[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:

> ...
>>You have asserted this many times, but you have not provided one scrap
>>of evidence.
>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
>f. Plural suffixes are likewise construed of possessive suffixes
>g. Why use future tense or imperfect; "he shall exist" is not immediately
>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
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
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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