I wish to identify the oldest known root from which we derive the words 'real' and 'reality', et cetera.
I got as far as determining the origin of the English words real and reality is Latin res, meaning thing, matter.
I found one online reference indicating res may have been derived from the (20th) Hebrew letter resh. I found that reference here. But I have not found much else linking these two words.
I would like to know if anyone with more knowledge on such things has any insight on this. The Hebrew letter resh, interestingly, was derived from an image of a man's head (which one could arguably say is rather linked to our perception and determination of what is real). Also, I understand resh can refer to a container, and boundaries. Latin res refers to a thing. Philosophically, it could be said things are the product of man identifying boundaries within what is otherwise a unified world, and through a process of reductionism classifying the product of these boundaries as separate things.
What I would like to determine is simply whether there is any plausibility to the idea of a link between Hebrew resh and Latin res.