Makor - Source
by Mary Okkema
"The fear of the Lord is the source of life.” Proverbs 14:27a
The Hebrew word makor means "source, fountain, or spring.” When I began learning Hebrew, this word sounded very familiar. I knew I had used it or read it before. It is found in a book that many have read: The Source, by James Michener. The setting of this book is a fictitious location called “Tel Makor." A tel is a mound that has been built up over centuries as a result of a city being rebuilt many times on the same location.
The Source weaves a story about the archaeological digs at this fictitious tel which has a source of water — the reason for its name. In Michener's distinct style, as artifacts are discovered from each time period, the story explains how the artifact came to be in a particular location. I found it to be a great play on the word "makor," because there were so many hints at its meaning. What does a tel have to do with the word "source"? A source of fresh water is a critical need for all civilizations; so where there is a tel, there will be a water source.
Interestingly, the Bible presents a frequent image of God as the makor of living water, which is often pictured as flowing out of Jerusalem:
And we will finally find the source at God’s throne in heaven!
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