[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

B. M. Rocine brocine at twcny.rr.com
Sat Jul 23 10:32:55 EDT 2005

Hi Peter,

A mater he is common on the stele, most often used for kholam (as a 
3.m.s. pronominal suffix).  The final he also seems to stand for qamets 
in at least three occasions, one an interesting (proper?) noun qorehah 
(Jericho?).  I.e. the word has qaph-resh-he-he.  The double he is 


Peter Kirk wrote:
> On 23/07/2005 12:25, B. M. Rocine wrote:
>> Hi Peter,
>> The Mesha stele, in line 18, has the Tetragrammaton (all four 
>> letters).  Did Rolf respond to your request below?  I didn't see a 
>> response.
> Thank you, Bryan. No, I haven't had another reply to this. But does the 
> Mesha stele use other final he matres lectionis? If so, this is no 
> indication that the final he was not a mater lectionis. If not, it is in 
> fact quite powerful evidence against the standard understanding of YHWH 
> as derived from the root HWH, as in forms of such "lamed-he" verbs the 
> final he is always a mater lectionis.


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