[b-hebrew] Translation theory and the tetragrammaton - YHWH

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Oct 16 08:07:22 EDT 2007


Religious beliefs apart, reading ancient names grammatically could be  
a grave mistake. It is unrealistic that YICXAQ is He-will-laugh and YA 
(AKOB is He-will-follow-in-the-footsteps. I also think that the ABI-  
of ABI-MELEK is not the-father-of. It is certainly incongruous in the  
girl names ABI-GAYIL [see 1 Samuel 25:3], and ABI-$AG [see 1 Kings  
1:3]. Similarly, the BAT- in  BAT-$EB(A [see 2 Samuel 11:3] and BAT-$U 
(A [see 1 chronicles 3:5] need not be the-daughter-of. In fact, the  
latter is the daughter of Ammiel.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 16, 2007, at 6:15 AM, biblical hebrew wrote:

> They promote the interpretation that Yhwh is a third
> person imperfect causative of the root HWH with literal meaning 'he  
> causes
> to become' and there are good reasons to support this theory.

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