[b-hebrew] YHVH Derivation
jkilmon at historian.net
Tue May 3 23:58:14 EDT 2005
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From: "Gary Hedrick" <gary at cjf.org>
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Subject: [b-hebrew] YHVH Derivation
> Is there any etymological connection between the Tetragrammaton
> and the idea of "breathing" or "breath"? The Siddur says, "The breathing
> all life praises thy Name," and I'm wondering if this might be more than
> merely a platitude. Could there be an actual connection between YHVH and
First, Gary, there is no "V." There was no vav in Biblical Hebrew. I
don't think there is a connection between yhwh and "breath."
Isn't it possible that yhwh is just what it is, the hiph'il of hwh taken
from a TITLE phrase as a hypocoristicon of EL...
HYH is Hebrew but the roots being discussed HWH is NOT...it is Aramaic. A
Hiph'il form of HYH is, as far as I know, non-attested. There is an Hafel
of HWH in Daniel 5:12 yhhwh. It is possible that HWH was "proto-Hebrew"
later assimilated as HYH? It is the antiquity I am going for here.
El and Yhwh may have been merged as an hypocoristicon. The Qal of hwh taken
from a TITLE phrase as a hypocoristicon of EL, ala Albright and Cross? A
title like "El causes something to come into
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