languageleon wrote:No problem. But what I find more interesting is the relation and translations of words, rather than their etymology.
To know a word comes from where-ever is cool, but to then compare "Prince of Darkness" to "Light-bringer" really puts language in perspective, no!
I've always thought the myth of Lucifer is tied to the myth of Prometheus, the bringer of fire to man. The sin of both was excessive pride, and both were punished by the gods (or God) for their hubris. Also, men were then punished for accepting fire by giving them the "gift" of woman (Pandora, or "all gifts"), who of course brought all the woes of life on mankind when her "box" was "opened". This seems close in spirit at least to the story of Adam and Eve being cast out of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit. And, Prometheus' father, Iapetus (whose name may derive from the Biblical Japheth, son of Noah, according to Hornblower and Spawforth), was a Titan who was cast by Zeus into the depths of Tartarus.