Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Is it a coincidence or a Biblical prophecy that the Jewish population in Europe targeted in the Holocaust is referred to as Ashkenazi (ash-can-Nazi)?
The Jews of Europe are referred to as Ashkenazim because “Ashkenaz” was the Jewish name for Germany. Many Jews who moved to other places in Europe (and culturally came to dominate them) had once come from Germany i.e. from Ashkenaz.
You are asking if the Jews who were named after the place called Ashkenaz, i.e. Germany, were called prophetically “Ashkenazim” due to the Nazis being destined to make ash or ash for cans out of them?
What do you think?
This question was forwarded by Christopher Neus who has Posts about the Nazis that show some insight. I assume it is not just a Troll question.
Anyway the question leads us look at the Hebrew equivalent of the name Nazi and how it appears in Scripture.
The term "Nazi" is:
"a shortening of Nationalsozialist (‘National Socialist’) (attested since 1903, as a shortening of national-sozial), since in German the nati- in national / natsi o na l/ is approximately pronounced Nazi [ na tsi]."
Winston Churchill used to deliberately mispronounce the name to make it sound like "Nasty."
The Online Etymological Dictionary entry for "Nasty" says:
c. 1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," of unknown origin; perhaps [Barnhart] from Old French nastre"miserly, envious, malicious, spiteful," ...
Alternative etymology [OED] is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialectal naskug "dirty, nasty"), which also might be the source of the Middle English word.
At all events in German the name was pronounced as NATSI. In Modern Hebrew it is also transliterated as "N-A-Ts-I" with the "Ts" sound derived from the letter Tsedeh. In Biblical Hebrew we have the word root "NATs." This would give us the form "NATsI." This word root "NATs" connotes "revile, blaspheme, contempt."
The Iben Shushan (Hebrew-Language) Biblical Concordance lists 29 entries in the Bible with this word-root.
It might be worthwhile examining each entry but for the meantime we have picked out only a few.
18 Remember this, LORD, that the enemy has reviled [NiATS-u],
And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast.
Here the word is associated with the enemies of Israel, the “wild beast” who is liable to harm them.
24 Have you not observed what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the LORD chose, He has rejected them? Thus they despise [yi-NATs-un] My people, no longer are they as a nation in their sight.’
Again the word is linked to the enemies of Israel who despise them.
20 For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn [va-yi-NATS-uni] Me and break My covenant.
This is followed by predictions of disasters that will come upon the Israelites until they turn back to God.
11 The LORD said to Moses, ‘How long will this people spurn [yi-NATs-uni] Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?...
23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned [yi-NATs-uni] Me see it.
Here the Israelites in the Wilderness are being condemned because they refused to enter the Land of Canaan and conquer it. It is a sin for Israelites to reject the land of Israel.
14 The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you [mi-NATs-aich] will bow themselves at the soles of your feet; And they will call you the city of the LORD,
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Here the word is used for those Gentiles who afflicted, despised and persecuted the Jews. In the End Times the enemies will repent and bow down to the Jews whom they persecuted.
Is there a common denominator to the use of this word? It is applied both to Israelites and to Gentiles, to people who do evil in general.
When associated with Gentiles it seems to be linked with they who persecuted the Jews.
When descriptive of Israelite behavior it means they who by their evil deeds caused disaster to come upon all the people.
Whatever the case the name for Nazi in German pronunciation parallels a word in Hebrew Scripture which is descriptive of Nazi behavior and sinful attitudes that may have caused it.