[b-hebrew] Variants of YHWH in the BHS Text
dwashbur at nyx.net
Fri Sep 26 16:36:44 EDT 2003
On Friday 26 September 2003 12:43, Jason Hare wrote:
> I think it might be wise for you to understand from the beginning the
> purpose and scope of B-Hebrew. This is a forum for discussion of the text
> of the Hebrew Bible (HB). We have participants from all different
> perspectives: Jews, Christians, Atheists, Faith-Disinterested, and many
> others. We have discussed the Tetragrammaton on several occasions (which
> you can search out in our archives). We are, as a group, not interested in
> propagation of theological perspectives. We discuss the text based on
> Hebrew from an educated perspective.
> Please, do not think that you have come here with something new. We are
> weathered in respect to the Hebrew Bible. We have heard most all arguments
> that you could present. And we all have our own perspectives. However, you
> will surely find no support for the idea that "Yehovah" or "Jehovah" or
> "Yahweh" or whatever name you choose to be "God's" is absolute without
> contestation. If your interest is to find support for a "Sacred Name"
> position, you will surely not find it here (or in any decent scholarly
Umm, excuse me for jumping in, but that wasn't what he said. He said he was
trying to understand it. To my knowledge, David has not given any statement
of "belief" to date on this subject. He has been trying to ask questions.
The short answer, David, is that it was not meant to be pronounced with the
four consonants YHWH. The vowels around it were meant to indicate that the
reader should substitute "adonai" in those places. The Name with those
vowels wasn't supposed to be pronounced at all; it was later (and I believe,
primarily Christian) readers and translators who made the mistake of
combining the consonants with the substitute vowels and came up with the
whole "Jehovah" thing. So to answer your question, "how should it be
pronounced as it appears in that particular edition," the answer is, "it
"God does a lot of things in the Psalms
that He can't get away with in systematic theology."
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