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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon Aug 22 05:53:22 EDT 2005

Dear Sergio,

Thanks for the clarification. The same is true for Jewish tradition. Since
Jewish tradition (at least since the Second Temple period) universally
prohibits the pronunciation of the "Ineffable Name", using "Adonai",
"Hashem" etc. instead, the entire discussion, while interesting (up to the
point at which it became tediously repetitive), is entirely academic.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sesamo m." <sesamox at hotmail.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 10:29 AM
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
> in the world, not because we supposedly believe YeHoWaH was the original
> pronunciation. Our publications have never claim that, and the issue of
> 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
> Sergio
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