Mesha Stele and the Tetragrammaton
Eduardo M. Acuna
eacuna at mail.giga.com
Tue Feb 20 00:45:31 EST 2001
> In late LXX the complete greek word for ADONAI, KURIOS, was used as a
> replacement for YHWH. It is worth to note that it was not inverted
> (SOIRUK). The abbreviation KS from K(URIO)S may stand as a recognition of
> the abbreviation of Y(HW)H, as YH.
> The complete phonetic transcription: IAWE, is the samaritan pronunciation
> IAVE documented by Photius in his letter 162 to Amphiloque, which is the
> modern Iahveh, Yahveh or Yahweh.
The samaritan pronunciation IAVE is a non sense.
The non sense of IAVE [Yahweh] comes from the fact that it is the result
of mixed origins:
A.-  the transliteration of the phonetic transcription of the
incomplete inverted vowels of ADONAI as IAW.  The greek use of W as a
transliteration for O, which is the very same letter used for the hebrew
Waw and leading to the V as a phonetic transcription and B].-  The
abbreviation of Y[HW]H as YH, pronounced IA.  the matres lectionis
YHW being rendered as [YH]W, [IA]V, easily extended to [YH][WH], [IA][VE],
for the Tetragrammaton.
The grouping of YHWH as YH[WH] has been demonstrated with the
decodification of the Ashkenazi Tzitzith, as follows:
The letter-number equivalency used by the Scribes consists of a natural
number assigned to each letter in a natural order: aleph = 1, beth = 2,
ghimel = 3,...Thaw = 22; the letters order is given in Psalm 119 
with the final letters Kaph = 23, Mem = 24, Nun = 25, Phé = 26, Tsadé =
27 in Zephaniah 3,8. This code was written in the Tzitzith, an oral
tradition deeply bound with the Shema [Dt. 6,4].
As you can see in the above mentioned webpage, the Sephardite Tzitzith can
be expressed numerically by the number of turns of the blue thread as
10,5,6,5 which translates to y, h, w, h that is, YHWH. The
Ashkenazi Tzitzith has 7,8,11,13 turns of the blue thread which translates
as y[10-3=7], h[5+3=8], wh[6+5=11], )xd[1+8+4=13] that is, yhwh )xd.
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