[b-hebrew] YHWH Derivation - a dead end

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu May 5 02:09:27 EDT 2005

The one answer that I don't think anyone has brought up is the Bible's own:
")ehyeh a$er )ehyeh" - "I am that I am" (Ex. 3:14) seems to understand the
name YHWH as derived from the root HYH. But in any case, this whole thread
seems to be leading to a dead end. Do we know the etymology of most other
ANE dieties? Hadad/Adad? Chemosh? Anat? Ashur (yes, that's also a toponym,
but which came first?)? Marduk? Qws? I could go on and on....


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