[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

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

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

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

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


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