Word of the Day / Hashmal
The Hebrew word for electricity made its debut in the book of Ezekiel, in a fantastical depiction of an apparition.
The modern-day word for electricity, pronounced hash-MAL, made its debut in Hebrew in the book of Ezekiel, but back then it didn’t mean what it has come to mean today. Ezekiel, to the best of our knowledge, lived in an electricity-free world. Yet what it denotes isn’t exactly clear, since the word appears in a fantastical depiction of an apparition viewed solely by the prophet.