3. The Copper Snake
For people in Northern Europe to trace their history in the Middle East is far-fetched. We have little in common with the peoples who live there today, and if we ever find something we do have in common with the peoples of bronze-age or iron-age Middle East, it will be us doing the same mistakes as them … again and again.
The Scandinavian rune-fuþark/-alphabet has a letter ᛏ who’s name is Tyr. It is supposedly named after a god with the same name, but not really the same it seems. The god’s name is reconstructed to *Tiwaz. A “tyr”, since -tyr is a common suffix in old Nordic personal names, is commonly assumed to be a kind of god, but there are very many supposed gods, so why not an ethnicity?
There is a hypothesis that the beginning of Ezekiel chapter 39 would be about the current (year 2022) Moscovite “special operation” against the Ukraine.
And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, This is what the Lord says: Behold, I am against you, Gog, ruler of Ros, Mosoch and Thobel, and I will gather you and guide you down and bring you up from the extreme north and lead you up against the mountains of Israel … — Ezekiel 39:1-2 (NETS)
There are four salient points:
1. Ros (Greek: Ῥώς) sounds like Rus, an underlying ethnicity of some Ukrainians, some Belarusians and some of the citizens of the Russian Federation.
2. Mosoch sounds a bit like something Moscow could have been named after.
3. Russia is certainly in the “extreme north”.
4. Israel is a little bit involved as there is a Jewish minority in the Ukraine, including the current president.
I am sceptical. Some people take this a bit further linking the Rus with Sweden, where some topo-/ethnonymes remind of Ros. And the Finns call Sweden Ruotsi. If, per say, this were loaned from Semitic, we would say it backwards and get Tsuor צוֹר or something like that. This happens to be the Hebrew name of the city Tyre.
If we keep looking, we find that a whole lot of peoples have similar names, except for a letter or two. There are Syrians, Turks, Ruthenians, Isaurians, Romans, Moors and the Thyringi. Chances are that most of these names have very ancient connections, whereas the peoples hardly do, except most of them have links to 1st, 2nd or 3rd Rome.
Tyre was part of the Sidonian realm, in whose name we find the pattern d-V-n, where V is any vowel, not that West Semitic have many vowels to choose from; it is din, dan, don, dun. It has to do with judging and ruling.
According to Jacob’s blessing in Genesis 49:17, Dan should be [like?] a snake. The Tribe was alotted land by the Mediterranian Sea, including the most northern part of Israel’s land, right next to Tyre.
Out of pure coincidence, there was a nation called the Dani in iron-age Europe, who were “of the same stock” as the Sweons, according to Jordanes. Today they are known as Danes and inhabit Denmark, along with several other nations such as the Cimbri, Rugi, Angles, et c. How did they get there? The river Dniepr (in Ukraine) has the old name Danapris, so there are explanations for everything.
We are supposed to love our next/neighbour. In Scandinavian language “the next/the neighbour” is translated “nästan”. ä = long mix of a and e, similar to Greek ε, η.
In 2 Kings 18:4, the copper snake, raised for the Israelites to see, is in Hebrew Nechustan נְחֻשׁתּן .
This reminds of the Gothic word 𐌽𐌴𐍈𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌾𐌰 neƕundja ‘neighbour/next’. LXX, in this vers, has Νεσθαλεί or Νεεσθαν, which is pronounced almost exactly like nästan.
Both Gothic neƕundja and Swedish nästa translate Greek πλησίον. We should love our next. It is a recipe for peace and prosperity. And it should not be necessary to travel to a distant country in order to find an enemy to love. There are enemies aplenty in this wicked age.
There are probably errors too, in this sloppy article. Did you find any?