[b-hebrew] Just a clarification about YHWH and JWs

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Mon Aug 22 04:51:38 EDT 2005

While it is true that the watchtower society has no official doctrine on the 
hebrew pronunciation it is not true that there are no publications or articles 
that have discussed this. A couple of years ago the watchtower featured an 
article that discussed this topic and favoured a trisyllabic pronunciation 
wit the vowel pattern yeho/yaho/yahu. This was based on a discussion of the 
theophoric name components.
The form Jehovah is used because it the accepted *English* form. The Italian 
publications use the form Geova. The Spanish publications use the form  Jehova 
(pronounced kheyoba'). The Russian publications use the form Yegovi. An effort 
is made to use the form which has been received into each respective language 
just as is the practice with all other biblical names.

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Sesamo m.
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Just a clarification about YHWH and JWs
Dear list members,

Some weeks ago, during the discussion about the pronunciation of YHWH, 
Jehovah's witnesses were mentioned among other groups. This is just to 
clarify that we (since I'm one of JWs) don't have any doctrine related to 
the Hebrew pronunciation. We use the form "Jehovah" just because it is the 
traditional form, the most common and most widely used in a lot of languages 
in the world, not because we supposedly believe YeHoWaH was the original 
pronunciation. Our publications have never claim that, and the issue of what 
could have been the original pronunciation is just a question of curiosity 
for us. If a form like YaHWeH, YaHo or whatever could be proved it didn't 
have an impact in our set of beliefs.
A little off-topic, but since we've been alluded I decided to clear this up.


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