[b-hebrew] consonant vowel order of )EHYEH & YAHWEH

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Oct 17 19:44:39 EDT 2005


When was the waw first used as a mater lectionis?

I have seen materes lectionis used as early as on a proto-
Sinaitic inscription, and waw is used several times in the 
Siloam inscription as a mater lectionis, so where is YHWH 
attested to before waw is attested to as a mater lectionis?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> On 12/10/2005 22:10, Karl Randolph wrote:
> > I will add to this, how do we know that the waw in the name is 
> > not a mater lectionis? Why is it always read as a consonant?
> >
> >
> >
> One reason, if I remember correctly, is that the consonantal form 
> YHWH is found in texts dating from before vav was ever used as a 
> mater lectionis.
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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