Is Habbakuk an Igbo word? By Iroabuchi Onwuka

We continue  our investigative inquiry into names we can find in the Bible, names like Jeremiah and now Habbakuk. Once more we want to ask, what is the meaning of the word Habbakuk in Hebrew? Well Habbakuk simply means “exalted father” in Hebrew. It is Hebrew word which is seriously encomiastic, meaning that some Jews would rather interprete Habbakuk as “Holy father”.

Habbakuk is a very simply Hebrew to interprete and one of the most profound in essence. The book is possibly post-exilic written by returnees to Jerusalem or thereabout, following Nebuchadnezzer enslavement of Judeans, in 586 Bc.

Our immediate concern is the meaning of the name in Igbo, but its meaning in Hebrew might suggest that Habbakuk was perhaps a record of a prophet’s oracles. In essence, Habakkuk was intended as an address of some sort. In that word Habbakuk, we recognise the presence of two words; one, Habba, sourthern Israeli for Abba meaning ‘father’ and the other, Kuku or Kuk in Hebrew, reffering to the ‘greater one’.

This is clearly Igbo since we can easily adjust the play in terms of conversion, for we know that Uku in Igbo is simply exact in meaning as ‘exalted’ or ‘great one’. In Igbo,’Nke Uku’ is an extented version of the word Uku, Nkuku which makes no mistakes about the ‘great one’ the ‘exalted one’, chime exactly with Hebrew’s kuku/kuk.

This is hardly the end, yet no demonstration is entirely needed to check mate Habbakuku as the equivalent of Igbos Abba Nkuku, meaning the more ‘exalted father’. It mirrors in my perspective the degree to which Igbos or Hebrews, or anyone group might become ennui with ‘new found’ glossary when the know the frame of the existing words in both Hebrew and Igbo languages are still under trial.  

Some Igbos might argue that Abba as  ‘father’ is not universally accepted as Igbo word for ‘father .  Such position is very short in view and playing naive. It is still okay to argue about such thing, but we now know that there is a word called Okoro Abba(Okocha Abba), meaning in Igbo ‘Young daddy’ or a ‘male widow’ and we know that Okorocha or Kocha (OKosha)  is Igbo for ‘young star’ ”young upstart’or ‘fair young fellow’, the word ‘Abba’ easily accedes to our appreciation as ‘father’ or as a form of Dad.

The Igbo words Abba and Uku, easily come together as Abba Ukwu. C/C Nnayi-Ukwu, Papa-Ukwu, and so on, all meaning ‘great father’ . To however say, Nna Nkuku might refer to a father not entirely human. This in my opinion is why the  Hebrew word Kuku might have been the inspiration for ‘holy father’.

Iroabuchi Onwuka

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9 Responses to “Is Habbakuk an Igbo word? By Iroabuchi Onwuka”

  1. chidozie umeh Says:

    This is one of eyes opener that we igbo,s are looking for,that will tell us where we came from, with this every reasonable igbo man or woman will know that our originated from isreal

  2. chidozie umeh Says:

    we originated from isreal

  3. Abaelu Chike Says:

    I like this. Shows a deep knowledge of igbo language. Someone said a version of ibo language is spoken in Haiti, how true is this?

  4. Victor Edwinzorka Says:

    I want to point something out to you Mr Onwuka or canI call you Iroabuchi,and this is on some write up that you made on the origin of the english numbers and their correlation with a possible Igbo origin. You said that the number nine was ‘Iteghete’, and you are indeed very correct and right, but I want you to also know that it is also called ‘Itenani’ in some Igbo dilalects. And so Nine equals Itenani, which you said also equals Itehani, et al! Good luck to you and may you live long so that together all of us who are in the know would one day liberate the Igbo race and show the whole world that trully we were the first and original Hebrews or Jews of this world! I am currently writing a book that would in no small measure also see to that.

  5. Victor K'Anayochukwu Ozorka Says:

    I want to point something out to you Mr Onwuka or can I call you Iroabuchi, and this is on some write up that you made on the origin of the English numbers and their correlation with, or a possible Igbo origin. You said that the number nine was ‘Iteghete’, and you are indeed very correct and right, but I want you to also know that it is also called ‘Itenani’ in some Igbo dilalects. And so Nine equals Itenani, which you said also equals Itehani, et al! Good luck to you and may you live long so that together all of us who are in the know would one day liberate the Igbo race and show the whole world that trully we were the first and original Hebrews or Jews of this world! I am currently writing a book that would in no small measure also see to that.

  6. onyedikachim perry Says:

    i like your good works more crown to your elbow. But hom will i get a book title BOOK OF ENOCH. and BOOK OF JASHER

  7. samuel onyejizu Says:

    there is no two ways about it igbo people are jewish people no argue about it pls the important thing is let us behave like the jewish people and come together to develope our states and stop developing western state of nigeria like lagos state pls god bless you ndigbo

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