that MARSH GRASS leave on you is a CUT or SEED. The MARK that SISTERS leave on you is a CUT, IMPRESSION or SEED also. Sisters will either DEFEND YOU or SEW SEEDS ON YOU if you SPEND TIME ALONGSIDE THEM - usually to or for the HEART.

The letter TAU at the end of the word ACHUT is THIS MARK or IMPRESSION that sisters leave. Sisters make BIG IMPRESSIONS on others.

How to Refer to Sisters

The Massoritic Hebrew Westminster Leningrad Codex uses these phrases when referring to sisters -

ACHUT = sister
ACHUT = sister of
ACHUTI = sister of
ACHUTI = sister of me
ACHIUTI = sisters of me
ACHUTaK = sister of you

ACH TI = sister of me
ACH TU = sister of him
ACH TaM = sister of them
ACH TaNU = sister of us
ACH TE = sister of her

Sister of me would be said as ACHUTI or ACH TI. Since the word ACHUT means sister the most accurate phrase is ACHUTI.

(Likewise brother of me is ACHI - ACH with the I added as a suffix).

Sisters of me would be said as ACHIUTI.

(Brothers of me is ACHI - the same as brother of me).

In Conclusion

The word for "sister" in ancient Hebrew most likely means "PROTECTOR THAT BONDS AND IMPRESSES". It is pronounced in ancient Hebrew as "ACHUT" (ah- choot/ah-hhoot/ah-khoot).

Article Last Updated Sep 6, 2010.

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Comment by Susanda on November 16, 2008 at 6:58
I really enjoyed this blog. Thanks and be blessed ACHUT!
Comment by Jodi on December 1, 2008 at 3:39
Thankyou Jane for this in depth explanation. Phew...the Hebrew language is 'stretching' my brain :)


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