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By Jeff A. Benner

The Modern Hebrew word מחשב (mahh’shev) means "computer." It is derived from the Ancient Hebrew root חשב (Hh-Sh-B, Strong's #2803) meaning "to think." One method of forming a Hebrew noun out of a root is by adding the letter מ (M) to the front of a root and this noun would then mean "what" does the action of that root. In the case of מחשב, this word means "what thinks"--a computer.

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