[b-hebrew] YHWH: Consonants or Vowels?

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Mon Sep 15 11:15:38 EDT 2003


> Wars of the Jews, Book 5, chapter 5
> in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]; 
> it consists of four vowels.

Thackeray notes in the standard Loeb translation of JW 5.235, 

Why Josephus speaks of "four VOWELS" is uncertain. The first and third
letters are probably "by nature vowels" (=i and u), though by usage
consonants (Gesenius, Heb. Grammar, ed. Cowley, pp. 26, 45). He is perhaps
thinking of a GREEK form (IAUE).

Ken Penner, M.C.S. (Biblical Languages, Greek Focus), M.A. (Hebrew Poetry)
Ph.D. (cand.), McMaster University
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