Curious abut "G-d"

Juan Stam juanstam at racsa.co.cr
Sat Jan 19 23:34:22 EST 2002


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Greetings from Costa Rica.

Can anyone tell us how, when , where and by whom the hybrid name "Jehovah" (consonants of tettragrammaton, vowels of Edonay) was in troduced? In what language?  How ancient?

Many thanks

Juan Stam (National University of Costa Rica)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ken Smith 
  To: Biblical Hebrew 
  Sent: Friday, January 18, 2002 7:51 PM
  Subject: RE: Curious abut "G-d"


  Thanks for the response.  I hadn't been aware of the distinction between writings that were intended to last, and writings that weren't.
   
  But I guess I'm still curious.  The "name" of God isn't "God", nor is it "Elohim".  According to various passages in Exodus, it's the Tetragrammaton, right, i.e., YHWH?  I'm familiar with, and at one level or another can understand, the care about YHWH, but I wasn't aware that the same care was taken with )LHYM.  (Or is it?) If not, why is it taken with the English "God"?
   
  Sorry, hope I'm not being excessively dense here.
   
  Ken Smith
    -----Original Message-----
    From: MGSKamerun at aol.com [mailto:MGSKamerun at aol.com] 
    Sent: Friday, January 18, 2002 1:10 PM
    To: Biblical Hebrew
    Subject: Re: Curious abut "G-d"


    Hi, 
    I think they don't want to write the name of God on a paper (or in a mail) because they know that the concerned script is not meant to last forever. In other terms: If you know that you will delete your E-Mail or throw away your paper you come in conflict with the one of the ten commandments not to use the name of God in vain. There is a tradition not to throw away or burn used Tora scrolls but to bury them like a mortal remain because the name of God is written on it. 
    There is also the tradition to write elokim instead of the name of God, or two jod for the Tetragrammaton. 
    Yours sincerely 
    Martin Schroeder 

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