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The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source of English Paperback – February, 2001

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The quotation above is Dr. Joseph T. Shipley, Author of The Dictionary  of Word Origins and The Origins of English Words.
Dr. Alvin Schiff, Harvard, Hebrew Univ.: "...  a strong case for Hebrew being that [Proto-Earth] language."
The Jerusalem Post 1/18/05 : "A new science has a pretty good idea where language came from." 

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THE WORD is a unique reference text that traces most English words back to their ultimate origin in Biblical Hebrew. More than ten years of original research reveals a bold new vision of the superbly engineered dynamics of human language.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: S.P.I. Books (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561719420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561719426
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


Isaac Elchanan Mozeson was born in Vancouver in 1951, lived briefly in Kibbutz Saad, Israel, and grew up in Plymouth and Brookline, Mass. He taught English at universities like Yeshiva College (where he got his B.A.) and New York University (where he completed doctoral studies).
He moved from Teaneck, New Jersey in 2010 to Israel. Stay in touch, and receive blogs via Facebook or Twitter. Archived Posterous blogs are at The premier Edenics site is

Mozeson published a monograph and anthology
of Jewish-American poetry, reviewed books for Jewish newspapers, Publishers Weekly, and Judaica Book News, and authored books on Jewish history, Israeli oral history and a dictionary of urban slang.

Since The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals the Hebrew Source of English (1989), he has founded the new field of "Edenics" - documenting with a team of global researchers how Biblical Hebrew is the human language program gifted to Modern Humans at Eden, then diversified at The Tower of Babel.

That data is now twice as large, appearing in a CD dictionary. This isn't at Amazon, but A multi-volume 1000-page paper dictionary is planned for 2012 or so. A download may be at Kindle, where my collected poems are, and where a Bible translation and various language booklets should appear.

In April 2011 the new edition of The Origin of Speeches came out. 2 1/2 chapter of all new material is included. Unlike Darwin's The Origin of Species, we see a world of meaning and purpose, of divine design, at the tip of our tongues.

Edenics video-lecturea in more languages will be added to the English, Spanish, French and German that we had in 2010. These are available at live events, and at or Other resources include audio CDs.

Brilliant Digital Entertainment is behind 2 Edenics web games which may be played at A search function allows one to access a large percentage of our data base.

Mozeson had lectured extensively before a life-threatening Heat Stroke in the Galilee, Israel in 1997. Using this narrated slide show and projecting from the extensive data base available on CD, he hopes to make up for lack of clear speech as you discover the SaFaH BeROORaH of Beresheet 11 and Zephania 3:9.

Mozeson was invited to address the nascent Sanhedrin in Jerusalem in 2007. Other recent international appearances include an Aish HaTorah conference in Toronto, an outreach center in London and the University of Barcelona. Other Edenics presenters are available in several regions.

The new generation will get to choose to accept the word DORMANT coming from Latin dormir (to sleep) or Edenic (Pre-Hebrew) RaDaM. Is the pristine, original "sleep" word DRM or RDM?

All linguists think that words are evolved chimp chatter. Edenics suggests that the ancestor of Latin, then French, dormir got scrambled at a neuro-linguistic incident recalled by the Mayans and Chinese, and referred to elsewhere as The Tower of Babel. RaDaM means "sleep" because the first designed molecule of meaning, Resh-Daled/RD means "to go down" as in ROOT, which grows downward) and the 2nd, Daled-Mem/DM element means "silence" (as in DUMB).

Wake up! Discover that human language demonstrates immense design.
Much more sent to you for the asking,

