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By Jeff A. Benner

The "United States of America" is written in Hebrew as ארצות הברית של אמריקה (artsot haberiyt shel america). The noun ארצות (artsot) is the plural form of the word ארץ (erets, Strong's #776) meaning "land." The wordהברית (haberiyt) is the noun ברית (beriyt, Strong's #1285) meaning "covenant" with the prefix ה (ha) meaning "the." The word של (shel) means "of." And the word אמריקה (ameriqah) is of course a Hebrew transliteration of the English word "America." When put together, this phrase literally reads, "the covenant lands of America."

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