[b-hebrew] Variants of YHWH in the BHS Text

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Sep 26 17:34:37 EDT 2003

Further evidence that the word was not supposed to be pronounced is that it has different vowels, those from )LHYM in verses such as Genesis 15:2, 8 and in verses like Exodus 34:23 I don’t know which word the vowels are from. If YHWH were meant to be pronounced with the most common vowels, the vowels would have remained constant throughout, and examples as these show that they did not.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>
> 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 
> shouldn't."
> -- 
> Dave Washburn
> http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
> "God does a lot of things in the Psalms
> that He can't get away with in systematic theology."
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