[b-hebrew] Fw: Re: Fw: Re: Reading Jehovah in Psalm 16:2 and in Psalm 110...
furuli at online.no
Tue Jun 29 13:34:58 EDT 2010
Research without presuppositions is impossible; an atheist or an
agnostic may be just as sectarian as a person belonging to a
Christian denomination, or one being an orthodox Jew or a Muslim.
And a scholar who belongs to a religious denomination may be more
balanced than one who does not have any religious faith.
I take issue with your claim that a preference for the form "Jehovah"
must be faith-based and sectarian. A few years ago I translated many
Ugaritic Baal-texts into Norwegian, and I also translated several
Biblical passages dealing with Baal. In these passages I
transliterated God's name as YHWH, because I took the target group
I have worked a lot with the name YHWH, since I wrote a thesis about
it for my MA degree many years ago. Recently I have completed a study
of all the uses of YHWH and its substitutes in the Dead Sea scrolls
(the principal purpose was to find if )DNY was ever used as a
substitute for YHWH in B.C.E.-the conclusion was negative).
I have written several times before that the form "Yahweh" is an
artificial construction, which has no basis whatsoever in ancient
Hebrew manuscripts. Today we cannot know how YHWH originally was
pronounced, but on the basis of my work with the issue for more than
two decades, my view as a scholar is that the YEHOWA (the last he
being taken as a vowel) is the best reconstruction we can make on the
basis of the evidence. This is not a sectarian but a philological
conclusion! I would even say that there is evidence that the Aramaic
form YHW from Elephantine may have been pronounced as YEHOWA rather
than YAHO, which is the universal viewpoint.
University of Oslo
>To be specific, some of our list members are inseparably attached to the
>form Jehovah due to their religious affiliation. As far as I'm concerned they
> are most welcome to participate on this list with their faith-based
>orientation intact. But they should know that others will often find their
>perspective preachy and sectarian. Let's try to facilitate
>In a message dated 6/29/2010 8:53:31 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>davedonnelly1 at juno.com writes:
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>From: James Christian <jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com>
>To: davedonnelly1 at juno.com
>Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
>Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:11:44 +0300
>Subject: Re: Fw: Re: [b-hebrew] Reading Jehovah in Psalm 16:2 and in
>Psalm 110:1 ]
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