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Is 'Jehovah' God's Name?

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Is 'Jehovah' God's Name?
The Hebrew Scriptures were originally written almost totally in the Hebrew language, plus some sections in Aramaic, neither language containing any vowels, only consonants. However, there were a few of those Hebrew letters that would indicate that a vowel sound should be used. For example, the letter a (aleph), while actually a consonant, would let the reader know to insert an “ah” sound, and the letter w (vav), which was pronounced somewhere between the English “V” and “W” could also be pronounced like English “oo”. Let's see how this works, if you pronounce "W" like "oo" and remember to insert the appropriate vowel when you see “#”.



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Most people should be able to read this sentence fairly easily without vowels.



The Jews knew what vowel sounds to be used in the pronunciation of the words based on the construction of the sentence, the context, and their excellent memories. Since very few people could afford to have written copies of even small portions of the Scriptures, huge amounts of Scripture were accurately committed to memory.



Between the sixth and tenth century after the birth of Messiah, a group of Scribes know as the Masoretes added a system of vowel points to enable the preservation of the original pronunciation. Their version of the Scriptures is know as the Masoretic Text.



The Name by which God revealed Himself to the patriarchs and to Moses was the Hebrew word for “I AM” or “I AM THAT I AM” — meaning something similar to “The One Who exists by His own power.” This Name was spelled hwhy, the Hebrew equivalent of “YHWH” (yod, heh, vav, heh) and was considered too sacred to pronounce. This four-letter word is also know as the Tetragrammaton (meaning “four letters”). When reading the Scriptures or referring to the Sacred Name (HaShem), the Jews would substitute the word “Adonay,” which means “Lord.”



To indicate this substitution in the Masoretic Text, the Masoretes added the vowel points from the word “Adonay” to the Sacred Name, and came up with a word that would look to them something like YaHoWaH.



Since there was no such word in the Hebrew language, the reader would be forced to stop and think about what he was reading, and thus would avoid accidentally speaking the Sacred Name aloud.



Later, some Christian translators mistakenly combined the vowels of “Adonay” with the consonants of “YHWH” producing the word “YaHoWaH.” When the Scriptures were translated into German during the Reformation, the word was transliterated into the German pronunciation, which pronounces “Y” as an English “J” and pronounces “W” as an English “V” — or “Jahovah.” Then in the early 17th century when the Scriptures were being translated into English with the help of some of the German translations, the word was again transliterated as “Jehovah,” and this this unfortunate accident has carried over into many modern English translations.



The term is now recognized by all proficient Bible scholars to be a late hybrid form, a translation error, that was never used by the Jews.



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Re: Is 'Jehovah' God's Name? In reply to
Your post sounds OK, but is in fact incorrect.



The theophonic name of God is contained in many names in Hebrew and we know how they are pronounced. The best ENGLISH equivalent is "Jehovah". Note this pronunciation has been around in Latin (and later in English) since about 1100AD.



What is interesting is in reality we do not absolutely know how any Biblical name was originally pronounced, including Jesus' name. Partly because both Hebrew and Koine Greek were/are dead languages. Plus pronunciation varied even within Israel and Greece, just as it does today with English words. As an example aluminum in the USA and in the UK is pronounced differently.



However when it comes to YHWH. Jehovah is the closest known at this time. By the way Yahweh dates only to about 1900, in case you want to favor it.
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Since all christians are now considered to be "in" Christ, it plainly reveals the meaning of Isa 62:2 "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name,which the mouth of the LORD shall name."

The "new name" mentioned here is the one that came with the New Testament, and that name is "Jesus Christ".

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Re: Is 'Jehovah' God's Name? In reply to
And a truly informed Christian would know that Jesus' name in Hebrew means:



"Jehovah is salvation".



Gotta KNOW that name and honor it as Jesus pointed out in Matt 6:9 and John 17:26.



Unless someone wishes to ignore Jesus' thoughts on the subject.
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You said"Jehovah' God's Name"





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Why,



It is not on topic?
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Re: [anotherpaul] Is 'Jehovah' God's Name? In reply to
There are many scholars that affirm that Yahweh is the correct name. But for me that conviction comes not from erudition, but from my spiritual warfare experiences: the enemy (both demons and humans) fear that name even when I say it mentally (in a non-audible way).
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Re: [anotherpaul] Is 'Jehovah' God's Name? In reply to
It is true,His true name is Jehovah and he is the Creator of heaven and earth.
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Re: [lordchosen] Is 'Jehovah' God's Name? In reply to
Thank you for bringing back this interesting post. So many great posts on Praize have been lost to the times.
I'm not sure why it was started under "Jehovah Witness Debate". Any thoughts on that?
Blessings ~ Sarah

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praizeop2: Jan 17, 2019, 7:33 AM