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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By on July 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As I read the first page of The Word, I was thrilled to learn that someone had DISCOVERED the hypothesized Indo-European roots to our modern languages! Almost every language can trace some of its roots to this once dead, but now resurrected language, but in English, 95% of our language is demonstrably traceable directly or indirectly to Hebrew. Even some Amer-Indian words have more than coincidental resemblance to Hebrew. How could scholars have missed the connection? Could it possibly be antisemitism within the ranks of the 19th century German linguists, who introduced the science of etymology to the world? Isaac Mozeson is scholarly, yet entertaining as he traces language roots through the developing sciences of linguistics and etymology. And those who love Scripture and linguistics have a double treat in store.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vadim Cherny on July 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book is certainly interesting and worth reading, offering fresh insights into the English etymology. However, it's analysis is definitely not without flaws.
> Some imagination is required to find lip/nose images in Hebrew letters, corresponding to their pronounciation, although the suggestion is daring. Besides, old Phoenician Hebrew letters are quite different.
> If we consider possible wide substitutions, like R-L-N-(M) and work with three basic vowels (or even no vowels at all), add letters' reversal and omission, many three-letter roots are likely to coincide strictly by chance. The odds are only enhanced by the ambiguity of Latin transliteration and sometimes variant writing in Hebrew. Author also feels free to choose the suitable spelling either of modern or ancient English. Allow for the meaning to be not exactly the same, but related, and quite a lot of English words would find their equivalents in the much smaller Hebrew dictionary. Given such assumptions, it's overall plausible to find about a quarter of active English words related to Hebrew roots.
> Common linguistic approach is to analyze transformation of the groups of words, not of the single words. This book apparently lacks such analysis either for phonetical groups or those related by meaning. For example, it stresses the origin of giraffe and skunk words, but not of the animals comprehensively.
> Although the author traces similarities from Hebrew, this is not self-evident. Both Hebrew and English may inherit it from a source language, be it theoretical IE or actual bablit.
> Some very important hypothesis are not elaborated upon. Thus, the author asserts phonetical relation of Hebrew synonyms and antonyms. This is a bold assumption, and would take more than a single pair of words to convince a reasonable person.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mark.e.mark on March 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Very good book! The author is more than adequately trained and familiar with his subject matter. No doubt, most critics with an agenda will strongly dislike this book. With a work like this, one cannot help but realize the accuracy of the Biblical record and the beginning of man and the language of man in the Garden of Eden.
I am presently a student of the Hebrew language, and I would definitely recommend this book to any serious student or truth-seeking scholar.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Leonardi on February 22, 2014
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This is a good book. I see some critics are harsh and don’t know what they are talking about because they have not read this book carefully. There are two levels of positing a word relation, 1) someone can note that two words are somehow related, or 2) someone can propose a path of etymology as a word has changed through time and through the languages that have borrowed the term. The harsh critics are uncomfortable with this work because they don’t see the etymological paths in detail. There are many cases where this path has been obscured, but in many cases we are looking at words which do relate to Hebrew.
The critics are afraid of the possibility that Indo-European roots. At least some of them, could be related to Hamito-Semitic roots. I personally find that when we set aside English words borrowed from Latin and French we are left with those of Anglo-Saxon origin and a little more than half of those relate to Greek, and somewhat less than half relate to various Hebrew words. Some of those are hard to see due to semantic (meaning) changes. Examples: Hebrew LB “love” > lv > love, YLD “child” > yild* > jild* > child (those are my examples, and there are many but now let us look at some of Mozeson’s examples, and he gives hundreds). I do not know what percentage are correct; I do know that many are correct.

Mozeson notes Eng. Magic Mag(ic) compares to Greek magos and Persian magu, and says MG (MAG) of Jeremiah 39:3 is translated as magician according to most translators and lexicographers.

Heb. GRN is translated as threshing floor, but the GR root seems to relate to “grinding”, GRD is translated “scrape” GRh “cud” (as grinding or chewing). Mozeson notes Eng. Ground relates to “floor” as “threshing floor”.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Wilner on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
It is interesting to note how the reviews of this work fall neatly into two camps, viz., rave reviews from persons ignorant of linguistics vice dreadful reviews from persons knowledgeable of linguistics. One would have hoped that an Amazon review page would not degenerate into a shouting match, whereby the happy ignorami can up the "star count" by submitting more essays than the unhappy literati, but hope springs eternal.

Mozeson's thesis is preposterous and his "analytical" techniques are a randomized grab bag of whatever suits him offhand. As a critic from the Ukraine pointed out above, the triconsonantal pattern that underlies the structure of many Semitic word families, plus more than a bit of phonologic license with phonemes that are rather unrelated but--per the "soundex" algorithm, at any rate--are "of a feather," empowers one to draw parallels between anything and anything. To further trivialize Mozeson's "research," Hebrew has only a small set of consonants in the first place--just take a look at, oh, Thai or Hindi, for throat-vexing alternatives!

Spare yourselves from such foolish approaches. If you want to study linguistics, then study linguistics. Mozeson is all wet. As a beloved Turkish engineering professor once taught me, "Not every man who has a mustache is your father."
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