Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 20 19:06:39 UTC 2008

Hmm. I thought of "Barack" as cognate to Hebrew "baruch", or more
precisely to a form of the H. root B-R-K 'bless', which is in the word
& name "Baruch" 'blessed'.

m a m

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 8:14 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> ... A note
> on my site notes that Barak means "Lightning" in Semitic. Remember
> Hannibal Barca ("Grace of the Lord of Lightning"), who took elephants
> across the Alps to attack the Romans during the Punic Wars?

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