[b-hebrew] yhwh pronunciation

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 23 10:48:32 EDT 2005

  In addition  to the well known attestation of YHWH, in Mesha, late ninth century, the name is fully written out in several pre-exilic inscriptions: in Kuntillat Ajrud, c. end ninth- early eighth century ;  in the Arad ostraca, e.g no. 18, late eighth century;  in the Lakhish letters, e.g. no. 2,  during the  the war   mentioned  in Jer. 34: 7, that is c.586 BCE. There are other pre-exilic examples.

"B. M. Rocine" <brocine at twcny.rr.com> 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.

Bryan Rocine

Peter Kirk wrote:

> Now this is interesting. Do you have evidence for the Tetragrammaton 
> form, YHWH including a final he, from earlier than the Elephantine 
> letters, so pre-exilic? What evidence? And does it actuall predate the 
> first recorded use of matres lectionis?
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