Every so often, fringe Christian figures look to Hebrew to impute Satanic inspiration. Sometimes, it backfires tremendously.
One-upping this woman who slammed Monster energy drinks with the sign of the beast, right-wing pastor Perry Stone has translated President Joe Biden’s name into Hebrew. When you break it down — eliding some vowels and looking into roots and the biblical story of Jacob’s son Dan — Stone said, it means “Alas, Judgment.”
Right-wing pastor Perry Stone claims to have discovered that Joe Biden’s name, when transliterated into Hebrew, means “Alas, Judgment.” pic.twitter.com/kAsmLUwIda— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) February 8, 2021
It seems like in Stone’s mind this reflects Biden’s executive orders and “contentious” passage of laws, more than the Final Judgment many Christians anticipate.
Now, translating English to an unrelated language group and trying to divine meaning from it is something of a fool’s errand. But let’s play at Stone’s game. After all, he said that he consulted with an “actual Hebrew scholar.”
What that unnamed scholar didn’t tell Stone is what his own name means when it’s transliterated. Thankfully, there’s Twitter for that.
Wait until he finds out you can spell Perry Stone “פרי שטן” https://t.co/tK1KIedz5y— Mordechai 🙃Purim at the Edge 2/26😷 Lightstone (@Mottel) February 8, 2021
Perry’s first name is easy. In Hebrew it means “fruit,” which is a nice enough name. Good work, Mr. and Mrs. Stone. Though, if we move to the surname we have something a bit less felicitous.
In Hebrew you’d spell that Sin-Tet-Nun. It’s the same spelling as “Satan.”
So actually, the name could mean “Fruit of Satan.”
But don’t get too hung up on that, Pastor. The good news is that none of this translating back and forth really means much. If you are still stuck on this unwelcome fact, though, remember that Biden’s actual given name is “Joseph” (the aforementioned Dan’s brother) which, more or less, means “to add” or “increase.”
So maybe Biden will add, or increase, judgment — not of the doomsday variety — to his office. Judgment can mean “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.”
Languages are fun!
PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture reporter. Ha can be reached at Grisar@Forward.com.
A pastor translated ‘Joe Biden’ to Hebrew; it backfired