שָׁמַיִם Strong’s# 8064 shamayim

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

There is some debate over the etymology (origins and roots) of this word. The “sh” may be a prefix meaning “like” followed by the word mayim (Strongs #4325) meaning “water:” like water. It may be the plural form of a noun derived from the verbal root shamam (Strongs #8074) meaning “desolate” in the sense of a dry wind blowing over the land, drying it out. It may also be the plural form of the word shem (Strongs #8034) meaning “name,” but more literally “breath” (in Hebrew thought the name of a person is his breath, since the breath is seen as the character of the individual).

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