[b-hebrew] Questions about YHWH

Chris Gummer chrisgumms at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 16 06:50:45 EDT 2005

Hi Martin,

I'm a complete beginner, but...

1) The hatef-patah occurs as gutterals can not take the shewa. However, the
shewa is fine under the yod.

2) The Jewish scribes didn't like putting anything above YHWH.

That's what I've learnt so far. Hope it helps and is accurate!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martin Arhelger" <arhelger at gmx.de>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 6:22 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Questions about YHWH

> It has been generally accepted (and I think rightly so) that the original
> spelling of YHWH has been YaHWe. Later the punctuation of  ADoNaY has been
> added. (Misspelling of this led to the reading YeHoWaH) as in similar
> of Qere Perpetuum.
> Now my questions:
> 1) Why is a Shewa below the Yod of YHWH? If it is to be read as ADoNaY
> should be a Hatef-patah below the Yod but no Shewa.
> 2) Why is the Holem often lacking, for example in Codex Aleppo (and also
> BHS, following this manuscript) in Gen 15:1?
> I know that questions about YHWH have often been discussed on this list.
> I am not aware that my two questions have been answered.
> Thanks for helps !
> Martin Arhelger, Germany
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