[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation
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Wed Jul 20 18:03:20 EDT 2005
What compounds this issue is the fact that YHWH as a deity was definitely attested in the Mesha Inscription, that is, the end of the ninth century BCE; there is no reason to assume that this was a brand new deity. It may well have been worshipped some centuries before that as the Egyptian "The People of YHW" strongly suggests, even if the expression refers to a toponym.
During these centuries, before the name became taboo, its pronounciation may well have changed, both according to regions and with time. So when the attempt is made to reconstruct it one may well ask -- to what period, to the way it was pronounced by the Masoretes, by writers of the DSS, by scribes in the Persian period, by those who erected the first temple?
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