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

David P Donnelly davedonnelly1 at juno.com
Sat Sep 27 14:36:37 EDT 2003

Mark Eddy says:

So the "it is written" form of God's Hebrew name has no  vowels.

Dave says:

Concerning this "it is written" form of God's name that has no vowels,
God says in the last sentence of Exodus 3:15: 

: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

It would seem that you possibly  believe that this 4-letter Hebrew name
without vowels
is God's name forever.

Do you believe that a time will come,
when men and women will once again know how 
to pronounce this 4-letter Hebrew name without vowels,
and men and women will pray to God using this name?
[and pronouncing this name as God pronounced it to Moses]

Dave Donnelly

On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 12:18:01 -0500 "Pastor Mark Eddy"
<markeddy at adams.net> writes:
> One more answer to your post, from a slightly different perspective:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "David P Donnelly" <davedonnelly1 at juno.com>
> >
> > Yehovah
> > [yod-shewa-he-holem-vav-qamets-he]
> > is a Hebrew form of God's name
> > that is preserved in both the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text,
> > and in the Leningrad Codex..
> >
> > It appears to be a Hebrew form,
> > that is pronounceable.
> >
> Just because can be pronounced does not mean that it was ever 
> intended to be pronounced. So you ought not
> to make the following statement:
> > It is pronounced "Yehovah" in Hebrew.
> It "could be" pronounced this way. And it "is" pronounced this way 
> by some people who don't understand the
> Massoretic substitution of the word Adonai for YHWH as they read the 
> biblical text.
> > Thus to be redundant,
> > I am trying to understand the "it is written" form of God's Hebrew 
> name,
> > [e.g. Yehovah]
> > as it is preserved in the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text over 6000 
> times,
> > and as it is preserved in the Leningrad Codex 44 times.
> I think the question is, what do you mean by "the 'it is written' 
> form of God's Hebrew name"? When the
> divine name was first written, it had no vowels. The Dead Sea 
> scrolls have no vowels points. Some of the
> scrolls even write the name YHWH in ancient Hebrew script while the 
> rest of the text is written in what we
> now call Hebrew script. The copyists were preserving the divine name 
> just as they saw it in the old
> script, while they were converting the rest of the text to "modern" 
> script. Some later pointed Hebrew
> manuscripts refrain from adding vowel points to YHWH, even though 
> the vowels had been added to every other
> word. So the "it is written" form of God's Hebrew name has no 
> vowels. The vowels were added later, by
> people who did not pronounce the divine name. You can see pictures 
> of these older manuscripts in Ernst
> Wuerthwein's book _The Text of the Old Testament_, a standard 
> textbook for textual criticism of the Hebrew
> Bible. It is clearly documented that the original Hebrew text was 
> written without vowels. So we cannot
> refer to an original pronunciation of YHWH. We can only refer to the 
> Massoretic pointing of the NAME, and
> we know that they pronounced it "Adonai."
> > I am aware that many sources do not believe that
> > this  "it is written" form of God's Hebrew name,
> > [e.g. Yehovah]
> > was meant to be pronounced.
> This is not just a belief but an historically accurate description.
> If you wish to discuss the pronunciation of the divine name based on 
> the names of biblical people which
> incorporated that name, you may find some support for the 
> pronunciation Yehovah. See names such as
> Jeho-shua, Jeho-nathan, Jeho-iada, etc. Someone else has already 
> suggested a different possibliity,
> people's names that end in "jahu" or just "yah." These would suggest 
> a different pronunciation for the
> divine name.
> Mark Eddy

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