this is very interesting!
As far as I know, in general it was the mother who gave names to the children, not the father. But I am not quite sure about this.
Now to the archangel MICHAEL
: As far as I can see, his tradition is fairly young. It first appears in the book of Daniel
chapt. 7. which is dated 2nd Century B.C.E.
There are 10 "real" persons in the Hebrew bible by the name MICHAEL
, and the tradition to the books concerned is a lot older than Daniel
. You'll also find MICHAYA(HU, which means the same except it has the name YHWH in it.
Do you have any evidence that the archangel MICHAEL
should be older than the personal name MICHAEL
? Do you know anything about any polytheistic tradition with MICHAEL
as a god? That would be very interesting!
But until then I believe that Michael
is just a name like Jonathan
or Raffael, made up by happy mothers for their children. Or do you have an explanation for the name of the archangel RAFFAEL as a former god? I'll stick to "God has healed (me from being childless)". This is how a great many Hebrew names work.Andy