[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed Jul 20 12:38:51 EDT 2005
Perhaps, final waw is omitted because the ancients recognized it for what it
is, a vowel, 3ms suffix. Iod and hey are another two suffixes.
Similarly, in other instances, hey--mater lectionis--is omitted, leaving
iod-waw, iau. This could be either 1s + old 3ms suffixes, or pure vowels of
1s, 2ms, 3ms suffixes.
In other words, yahu variants are congruent with hypothesis of the
Tetragrammaton as "I, thou, you."
> This brings up something I've been curious about for some time. Several
> of these names have variant spellings/pronunciations. The example the
> leaps to mind is that of אליהו ('eliyahu), which is also written (as in
> Malachi 3.23) אליה (eliyah). Does this reflect a difference in
> pronunciation in different regions (Northern Kingdom v Southern) or
> different time periods? And could it reflect a difference in
> pronunciation of YHWH, or is it assumed to be restricted to the derived
> John W. Leys
> Graduate School, Jewish Theological Seminary (Student)
> "Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge"
> - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
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