What’s in a name ...

2017-07-06 06:00

IN the Bible one often finds people who were given names - sometimes at birth, sometimes later - that make a statement about them or their character.

Barnabas, for example, whose name means “son of encouragement”, continually encouraged those he encountered. Jacob, whose name means “schemer”, repeatedly manipulated people and situations for his own selfish ends.

In the Old English Dictionary, a snollygoster is described as a “shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician”.

This then begs the question - if you come across a politician called Jacob, is he automatically deemed to be a snollygoster, and if so, might he be a resident in the palace at Nkandla?


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