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Is there a reference that explains the literal meaning and etymology of the names of the Hebrew months? I am looking for something that explains both the common Babylonian names as well as the Tana"ch names such as Aviv, Bul, Eitanim and Ziv. I can't think of others mentioned in Tana"ch.

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Do you want academic explanations of the sources for the Babylonian names - ex. "Thursday comes from the god 'Thor'" - or only Jewish traditional explanations? –  Shmuel Jun 1 '14 at 4:30
Have you checked Jewish Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Judaica? –  Shmuel Jun 1 '14 at 4:31
The Benei Yissaschar does this for each month, though it's all though chassidic thoughts, not a scholarly etymology –  Matt Jun 1 '14 at 18:54

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