[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Aug 10 08:06:18 EDT 2005

On 10/08/2005 12:22, David P Donnelly wrote:

> ...
> It almost seems that the Catholic Church has created a hybrid name 
> "Yahweh",
> which has the vowels of "Jabe" and the consonants of "YHWH".

It was not created by the Catholic Church, but originates probably with 
the Protestant Gesenius.

> Peter,
> Did the Samaritan language resemble the Hebrew language in about 400 
> A.D.?


> Do the letters yod and he, and waw look the same in the Samaritan 
> language?

The Samaritan script was and is similar to the palaeo-Hebrew. These 
three letters would have been distinct from one another but similar to 
the palaeo-Hebrew forms which were still used for the divine name in 
some MSS of the 1st century CE.

Peter Kirk
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