[b-hebrew] YHWH: Consonants or Vowels?

David P Donnelly davedonnelly1 at juno.com
Sat Sep 13 09:23:49 EDT 2003

Are the 4 Hebrew letters of the Tetragrammaton consonants or vowels?

First-century priest and historian Falvius Josephus writes about the
sacred Name 
that was engraved on the headpiece of the high priest: 
A mitre also of fine linen encompassed his head, 
which was tied by a blue riband, 
about which there was another golden crown, 
in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]; 
it consists of four vowels.
Wars of the Jews, Book 5, chapter 5

It is well known that the Yod and the He and the Waw/Vav 
are all used as vowel-letters in the un-pointed Hebrew Text.
many sources say that vowel-letters were not used until about 1000
B.C.-900 B.C.
Is their any solid evidence 
that the Yod and the He and the Waw/Vav were not being used as vowel
when Genesis 2:4 was first written?

Dave Donnelly 

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