Re: [tied] Tychicus

From: george knysh
Message: 20954
Date: 2003-04-12

--- Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@...>
> I fully agree that the name of St. Tychicus, a
> 1st-c. native Ephesian, is absolutely unlikely to
> have anything to do with Slavic *tixU and very
> likely to have everything to do with Greek <tukHe:>
> 'fortune, chance, luck'. <tukHikos> is attested as a
> Greek adjective, and <tukHo:n> was a by-name of
> Hermes.

*****GK: This may very well be the case, but what I
find interesting here is Jerome's erroneous etymology.
I doubt that he was unaware of the Greek word <tukHe:>
Why did he choose "silence" rather than "luck" to
explain Tychicus? It does seem a bit farfetched
(though not absolutely impossible) to look for a
Slavic connection (but we really know very little
about St Tychicus, and his Ephesian birth is a later
assumption on the basis of the available NT material).
What other language, in the late 4th or early 5th
century, might have suggested "silence" to


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