[b-hebrew] Theophoric Name: Y:HOWYFQIYM

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Jan 7 16:00:29 EST 2006

Dear Karl,

Bernhard Lang, Professor of Old Testament and religious studies at the 
of St. Andrews and Paderborn, provides the following material about the 
name Yahu:


An alternative spelling and pronunciation of Yahweh, found (spelled YHW) 
on a circa 800 B.C.E. ostracon from Kuntillet Ajrud and (spelled YHW and 
YHH) in the documents written by Aramaic-speaking fifth-century B.C.E. 
Jews living in Elephantine in Egypt. The form Yahu is also used in 
biblical theophoric names (names that include the name of a god) like 
Yeho-natan (Jonathan; Judges 18:30) and Yesha-yahu (Isaiah). Although 
most scholars take Yahu to be a short form of Yahweh, it might also be 
an earlier form of the divine name.3

Harold Holmyard

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