Meaning of the name 'Brit-Am'
What is the source
of the name Britain/Britannia?
"Barat Anach", (Islands of Tin), supposedly a Phoeneician name for Britain, was proposed either by Sammes or by Bochart. They both wrote in the 1600s. There is no earlier evidence to my knowledge. It may be true.
The way names worked in ancient times was that:
1. An original name was given with a set meaning.
2. Along came other peoples and took the original name to mean something entirely different but which sounded similar in their own tongue. Sometimes they slightly changed the name to fit the new interpretation.
3. There are cases where this is believed to have happened several times over.
Thus a name can have several meanings and interpretations all of which may be valid.
The name Brit-Am is Hebrew for "Covenant of the people". It is found in Isaiah 42;6 and Isaiah 49;8. In both cases it is connected to the Lost Ten Tribes.
In ancient Hebrew
the "n" and "m" (especially at the end of the word) in some dialects interchanged
so Brit-Am could be considered a Biblical hint to Britain. In some
We adopted Brit-Am as the name of our organization and BRIT-AM as the name of our magazine. We tried other names and variations but this is the one that stuck.
Brit-Am could also be understood to hint at Britain and America.
The ancient British called themselves Iberi or Hiberi, meaning Hebrews.
The name Albion was also used which we believe to be a form of Lebanon.
The British were also known as Brettani or Britones.
The names Brit-on and Brit-ish in my opinion really were originally intended to connote
"People of the Covenant".
At all events, in Hebrew: "ish" means "man" or (in Medieval Hebrew in some cases) "member of" and Brit means "covenant": so Brit-ish really can be understood to mean "man of the covenant".
Even if one does not accept any of the above the use of the name Brit-Am in connectin to the LTTs is significant.
All of the above
is not intended to serve as proof of anything BUT once we have other evidence
pointing in the same direction we are entitled to view the above as an