[b-hebrew] theophoric prefixes (YH~YHW)

David P Donnelly davedonnelly1 at juno.com
Sat Aug 5 18:14:07 EDT 2006


I was hoping that some b-Hebrew scholar might be able to provide a little
“peer review” of  Nehemia Gordon’s statement previously quoted:
>>>
The form Yah follows an ancient practice of taking the first and last
letter of a word to express its abbreviation. 
So the first and last letters of YHVH produce the abbreviation Yah.
>>>
Nehemia Gordon had the following footnote related to the above sentence.
[he provided a Greek example, not a Hebrew example]
>>>
This type of abbreviation is very common in Greek. For example, KE is a
very common abbreviation for Kourie, Lord.
>>>
Nehemia Gordon receives support from James Strong who transliterates YFH.
as Yahh, and then defines it as a contraction of Y:HOWFH, and means the
same.
It appears that James Strong believed that the Heh in YFH. represented
the final Heh in 
Y:HOWFH.
Dave Donnelly
P.S. Solomon,
I'll post this question on YHWHgroup. Maybe Garth Grenache can add some
input.


-----Original Message-----
From: Awohili at aol.com Awohili at aol.com 
Sent: Sat Aug 5 14:06:33 EDT 2006 
Subject: [b-Hebrew] theophoric prefixes (YH~YHW)
How well-attested is this practice for the time in which the Hebrew Bible
was being written, and what are some other examples of it in the Hebrew
Bible? 
Solomon Landers 
In a message dated 08/05/2006 10:21:45 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, 
davedonnelly1 at juno.com writes: 
>>>
The form Yah follows an ancient practice of taking the first and last
letter of a word to express its abbreviation. So the first and last
letters of YHVH produce the abbreviation Yah.
>>>. 


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