[b-hebrew] YHVH Derivation

Jack Kilmon 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 
> of
> 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
> "breath"?

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


Jack Kilmon
San Marcos, Texas 

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