[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Rolf Furuli furuli at online.no
Wed Jul 20 14:44:41 EDT 2005

Dear James,

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From: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>
To: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>; 
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Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

> I noticed before that someone mentiones that Josephus
> commented that 'it was no longer lawful' for him to
> pronounce the name, implying that it happened in his
> lifetime and that the current pronunciation was known to
> him. Does anyone know where exactly he says that? I
> should be very interested in reading the account.

You find the place in Antiquities II, 12:4.  I may add a quote from Philo as 
well. Regarding the question of Moses about the name of God, Philo comments: 
"no name can properly be used of me, to whom all existence belong" (De Vita 
Moses I, sec 75.

Best regards

Rolf Furuli
University of Oslo

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