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

Jason Hare jason at hareplay.com
Sun Sep 28 18:24:18 EDT 2003


BTW, one of the things that keeps me liking these two suggestions (and
that's all they are) is that they maintain the consonantal nature of the
first Heh. I just don't think that Heh would tend to be a /mater lectionis/
in the middle of a word. I know that it (sorta) happens in forms of HYH -- 
LiH:YoWT, &c. However, I don't think that it would function as a normal -ah
within a word. Are there examples of this happening? Heh is normally a
/mater/ at the end of a word.

Jason

> Liz, et al.
>
> What if, rather than taking the VAV as a vowel, we take it consonantally
and
> make the -u- vowel proceed from a kibbutz?
>
> YaHuWeH
>
> Then, the VAV doesn't lose its consonantal nature (as all seem to see it
> need) if this is the case. I have read before a  suggestion that I had
> thought was in the Artscroll Siddur--consequently, I cannot now find the
> statement! What is said, however, is that YaHaWeH was a possible
> pronunciation. In this the first vowel is a full patach, the second is a
> chatef-patach and the third is a segol. Thus:
>
> YAHA:WEH
>
> What do you think?
>
> Regards,
> Jason




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