Tuesday, November 30, 2010

בורגזה or בןרגזה ?? Cracking the Boanerges Code. The mystery of Mark 3:17

Borghese : Established 1266
Where did the "Borghese" Family name come from ?

The House of Borghese originated with Tiezzo da Monticiano, a 13th century wool merchant in Siena, whose nephew Borghese gave his name to the family......

בורגזה Borghese Bet Vav Resh Gimel Zayin He (Hebrew letters)
בןרגזה (angry) Sons of Irritated (angry) or Boanerges from the Peshitta Aramaic. Bet Nun Resh Gimel Zayin He (Plural)

Boanerges (Βοανηργες)

Mark 3:17

And James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, and he gave them the name Boanerges, which is Sons of Thunder.

Jesus surnames the brothers James and John to reflect their impetuosity. The Greek rendition of their name is Βοανηργες (Boanērges).

There has been much speculation about this name. Given the Greek translation that comes with it ('Sons of Thunder'), it seems that the first element of the name is 'bnê', 'sons of' (the plural of 'bar'), Aramaic (בני). This is represented by βοανη (boanê), giving two vowels in the first syllable where one would be sufficient. It could be inferred from this that the Greek transliteration may not be a good one. The second part of the name is often reckoned to be 'rğaš' ('tumult') Aramaic (רגיש), or 'rğaz' ('anger') Aramaic (רגז). Maurice Casey, however, argues that it is a simple misreading of the word for thunder, 'r`am' (due to the similarity of s to the final m). This is supported by only one Syriac translation of the name as 'bnay ra`mâ'. The Peshitta reads "bnay rğešy," which would fit with a later composition for it, based on a Byzantine reading of the original Greek.
Wikipedia - Boanerges

Singular is bar rğešy = בורגזה = Borghese

בו (where)
רגזה (irritated)
בןרגזה (angry) Sons of Irritated
Bet Nun Resh Gimel Zayin He
This is how you spell "Borghese" in Hebrew

בורגזה Borghese Bet Vav Resh Gimel Zayin He

If the Vav is changed to the plural Nun ....

בןרגזה (angry) Sons of Irritated = B'nei-rges from the Peshitta Aramaic. Bet Nun Resh Gimel Zayin He

Was the letter Vav mistakenly copied as a Nun ?

Is there a hidden mystery in the Letter Vav ????


  1. Wow - interesting work.

  2. I agree with Beth: very interesting! Would it help you to know that the name Boanerges may not be Semitic at all? Check out http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Boanerges.html