[b-hebrew] The abbreviated form for Lord

bhebrew at shields-online.net bhebrew at shields-online.net
Wed Jul 17 18:17:02 EDT 2013

Hi Chris,

There are a number of explanations offered for this, but here's my contribution:

1. Deities in the ANE sometimes had more than one name/title. The two forms could thus be legitimate variations.

2. A number of scholars consider יהוה itself to be an abbreviation of a sentence name (based on Ex 3:15), so perhaps abbreviating names was not so disrespectful as you suppose? (Obviously shortening Marduk to "Duck" would be an exception ;-) ).

Martin Shields,

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