- From the letters of the Hebrew alphabet aleph, tav, beth, shin (Wiktionary)
“This is about Jeremiah's use of a game called atbash”
“Here the atbash cipher Sheshach is given in parallelism with Babylon, so the meaning cannot be missed.”
“Scholars have observed that Jeremiah actually uses atbash at several places in his text.”
“The name of the game, atbash, comes from the first two letters on the left side of this chart.”
“Applying the atbash key to ssk, the word becomes bbl, the Hebrew name for Babylon.”
“So to illustrate using an English example, if I said "He's a real sty," applying the atbash to sty you would get "ham," giving the real thrust of the insult.”
“Running lb qmy through the atbash key, you get ksdym, which is the Hebrew word for the Chaldeans, a synonym in Jeremiah's day for Babylonians.”
“Hoskisson opines that any atbash that may have originally been present probably would not have survived the translation process into English, concluding his piece with the following sentence: "Too bad.”
“Given that Jeremiah was a contemporary of Lehi and his family, one wonders whether there might be some atbash in the text of the BoM.”
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