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.

  • 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, 2014 at 4:30
  • Have you checked Jewish Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Judaica?
    – Shmuel
    Jun 1, 2014 at 4:31
  • The Benei Yissaschar does this for each month, though it's all though chassidic thoughts, not a scholarly etymology Jun 1, 2014 at 18:54
  • This is the most helpful site I've found for the months: yashanet.com/library/hebrew-days-and-months.html
    – tblue
    Sep 23, 2019 at 1:08
  • Think the only thing missing on that site is a reference to: "the month Tzach. ... to that month (which would mean that it corresponds to Sivan, harvest time)." - which I find interesting.
    – tblue
    Sep 23, 2019 at 1:18


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