[b-hebrew] END OF THREAD: Variants of YHWH in the BHS Text
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furuli at online.no
Sun Sep 28 06:28:27 EDT 2003
The things that bother you are real, because Yahweh is an artificial
construction which has absolutely no basis in old Hebrew sources. It
is reported by some Church fathers that the Samaritans used a
pronunciation close to Yahweh, but there are no Hebrew sources
pointing in this direction.
An important argument against Yahweh is that it has just two
syllables, whereas the evidence from theophoric Hebrew names in the
Tanakh points in the direction of three syllables. There are so many
names beginning with YEHU (YAHU?) suggesting that this was the
pronunciation of the first two syllables. The forms YHW (YAHU or
YAHO ) from Elephantine may very well represent the first two
syllables of an apocopated form.
We realize that the Masoretic pointing (E-A, E-O-A, E-I) do not tell
us anything about the original pronunciation of YHWH. However, few
realize that the opposite is true as well. There is no reason to
believe that the Masoretes knew how YHWH originally was pronounced,
so their borrowing the vowels of )LHYM and )DNY in no way rules out
that these vowels were used in the original pronunciation.
>We will allow an answer to Liz recent points about the pronunciation of the
>tetragrammaton, shown here. Keep it on track, folks!
>Dear Dave et.al.,
>I pronounce the name Yahweh when I teach
>largely because scholars have for the most
>part decided that this is how it was pronounced.
>As Peter says, it's based on the Greek where it was
>written IAOUE. However, several things have always
>bothered me about this. 1) it doesn't conform to any of
>the theophoric names that we have, 2) it doesn't conform
>to what we know from Elephantine, and 3) the Greeks, to
>my knowledge, do not have an aspirated H in the middle of
>their words, so that sound if there could not have been expressed.
>herefore, it doesn't make sense to me that Yah-weh is correct.
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