[b-hebrew] RE: nomen tetragrammaton

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 11 21:06:27 EST 2004

The last word, "Hashem", is just an abbreviated repetition of the first two -word phrase, and was neeedlessly included here.
The phrase, nowadays better and more correctly known as  "hashem hamephorash" is understood as 'the explicit name', though originally it may have meant the distinct or the declared name, an appellation of  they deity's personal name.
BTW, there was some discussion here on 'the evil inclination'. Here, too, the more correct usage is "hayyetzer hara' ", with the article H before the first word. The form discussed, "yetzer hara"' , while found in literature, has a totally different meaning, namely: ' the inclination of (the) evil', which be would hard to understand by those who do not accept evil as an existing, independent entity with its own various inclinations. 

Jeremy Lupton <torah_neophyte at hotmail.com> wrote:
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".



[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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