[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Jul 20 13:43:36 EDT 2005


Dear John,

>You are correct in saying that the name of God is used all over scripture;
>however, the move away from saying the name of God and pronouncing it was
>late Biblical (post-exilic) and Rabbinic tradition.  It is part of the hedge
>building done starting then.  This particular issue is an extension from the
>ten commandments "YOU shall not take the name of God in vanity."  The
>thought was that if you do not say the proper name of God at all, then you
>can not accidentily say it vainly.

HH: That's probably right. If I drive I might have an accident, so 
perhaps I better not drive.

				Yours,
				Harold Holmyard




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