[b-hebrew] YHWH is Aramaic?

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Jun 28 23:50:12 EDT 2006

1.  I think that there is a strong reason to think that G-d has 
name(s) all His own - a. so that we could refer to Him, pray to Him, 
call on Him, etc.  and b. to give us some hint of various aspects of 
what Divinity consists of.

2.  G-d and His name preceded ancient Hebrew

3.  EhYeh asher EhYeh = I will be that which I will be.

I think there was a discussion of this on this list a year or so ago.


>1) There is no strong reason to think that God has a name like Ralph to
>distinguish him from others, since there is only one God.
>2) Ancient Hebrew names meant something.
>3) The explaining of the divine name in the context of the name "I am"
>suggests that Yahweh is a meaningful word, too, and the form of Yahweh
>is quite similar to the verb for "I am," except in a third person form.
>Here is the HCSB Exodus 3:13-15:
>13 Then Moses asked God, "If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The
>God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, 'What is His
>name?' what should I tell them?"
>14 God replied to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to
>the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." 15 God also said to Moses,
>"Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of
>Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.
>This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every
>Harold Holmyard
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