[b-hebrew] RE: nomen tetragrammaton

Jeremy Lupton torah_neophyte at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 11 19:02:44 EST 2004


Philip,
Maybe "shem hamephorash hashem" could be understood if "shem" is understood 
as "name of".

Then maybe it means "(the) name of the mephorash HaShem" (the adjective 
mephorash being used as a substantive), or else "the mephorash name of 
HaShem".  Don't be surprised if I'm wrong, I only know a little Hebrew.


Philip Engmann wrote:
"Whenever, therefore, this nomen tetragrammaton occurred in the sacred
text, (shem hameporash hashem)[1]  they were accustomed to substitute
for it Adonai."[2]

The above is a quote from Gesenius's OT lexicon.[3]

I find it difficult to translate and interpret the phrase, shem
hameporash hashem.

The best I can do is literally, "name, the distinct name", or "name, the
holy name".

Philip




  _____

[1] Hameporash means the distinct or the holy and it is a pual singular
masculine participle derived from the verb,  wr!po.  [Benjamin Davidson,
The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, (Grand Rapids, Michigan:
Zondervan Publishing House), 1970. Pages 507 and 635].

[2] H. W. F. Gesenius, Gesenius's Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old
Testament, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1979). Page 337.

[3] H. W. F. Gesenius, Gesenius's Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old
Testament, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1979). Page 337.








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