[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Sujata shevaroys at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 21 19:43:32 EDT 2005


I would think the first part of the name (Yah) is a
certainty given Psalm 68:4 and the presence of that
part in names like Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.

Best wishes,
Sujata

--- Karl Randolph <kwrandolph at email.com> wrote:

> I wonder if the furtive Petah is a vestage of an
> original pronunciation of -Ha or -Xa, or in the case
> of Ayin -(a with a full glottal stop? It makes those
> readings a lot easier.
> 
> Karl W. Randolph.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> 
> > 
> > On 20/07/2005 23:11, Read, James C wrote:
> > 
> > > After hearing all the evidences in favour of a
> bisyllabic 
> > > Yaho/Yahu pronunciation my curiosity has been
> much aroused.
> > > Does anyone know of any examples of a final long
> o/u vowel with a 
> > > terminating vocal he?
> > > Is the pronunciation Yahoh/Yahuh possible?
> > > Is it possible that the waw only ever stood for
> a long vowel of type o/u?
> > > If so, why do names comprising Yaho/Yahu emit
> the final he?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > A word final vocal he (i.e. he with mappiq)
> follows the same rule as for
> > het and ayin, that it must be preceded by an "a"
> vowel. So, if there is
> > originally another vowel, a "furtive patah" is
> inserted giving a short
> > "a" sound. Thus for example there is the rare word
> for "God" ELOAH, with
> > a furtive patah before the vocal he - and its more
> common plural form
> > ELOHIM, where the furtive patah has disappeared
> because this is no
> > longer the final syllable.
> > 
> > Also Yahoh and Yahuh are impossible because an "a"
> vowel in that
> > position would be shortened to sheva.
> > 
> > So we might expect, rather than Yahoh or Yahuh,
> Yehoah or Yehuah - where
> > "e" represents sheva, and the final "h" is
> pronounced. These are indeed
> > possible pronunciations of YHWH - and, yes, they
> are trisyllabic.
> > 
> > --
> > Peter Kirk
> > peter at qaya.org (personal)
> > peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> > http://www.qaya.org/
> 
> -- 
>
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