[b-hebrew] YHWH...Was..Is..Will (shall) be
peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Aug 3 18:00:49 EDT 2005
On 03/08/2005 19:38, Gene Gardner wrote:
>I am not specifically quoting any text, as I believe
>that hayah howeh yihyeh is a rabbinic interpretation
>based on Exodus 3:14. There is no hidden agenda
>Harold, I am just trying to examine every available
>aspect of the YHWH questioning process in an attempt
>to have a clearer understanding of the finer points
>presented by the wide variety of people that post on
So, this text is to be understood as Mishnaic rather than biblical
Hebrew? That makes for a very different meaning. For Mishnaic Hebrew
already had more or less the tense structure of modern Hebrew.
In that case this sentence is interesting, because it suggests that the
Rabbis were aware that the Name did not represent a particular tense as
they understood it, and that the same meaning had to be expressed in
their own Mishnaic Hebrew with this threefold explanation: "he was, he
is, he will be".
It reminds me of another self-description of God, in Greek: EGW EIMI ...
hO WN KAI hO HN KAI hO ERCOMENOS, literally "I am the being and the was
and the coming", or "I am ... who is and who was and who is to come".
That is from the New Testament, Revelation 1:8. And I would suggest that
it represents that author's take on the meaning of the divine name - and
perhaps one which was already commonplace in the first century CE since
the Rabbis and the New Testament more or less share it.
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