Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by Leoji, Feb 26, 2011.
Is the name Michael a question or a statement?
Who is like God?
Who is like God!
According to Wikipedia:
Michael is a given name that comes from the Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל (Mikha'el), derived from the Hebrew question מי כמו אלוהים? (Hebrew pronunciation: [mi kəmo ʔelohim]) meaning "Who is like God?" In English, it is sometimes shortened to Mike, Mikey, or, especially in Ireland, Mick.
I saw that also. I was wondering if this was true historically, traditionally and just how its understood from Hebrew speaking folk (I'm on my way but I'm far from even being bad... just takes time i guess)
I'd say it's hard to tell whether the name is an exclamation or a question, per se.
As you might imagine, the name just "shows up" in the Book of Daniel -- it isn't prefaced by a sort of "This is the angel Michael...His name means XYZ."
I don't see how it could be a statement. How can a question word such as "Who, what, how" etc, introduce a statement? What does "Who is like God!" mean? Or are you referring to the use of "who" in English in the sense of "which/the one", ie:
Bob, who is like God
? I don't think that the Hebrew word מי can be used this way, but I am far from being an expert.
מי, and other question words, are used for questions only, unlike in English.
מי כאל?! = Who is like God?!
It's a rhetorical question
What we need now is...
How beautiful they are...
It's not the same, because you have "is"/"are" in the end. What does "Who is like God is..." mean?!
You're right, it can't. In this context שֶ (she) is used.
"Bob, who is like God" would be "בוב, שֶהוא כמו אלהים", or, to be closer to the original: "בוב שֶכאל" (although this sounds very archaic).
What I was responding to was an assertion to the effect that words such as "who," 'how, " or "what" (in English) could only be used at the opening of a question, not a statement.
I simply proved that to be untrue by showing some statements which do open with those words -- and I've just demonstrated it again.
Separate names with a comma.