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

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Sun Sep 28 14:44:41 EDT 2003

On 28/09/2003 10:07, Trevor Peterson wrote:

>Liz wrote:
>>The Greek 
>>transliteration OU is customarily read as the consonant W in 
>>the word Yahweh, but it could equally be read as the long ooo 
>But if it is /u/, then what is the next consonant? In Hebrew, you can't
>have two vowels in a row. Maybe we could suggest that it is both /u/ and
>/w/, but I can't think of an example where we get that combination. (I
>seem to remember getting a yod-dagesh representing a mater followed by a
>consonantal yod, but not with vav.) If that's not possible, then it
>seems to me that we don't have a valid form (unless the h starts the
>next syllable, but who's suggesting that?).
Well, I can think of two possibly relevant examples. One is the rather 
odd form QWH (1Ki 10:28) or QW) (2Ch 1:16) which is represented in 
English translations as Kue, although pointed with sheva and tsere. The 
other is in fact an exception to the two vowels in a row rule, which I 
already mentioned, that we could have a furtive patah before he with mappiq.

Peter Kirk
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