Why ‘Talmid’?

When I took Hebrew in Bible College and Seminary, I had to take a Hebrew name. I chose Talmid, which means “learner” or “student” or “disciple.” It is a different form of the word talmud, which is “teaching.” The basic word in this family is the verb lamad, “to learn.”
One of the things I love about the biblical words in this family is that the usual word used to say “teach” is just the same verb (lamad) in a causative stem; i.e. to teach is to “cause to learn.” Cool, huh?
Similarly, in Greek class, I took the name Philomathes, meaning “lover of learning.”

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