Alice C. Linsley
A reader from Torrence, California has asked if the name Nehesi might be the same as the Biblical name Nahor. On the surface this seems a possibility since the vowels are not certain and the root is the same. Removing the vowels, we have NH as a common root. Na-Hor means the Na of Horus, that is to say "One who serves Horus." In the Akkadian, Na is a modal prefix indicating service to, affirmation, or affiliation. Nahor was apparently a Horite ruler-priest, as was his father Terah. Terah means priest. Terah and Nahor are not names. They are titles.
Nehesi is also a title. It means One who serves Hesi. There is a relationship between the names in that Hesi was another name for Hathor-Meri, Horus' mother. However, the names do not designate the same person. Shrines were dedicated to both Horus and Hathor throughout ancient Canaan. These were mound cities with water sources. Tell-Hesi is an example. Other mound shrines included Hazor and Beersheba.
Nahor was Abraham's older brother. He was named after his maternal grandfather. Nahor the Younger ascended to the throne of his father Terah in the region of Aram Naharaim, between the western Tigris and the Euphrates. This territory was ruled by Nimrod, one of Nahor's ancestors (Gen. 10:8-12).
Nehesi refers to people of the Upper Nile, probably Nubians, and often appears as Ta-Nehesi, meaning Land of Nehesi. The Nubians regarded Horus and his mother Hathor or Hesi as deities.
Ta-Seti means "Land of the Bow." Terah is a title found among the ancient Nubians. Tera-neter designated a nobleman of the Ainu people, pre-dynastic inhabitants of the Upper Nile. Neter means ruler or king. Neter was retained in the Coptic language as Nuti. Some Nubians had black skin and others had red skin, as shown above. The greatest genetic diversity exists even today in Africa.
The Line of Nahor the Elder
Nahor the Elder was Abraham's maternal grandfather. He was a descendant of Nimrod, the great Kushite kingdom builder. Erech (Uruk), Accad (Akkad or Agade) and Calneh were centers of Nimrod's initial territory. From there he went north and conquered or founded Asshur, Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen. All these city-states were united by a common script, the Akkadian cuneiform. The language of Nimrod's territory was related to Elamite, Dravidian, Chadic and Kushite languages. This should not surprise us since Nimrod was a son of Kush (Gen. 10:8-12).
Related reading: God's African Ancestors; Issues in the Historical Phonology of Chadic Languages; Abraham's Kushite Ancestors; Tomb of Nubian Priest Found; Terah's Nubian Ancestors