[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed Jul 20 12:58:52 EDT 2005


Besides suspicious preservation of final hey in the future tense, the
Tetragrammaton-as-a-verb hypothesis has fundamental flaw:

who in his right mind would call vocalization of a well-established verb
secret?

Making the vowels secret--a great secret, indeed--made sense only if the
vowelization was not evident to any Hebrew-speaker. And that rules out any
standard morphological form, including verbs.

Why would anyone use hwh root in the Hebrew scriptures instead of hyh?

Also consider mappiq in final hey. It doesn't suggest a verb. Rather,
perhaps, mappiq distinguishes final hey as the only consonant in the word.

Of course, the Tetragrammaton came into existence well before matres
lectionis, but it seems possible to me that the Tetragrammaton is the
earliest instance of matres lectionis, and only much later everyone started
using them.

Vadim Cherny


> 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


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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,
but
the Name itself.

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

Vadim Cherny


> I've been reading through the various arguments for the pronunciation
and
etymology of the tetragrammaton and have found the arguments presented
very
interesting and informative. However, I have noticed that the main
evidence
seems to have been neglected. While it can justifiably be argued that
the
pronunciation of the name has been lost through various superstitions
and
pharisee style over-burdening the same cannot be said for the multitude
of
YaHo's and YaHu's we see appended and prepended to many names as early
as
Ex17:9's YeHo$ua. I think these testify greatly to a second long vowel
after
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
YaHoWah/YeHoWaH/YaHuWaH/YeHuWaH.

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