[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Medina, Vincent VMedina at cbcag.edu
Tue Jul 19 16:21:26 EDT 2005

Yaho, Yahu and Yah all appear to be variant forms of the name. The one
thing that they have in common, and appear to establish firmly, is that
the first syllable of the name is Yah. If yhwh is a verbal form, the
final he would appear to support a final syllable with seghol, "weh,"
whether the verb stem was either qal or hiphil. A verbal yqtl form would
almost certainly have two syllables. In my opinion, all this seems to
support the widely accepted pronunciation Yahweh.

G. Vincent Medina
Associate Professor
Central Bible College
Phone: 417 887-6559
Email: vmedina at cbcag.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Vadim Cherny
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 3:00 PM
To: Read, James C; b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Cc: David P Donnelly
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Why not allow that ancients knew the grammar? Why not take the things
literally? Perhaps, Yahu and Yaho names are not derivations of the Name,
the Name itself.

We know from Diodorus that the accepted reading was Iao, which is
Yaho - Yho found in names.
Yhu is an expected variant of Yho if the Name is composed of suffixes,
thou, you."

Vadim Cherny

> I've been reading through the various arguments for the pronunciation
etymology of the tetragrammaton and have found the arguments presented
interesting and informative. However, I have noticed that the main
seems to have been neglected. While it can justifiably be argued that
pronunciation of the name has been lost through various superstitions
pharisee style over-burdening the same cannot be said for the multitude
YaHo's and YaHu's we see appended and prepended to many names as early
Ex17:9's YeHo$ua. I think these testify greatly to a second long vowel
the first 'he'. Plus the fact that the vast majority of Hebrew verbs are
trisyllabic I see no reason to doubt that it was of the form

b-hebrew mailing list
b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list