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Subject: Re: The name "ESAI"
Author: Daividh   (guest, 209.209.176.82)
Date: February 19, 2002 at 6:40:18 PM
Reply to: Re: The name "ESAI" by Sarahjeanne
SJ,

"Esau" was my first hunch as well, but Esau in the Spanish bible is "Esau". Another site suggested, without much conviction, that Esai might be a variant of Jesse. But Esai is not in Hitchcock's Bible Dictionary (the definitive work on Biblical names), and Jesse in the Spanish bible is "Jese".

Three 16th century English bibles I referenced (love that 'Net!) use the name Esai (2) or Esay (1) for "Isaiah", so I'm pretty sure that's the derivation. How a Puerto Rican kid named Morales got the name is anyone's guess, but he WAS born in NYC...

- Da.

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