[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Aug 3 18:03:57 EDT 2005


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
> Besides your imagined hophal Yahwe, Jews generally accept the niphal
Yehawe;


Vadim, this is not true. If by "Jews" you mean people speaking from Jewish
tradition, then Jewish tradition does not have a vocalization of the
Tetragrammaton, and cosiders it forbidden to pronounce. And I know of no
Jewish source that understands the Tetragrammaton as anything but a proper
noun.

That there are individual Jews, including perhaps some on this list, who
have concluded that YHWH is a verb and that it may have been vocalized in
one way or another, is their privelage. None of them speak for Jewish
tradition.

Yigal





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