[b-hebrew] YHWH: Consonants or Vowels?

David P Donnelly davedonnelly1 at juno.com
Sat Sep 13 17:54:42 EDT 2003


Jack says:

>>>
Since Genesis was almost certainly written AFTER 900 BCE, 
what is  the problem?
>>>

Dave says:

Possibly there is no problem, 
if the Book of Genesis was written after 900 BCE.

Is it your understanding that Yod and He and Waw/Vav 
were all being used as vowel letters in the Book of Genesis?

And if your answer is "yes"
it seems at least possible that Josephus was correct,
that YHWH was composed of 4 vowels,
and not 4 consonants.

e.g. it is possible that the 3 Hebrew vowel-letters,
[Yod/once and He/twice and Waw/Vav/once]
that are found in the Tetragrammaton,
were being used strictly as vowels.

Dave Donnelly 


On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 16:15:51 -0500 "Jack Kilmon" <jkilmon at historian.net>
writes:
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "David P Donnelly" <davedonnelly1 at juno.com>
> To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 8:23 AM
> Subject: [b-hebrew] YHWH: Consonants or Vowels?
> 
> 
> > 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.
> >
> > However,
> > 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
> > letters
> > when Genesis 2:4 was first written?
> 
> Since Genesis was almost certainly written AFTER 900 BCE, what is 
> the
> problem?
> 
> Jack
> 
> 
> 


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