[b-hebrew] Re: YHVH Derivation

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed May 4 12:50:16 EDT 2005

On 04/05/2005 17:26, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman wrote:

> ...
>It also accords well with the fact that the Israelites seem to have
>used their matres lectiones for other important tasks, including
>adding a Hey to the names of their Patriarch (AVRM --> AVRHM),
>Matriarch (SHY --> SRH) and deity (ELYM --> ELHYM).
This cannot be an adequate explanation for the form 'LHYM. The he as a 
root letter is found in other Semitic languages, including Arabic 
"Allah", "ilaha" etc, Aramaic "elah", all with a fully pronounced (not 
mater lectionis) he. So it can hardly be a Hebrew invention, or one 
dating from after the introduction of matres lectionis which was not 
long before the Exile.

Peter Kirk
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