God's name: was Curious abut "G-d"

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Jan 23 22:20:11 EST 2002

But this was documented in the Torah, it is not "my" religious 
beliefs, and Christians, I am told by Christians, also believe in the 


Shoshanna, you are entitled to your views on this matter, which are
religious beliefs. You have stated these beliefs clearly before, and
there is no need for you to repeat them. I have carefully avoided
posting my own Christian beliefs about this. For this list is not the
place for propagation of any particular religious position.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shoshanna Walker [mailto:rosewalk at concentric.net]
> Sent: 24 January 2002 00:12
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: God's name: was Curious abut "G-d"
> Lookit
> Only the High Priest knew how to pronounce the Name, and was the only
> one permitted to pronounce the Name, once a year, on Yom Kippur, in
> the Inner Chamber of the Temple, where no one else was ever permitted
> except for him, and only on this one day per year.  In case he DIED
> from not being sufficiently spiritually prepared for the sheer
> holiness of the experience, a rope was tied to him, so that they
> could pull him out if necessary, without having to go in.
> And you tell us that there is a - modern - non Jewish - BOOK - which
> purports to discuss the pronunciation of this holy Name????????
> Is this author really serious?  What utter chutzpa!  What is there to
> discuss, what is the need that people feel, to what purpose do they
> think they need to know the  pronunciation of the Name?  They
> wouldn't even know what to do with it, even if they knew how to
> pronounce it, and worse, it could cause them great damage, if they
> were not meant to know.....
> Shoshanna
> There is a new book on this subject that soon will be published in
> English. I have read the French edition: "Gérard Gertoux (1999) Un
> Historique du Nom Divin YHWH, Paris: L'Harmattan. It will soon be
> published in English by "University Press of America": I got a
> pre-publication discount of 20 % by ordering it last week
> (custserv at rowman.com.); ordinary price is $ 47.
> The author has marshaled a huge amount of material from Hebrew and
> cognate languages, and while it is difficult to draw definite
> conclusions regarding the pronunciation of the name, this is the most
> thorough discussion I have seen.
> Regards
> Rolf
> Rolf Furuli
> University of Oslo

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