[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Tue Aug 2 19:36:08 EDT 2005


On 02/08/2005 21:53, Vadim Cherny wrote:

> ...
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>>You have asserted this many times, but you have not provided one scrap
>>of evidence.
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>a. No one would declare vowelization of a common verb secret
>b. Why use Aramaic root?
>c. Since all letters in yhwh are special cases, vowelization of the verb is
>uncertain and any standard reading has problems
>d. Greeks could not hear yhwh verb as Iao; in a parallel case of Jehu, the
>minimal transliteration is Iou, with o for he; Greeks heard he when it is
>the only consonant; alpha in Iao could only come from he, which is only
>possible if he is mater lectionis, and YHW is a construct, not a word
>e. The verb hypothesis doesn't straightforwardly explain YaH/ YaHu/ YaHo
>forms
>f. Plural suffixes are likewise construed of possessive suffixes
>g. Why use future tense or imperfect; "he shall exist" is not immediately
>meaningful
>h. Matres lectionis are a sufficiently important development to embed them
>in the divine name
>i. YHW as "I, thou, he" makes sense philosophically
>j. Since the verb ihie is common, a major prohibition of pronouncing the
>name in vain becomes meaningless
>
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>
Not one of these items of evidence bears any weight at all. This horse 
is dead because you have been feeding it only with hot air, no 
substance. So I will stop beating it by trying to answer you.

-- 
Peter Kirk
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