[b-hebrew] YHVH Derivation

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed May 4 14:57:22 EDT 2005


Feldman mentions that most ancient transliteration of tetragrammaton is
iao. Why just not take this at face value?
i, a, o (u) are pronominal suffixes, better known with consonants added for
writing.
They are used to make pronouns: ani as "my essence", anta as "thy essence."
Plural suffix is ai (aim), which makes perfect sense as "thou and I." ai
became ae - tzere, plural suffix ei. There is also abstract plural suffix o
(ot), which might be au as "he and thou."
Also recall the idea, elaborated by Milgrom, of the religion as societal
ethics.
Is it so impossible that tetragrammaton, iao, means "I, thou, he" - the
society?

Vadim Cherny


>           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"?
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