[b-hebrew] Masoretic vocalization of the name
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Sep 15 07:15:55 EDT 2005
On 15/09/2005 03:52, kgraham0938 at comcast.net wrote:
>Has anyone ever heard of these? Out of curiosity, I came across this one day. Anyone ever heard of this guy, Gertoux?
>"The word Yahowah has never been used in any Bibles. The (fanciful) grammatical pattern which involves a change a to e has never existed. In actual fact, before 1100 CE , the Tetragram has been pointed with only the two vowels e, a of the Aramaic word Shema which means "The Name".The vowel o appeared, after 1100 CE , owing to the influence of the reading of the word Adonay."
I have heard of Gertoux, and have corresponded with him. He seems to
know what he is talking about in most cases. There is quite a lot of
relevant material on his website http://gertoux.online.fr/divinename/
(in English, or http://gertoux.online.fr/nomdivin/ in French) including
sample passages on the "How to GET the book" tab as well as in the FAQ.
There is presumably more in his book, which I have not seen.
However, he is not quite correct in the above: the vowel o (holam) which
he mentions appears in the Leningrad Codex of 1008/9 CE in a small
minority of cases. Also, while it is true that the vowel sequence sheva,
qamats is that of the Aramaic word Shema, that by no means implies that
that was the intended pronunciation - after all, there are hundreds of
other words with that vowel pattern.
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