[b-hebrew] [b-Hebrew] YHWH Pronunciation - cholam analysis & Ben Hayim text question
peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Jul 22 09:59:47 EDT 2005
On 22/07/2005 14:15, David P Donnelly wrote:
> My reprint of the 1866 Letteris Edition of the Hebrew Bible preserves
> the spelling
> [yod-hatef segol-he-holem-vav-hireq-he] 305 times,
> where YHWH follows Adonay.
> I assume, but do not know for sure,
> that the same situation exists in the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text of 1525,
> which underlies the Old Testament of the King James Bible
> Below is a link to a photo from Smith's "A dictionary of the Bible"
> published in 1863;
> Although first published in 1863, this photo shows how YHWH is pointed
> when YHWH follows Adonay in the 1866 Leteris edition of the Hebrew Bible.
> Since the photo was first published in 1863,
> 3 years before the Letteris edition of the Hebrew Bible was published,
> it is at least possible that it showed how YHWH was pointed when YHWH
> followed Adonay
> in the Ben Chayyim Hebrew Text of 1525.
> Dave Donnelly
You can download an image of the Ben Chayyim text from
http://www.bibles.org.uk/, so you don't have to rely on secondary
indications like Smith's ancient dictionary. But my point was explicitly
about Codex L, the basis of BHS. It seems clear that by Ben Chayyim's
time the pointings of YHWH had been regularised, probably to just two -
and perhaps another two after prefixes. But at the earlier stage of L
there were at least nine different pointings, although four of these are
found just once or twice which may indicate copying errors. (Note that
the two occurrences of Y:EHWIH are close together ane remote from any
other occurrence of the Elohim pronunication.) And it is going back to
this earlier stage, before Ben Chayyim, which is helping us to
understand the original intentions of these pointings.
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