[b-hebrew] Reading Jehovah in Psalm 16:2 and in Psalm 110:1 ]

davedonnelly1 at juno.com davedonnelly1 at juno.com
Thu Jun 24 18:43:13 EDT 2010

On Thu Jun 24 13:44:34 EDT 2010 , Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il


B-Hebrew does not espouse a particular dogma about the vocalization of
nor does ii even enforce a particular scheme of transliteration. 

If anyone wishes to use "Jehovah" they are free to do so,  just as others
may use Yahweh, Yhwh, Yehovah, Lord, Kurios, Baal or even Bruce Almighty.

I answered your original question by saying that I assumed that whoever
used "Jehovah" simply didn't bother to change whatever source they had
copied from, and that the reason that no-one protested was that the
subject had already been discussed to death. 

You've now made your point. If you want to know why someone else used one
form or another, 
ask them directly. 
If they feel like answering, they will. 
If they don't feel like discussing the issue, please respect that. 

Yigal Levin


Thank you very much for your response.

Just in passing, the editors of the Article JEHOVAH (YAHWEH) in the
Encyclopedia Britannica of 1911 have been one of the harshest critics of
those persons who first translated the Hebrew text into English. [or
German in the case of Martin Luther.]

After making known their belief that "Jehovah" is a mispronunciation of
the Hebrew name, resulting from combining the consonants of the name,
Jhvh, with the vowels of the word Adonay, "Lord", which the Jews
substituted for the proper name in reading the scriptures . They
continued and wrote: "In such cases of substitution the vowels of the
word which is to be read are written in the Hebrew text with the
consonants of the word which is not to be read. The consonants of the
word to be substituted are ordinarily written in the margins; but
inasmuch  as Adonay was regularly read instead of the ineffable name
Jhvh, it was deemed unnecessary to note the fact at every occurrence.
When Christian scholars began to study the Old Testament in Hebrew, if
they were ignorant of this general rule or regarded the substitution as a
piece of Jewish superstition, reading what actually stood in the text ,
they would inevitably pronounce the name Jehovah. It is an unprofitable
inquiry who first made the blunder,  probably many fell into it

I am adding a link to an image taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica of


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