Mesha Stele and the Tetragrammaton

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Fri Feb 16 20:10:23 EST 2001

This is an ingenious explanation, but what evidence do you have for this one
rather than the more obvious one that YHWH was pronounced something like
IAW? By the way, I presume that the W here is an omega not a W sound. But
even with the omega this could be consistent with both common suggestions,
Yahwe and Yehowa.

Peter Kirk

-----Original Message-----
From: Eduardo M. Acuna [mailto:eacuna at]
Sent: 15 February 2001 16:53
To: Biblical Hebrew
Subject: Re: Mesha Stele and the Tetragrammaton

4QLXXLevb translates YHWH as IAW, which is a greek phonetic transcription
for an inverse (i.e., magic) substitution of the (incomplete) vowels of


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