[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed Aug 3 10:11:43 EDT 2005

> >In a word where all four letters are special cases, any pronunciation
> >be conjectured, but neither paal or hiphil could straightforwardly become
> >Yahwe; this requires considerable juggling.
> >
> No, by the standard rules of Hebrew conjugations, the hiphil "imperfect"
> of HWH would be yahwe, and the qal "imperfect" would be yahwe, yehwe or
> perhaps yihwe.

yihwe is most likely in paal
I wouldn't rule out yehwe in hiphil

I don't recall hiphil for hwh in Tanakh.

> >>IAOUE and IABE independently confirm one another
> >
> >Only if you omit u, about which you argue in the previous example.
> >It is also doubtful that omega and beta record the same sound. ...
> Of course not. IAOUE does not include omega, but it includes the
> omicron-upsilon digraph probably representing a "w" sound.

Right. I was mentally looking at Iao.

> Beta at this time represents a "v" sound. So this variation records the
change in
> pronunciation of Hebrew vav from "w" to "v", a well known change.

But, in your assumption as I understand it, beta appeared not from waw but
from ou, which is unlikely.

Vadim Cherny

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