[b-hebrew] Theophoric Name: Y:HOWYFQIYM
hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Jan 7 15:52:31 EST 2006
Yet the Aramaic name YHW or YHH at Elephantine does not necessarily
determine the pronunciation of YHWH in Hebrew because the short form
could have been a different name, a slang form. At least, it is a
different language, and we don't have the vowels. Here is some material
from the Biblical Studies site:
According to a Biblical Archaeological Society
The tetragrammaton YHWH (Yahweh), the name of the Israelite deity, never
Elephantine. In the papyri, the regular form of the divine name
is written YHW; in the ostraca, the divine name is
YHH. It appears that this abbreviated version of the
divine name was confined to vernacular usage, while
sacred writings used the form YHWH."
There are no sacred writings from Elephantine so
one cannot say that the name Yhw is confined to
the vernacular. I assume that the name of the god
of the Jews at Elephantine was Yhw, pronounced, as
you have, Yahu.
HH: The Biblical Archeological Society archives address yields nothing.
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