Tammuz seems to be the name of a deity or connected to idolatry. How is it that it became the name of a Jewish month given the prohibition of וְשֵׁ֨ם אֱלֹהִ֤ים אֲחֵרִים֙ לֹ֣א תַזְכִּ֔ירוּ לֹ֥א יִשָּׁמַ֖ע עַל־פִּֽיךָ, namely, that it is forbidden to speak the names of such deities?

  • presumably it was originally the pagan name for that month/time of year (likely associated with their zodiac)... see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammuz_(Babylonian_calendar) – Loewian Jul 2 at 5:36
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    The Talmud tells us that all the names of the months were brough back from Bavel - I guess this includes Tamuz, – Danny Schoemann Jul 2 at 13:01
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    It's unclear as to what the concern is in your question. Offhand, I don't see a problem with a prohibition of idol worship by naming a month after another nation's god. I'm inferring that this is your concern. If it is, please edit a source relating the two concepts. – DanF Jul 2 at 13:44
  • There are a bunch of examples where avodah zara names were used and the Rishonim and Achronim deal with many of them. ממון is a good example since it was the name of the money god, but then the word became more associated with the money and lost its initial connection, Taamuz avodah zara doesnt exist anymore and its possible back then the name of month took the place of the god it used to stand for. It is also known that taamuz was killed,so no longer exists. – sam Jul 2 at 14:44
  • Possible duplicate of Why use Babylonian calendar instead of our own? – Joel K Jul 3 at 6:45

Perhaps the answer is that once the month was named after the deity, it is no longer considered the name of a deity but the name of a month. This would also explain our use of the names of the days of the week, such as Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which are all named for pagan deities.

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    How does this answer the question, which asks how this became the name of the month, not how it’s permissible to use it as such? – DonielF Jul 2 at 15:49
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    It is not clear what the question is. If it is how it became the name of the month, then obviously it is because שמות חדשים עלו מבבל, but if the question is how they could have taken such a name with them then this is a plausible answer – wfb Jul 2 at 15:52
  • @wfb so why haven't you voted to close as Unclear? – Double AA Jul 3 at 11:44
  • @DoubleAA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_charity – wfb Jul 3 at 16:31

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