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Pearl of Great Price PN 1. KAE-E-VANRASH medium for borrowing light; the “grand key” or “governing power” over 15 fixed planets or stars (Book of Abraham facsimile 2:5)

Possibly hypothetical Hebrew כאבן-ראש* *Ke-ʼeban-raš ➔ *Ke-ʼeben-roʼš, “The-very-capstone, corner-stone; the-capstone, corner-stone, keystone” (cf. NAB Mark 12:10 = Psalm 118:22 ∥Acts 4:11; Zechariah 4:7), with emphatic prefix, kaph veritatis.[1] Proto-Hebrew raʼš (“origin, source; best; first; head, top”) is the earlier form, while Hebrew ראש roʼš is post-Amarna[2]; cognate with Egyptian rś(y)[3] ( ➔ Coptic rēs); Arabic ra’s; Syriac reša; Akkadian ra-si-im, ra’šim).

Or possibly hypothetical Egyptian *QЗ(i)-pn-rś(y) “Exalted-is-he-of-the-south.”[4]


  1. Obadiah 11 ke’aḥad “one!”; Nehemiah 7:2 ke’iš ˁemet “a faithful man!” – Koehler & Baumgartner, eds., Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros (Leiden: Brill/ Grand Rapids: Eeerdmans, 1951/1953), 27 (5); cf. Geers, JNES, IV/2:65-67; cf. on the other hand Genesis 10:9 ke-Nimrod “like-Nimrod."
  2. S. Moscati, Introduction, 62, *ra’š; D. N. Freedman, “Orthography (of the Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll),” in Freedman, Divine Commitment and Human Obligation, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), II:159 n. 19; M. H. Goshen-Gottstein, Hebrew and Semitic Languages: An Outline Introduction (Tel-Aviv: Dvir, 1965), 22 = M. Solieli and M. Berkooz, Lexicon Biblicum (Dvir, 1965).
  3. Albright, AJSL, 39:18; cf. Akkadian ilam rašu in T. Jacobsen, Toward the Image of Tammuz, ed., W. L. Moran (Harvard, 1970), 395 n. 108. Cf. Yahuda, Language of the Pentateuch, 167,27??.
  4. Pyramid Texts 1587c, 1652a, use , QЗi, “Height, Mound (primeval mound at Heliopolis); exalted.”