I have been told by many ‘wannabe theologians’ that the Hebrew word for death (MET) means separation, implying the separation of body and soul, or separation from spiritual communion and fellowship with God (as in Isaiah 59:2 – sins have caused a separation between us and God).

Is there anything in the etymology of the word (MET) which would confirm this separation idea?

Answer:

The only thing I can think of is the fact that the letters of the word MET are two of the three letters of the word EMET. In the word MET, the first letter, which is the letter aleph, is dropped, leaving the remaining two letters and the word MET. The meaning behind this would be that the first alephof the word EMET is the elevated existence of the Divine, often represnted (in kabbalistic writings) by the letter aleph, which is the source of all truth. The word MET implies death because it loses the aleph, meaning that it is disconnected from the elevated Truth of the world, therefore implying falsehood and death.

This idea could be extended to the separation of the physical body from the guidance of the spirititual soul (which is sourced in the Divine).

I should add that I am not an expert in the field of etymology.

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