Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg is the Founding Director and Editor-in-chief of Veromemanu and it' website BiblicalHebrewEtymology.com.
Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.
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In this week's Parashah, Lech Lecha, we are introduced to Abraham's nephew, Lot. Is there a meaning hinted to in his name, which may provide insight into his choices and actions?
Our Sages interpreted many names as hints to their character (see e.g. Tanch. Haazinu 7), and indeed said this about Lot's name as well (Tanch. Vayeshev 6), but in this case the Midrash did not specify what the name alludes to (but see Etz Yosef commentary ad loc. for his suggestions).
This article seeks to determine the underlying meaning of the name by comparing it to other words in the Holy Language containg the string לט, the consonant letters of the word. We hope our proposals help to unpack this enwrapped (לוּטָה) mystery and illuminate concepts shrouded in murkiness (עלטה).