[b-hebrew] Can YHWH at Genesis 3:14 be "correctly" read as"Jehovah"?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Jun 27 10:32:59 EDT 2010


First of all, the word that follows the Tetragrammaton in Gen. 3:14 is
Aleph-Lamed-He-Yod-Mem "Elohim", at least in BHS. 

Second, your insisting on the spelling "Jehovah" is confusing the issue. How
do you pronounce the J in this word? As English J or as Y. If as J, what's
your evidence that Hebrew ever had that sound? If as Y, then let's make
things simpler and use "Yehovah". The same with the V. Do you actually mean
W? Is your whole issue here between "Yahweh" and "Yehowah"? Are you only
debating Gesenius' vowels? 

And in any case, what does it really matter? Long-standing tradition has it
that the actual vocalization of the Tetragrammaton was lost. The Mesoretes
used different vowels when intending the readers to read different
substitution-names, each of which has a different meaning, a different
aspect of the divine. You can argue with the Mesoretes, but please make the
issue clear.

Yigal Levin

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My question is: Can the Tetragrammaton at Genesis 3:14 in the Westminster
Leningrad Codex be correctly read as "Jehovah"?


At Genesis 3:14 , in the  Westminster Leningrad Codex , the only
occurrence of the Tetragrammaton is spelled [Yod-shewa-heh-defective

Is it correct to read this particular Hebrew Spelling as "Jehovah"?

Did the Masoretes ever write that [Yod-shewa-heh-defective
holem-waw-qamets-heh] should not be read as "Jehovah"?
The Hebrew word that immediately follows [Yod-shewa-heh-defective
holem-waw-qamets-he] appears to be Elohim [a.k.a. Elohiym].

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