|Dr. Couch, what do the words holocaust and pogrom mean?|
ANSWER: Holocaust comes from the word "holo" which means "complete, whole, entire." In the Middle English, and in Latin, the word is "holocaustrum." The Septuagint Greek uses the word "holokauston" meaning to burn up completely and wholly. This Greek word is used in Exodus 10:25; 29:25. It refers to the burnt offerings on the altar. This word comes into current usage and refers to what happened to the Jews during World War II. Many thousands, if not millions, were consumed by the fires of Nazi hatred. And by the way, we now have evidence that the main reason for World War II was to get rid of European Jewry. The Germans were paranoid about the Jews. From start to finish, in the rise of Hitler, the purpose was to rid the world of Israel. This was top priority with Hitler and many, many Germans.
Pogrom is a Yiddish and a Russian word that described the persecution of the Jews in Russia around 1880-85. It speaks of the organized massacre of the Jews during that period, but also, of any other time in which there is a distinct effort to destroy and eliminate God's chosen people.
The word comes from the Russian word "pogramit;" the word "gromit" means to destroy, devastate, and that comes from the idea of "thunder."
These two words are applied only to what happened to the Jewish people. They are graphic and descriptive words that conjure up a terrible picture of destruction and satanic hatred.
Thanks for asking.
Mal Couch, Ph.D., Th.D.