[b-hebrew] Questions about YHWH

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 18 12:31:04 EDT 2005

   The following citation from a hymn to Amun-Re may be relevant to the discussion of YHWH, and the issue of not pronouncing his name:
   "...He is too hidden to reveal his majesty,
       he is too great to investigate,
          too powerful to be known.
    One falls down dead from terror,
       if one pronounces his secret name,
         intentionally or not.
     None of the gods knows how to call him by name,
        hidden Ba is his name,
          hidden it is."

    This is from Zandee's translation cited by De Moor in a section entitled The  new Kingdom in Egypt.

 Also, if memory serves, Herodotus when referring to an Egyptian main god states that he cannot mention the name because of its holiness. So the practice existed there from at least  his time.


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