Perspectives and views on various biblical topics

  1.  Textus Receptus
  2.  The Pure Religion
  3.  The Sacred Name of God Almighty
  4.  The True Name of The Messiah
  5.  About Salvation
  6.  The Lord's Prayer
  7.  What day is the Sabbath ?
  8.  What is the Sabbath Year ?
  9.  What is Love ?
10.  The Bride of Christ
11.  Where is the Ark of the Covenant ?
12.  Jews and Gentiles - Fellow Heirs
13.  End of the World Predictions
14.  The Synagogue of Satan
15.  Tithing - "Fleecing of the Flock"
16.  The Lucifer Hoax
17.  Exposing those who contradict
18.  School Called Life by Yvonne Kariba
19.  The Jezebel Spirit  New
20.  The Jezebel Spirit and her prophets  New

 

God Almighty's Sacred Name - Yahweh the Father of Yahushua the Messiah of Nazareth

Strong points from three sources in which I am most definitely in agreement with.

Part A - From Yahweh's Restoration Ministry © 2005

     Whether to pronounce Yahweh’s Name with a “v” or “w” hinges on which letter accurately transliterates the sound of the Hebrew letter W or “waw” in the Tetragrammaton, YHWH.

     We must take into consideration the ancient pronunciation of the waw and whether “v”, “w” or “u” as we know them accurately reflect that ancient pronunciation.  The following information is derived from a number of sources, including G.B. Palatino’s Lettere Romane (1545). ‘U’ and ‘W’ are variants of ‘V’ which was being used for two different sounds in medieval England. ‘U’ was introduced to give a soft vowel sound as opposed to the harder consonant sound of ‘V’. ‘W’ began as a ligature.  Two ‘V’ letterforms were joined into ‘VV’ to represent ‘double U’ in 12th-century England.  Those who use the “v” form of Yahweh’s Name (Yahveh) should note that the Name is spelled “Yahweh” in almost all academic publications, many by people well-studied in the Hebrew language, including Hebrew speakers.  Hebrew linguists believe the third letter waw was in ancient times pronounced as “w” (hence it is named “waw”).

     In later Hebrew its pronunciation, influenced by European languages, was changed to “v” and the letter was later called “vav,” according to the Encyclopædia Judaica. The Judaica shows that the semitic languages nearest Israel use the “w” pronunciation as opposed to the “v” pronunciation found in those speakers of Hebrew living in or closer to Europe. Those using the “w” sound include Jews of Babylonia, Yemeni, Morocco, Samaria, the Sephardi (Temple Hebrew) and Portuguese.  Those using the “v” sound of “waw” include Hebrew-speaking communities in Italy, Poland, Germany, and Lithuania. These Europeans picked up the Germanic “v” and transferred it to the waw.

     The change from W to V is very well known, for example, in most of the continental languages like German (also the descendants of Latin). We know from historical comparisons that direction of change in Latin was from W to V.  English has remained faithful to an old W sound for over six thousand years, while it changed to V in Late Latin almost two thousand years ago (but had not yet changed in Classical Latin).  The “w” is formed by putting two “v” letters together, but it is called a double-u because it is made up of two letters originally pronounced as we do the “u.”  One needs only to look at old government building architecture with inscriptions bearing a “v” but pronounced like a “u” to see that the “v” was originally a vowel sound like “u” (e.g. bvilding, Jvly).

     It was not until the dictionary was published that a decided difference was made between the “v” and the “u.” It is more than coincidence that the U, V, and W occur together in our alphabet; it shows a common relationship that these letters had in derivation and similar pronunciation.

     The v is a consonant that some have used for the sound of the Hebrew waw in Yahweh’s Name (Yahveh).  The problem is, the waw in His Name was considered a vowel anciently. In fact, all the letters of the Tetragrammaton are called vowels by Josephus (Wars of the Jews, 5.5.556) as well as by Hebrew grammars.  Bagster’s Helps to Bible Study also says these are vowel-letters in the sacred Name, “as having been originally used to represent vowels, and they still frequently serve as vowels in combination with the points.” Bagsters says the waw represents the letters o or u.

     Another authority says, “The sound of waw a long time ago wasn’t ‘vav’ at all but ‘w’ and ‘w’ is weak.  The Yemenite Jews of Arabia who retain an ancient, correct, and pure pronunciation of Hebrew still pronounce the waw as ‘w,’ as does Arabic, the close sister language of Hebrew,” How the Hebrew Language Grew, Edward Horowitz, pp. 29-30.  As the online Wikipedia notes: “There was no ‘U’; instead, there was the semi-vowel ‘V’.  There was no ‘W’, although ‘V’ was pronounced as the modern English ‘W’.”  As for the “j” in “Jehovah,” the letter J is the last letter to be added to our alphabet. ‘J’ was an ‘outgrowth’ of ‘I’ and was used to give a sound of greater consonant force, particularly as the first letter of some words.  It was used interchangeably with the letter “I” at first, showing that its original pronunciation stemmed from the vowel sound of “I” and only later got its “juh” sound through French influence.

     The English name “Jehovah” was invented by Roman Catholics sometime in the Middle Ages, based on a misunderstanding of Masoretic Hebrew texts.  It is a hybrid word consisting of the Tetragrammaton YHWH (“J” used to be pronounced as “Y”) and the vowels for the word “Adonai.”  Though “Jehovah” is used a few times in the 1611 King James Version (e.g., Gen 22:14; Exod 6:3; Isa 12:2; Ps 83:18) and is found in many older Christian hymns, it is not the authentic biblical pronunciation of the sacred Name (For a discussion of the “Jehovah or Yahweh” question see “God, Names of” in Encyclopædia Judaica, vol. 7, col. 680, or George F. Moore, Judaism in the First Centuries of the Christian Era: The Age of the Tannaim (3 vols., Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1927-30), vol. 1, p. 219 and note 1, p. 427.  Most modern Bible translations have notes on this issue in their introductions, agreeing that the true Name of the Heavenly Father is Yahweh.

Part B - from Eliyah.com

     The reason we see "LORD" and "God" in our bibles is because of a Jewish tradition that the name Yahweh was not to be spoken for fear that the name be blasphemed. However, the third commandment forbids this practice and  the scriptures declare that His name should be exalted (e.g. Ps 68:4). The Preface of some bibles will admit why they change His name. Nearly all will cite tradition and familiarity as the reason.  This, I believe is wrong.  Sometimes people pronounce the tetragrammaton as "Jehovah" but Jehovah could never be the right pronunciation.  On this web site (eliyah.com), the name of Yahweh is used in reference to the Heavenly Father because in the scriptures we are told to praise, exalt, bless, love, teach, preach, anoint, assemble, believe, give thanks, honor and call on His name.

     The Tetragrammaton has been found in the 2000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls and in ancient copies of the Septuagint!

What about Jehovah?

     Some Christians, especially Jehovah's witnesses, use this name for the Heavenly Father.  However, every scholar and every reference book I have ever checked on "Jehovah" (including Jehovah's witness tracts) has said that this is not the way you pronounce His name!  First of all it is impossible because of the fact that the Hebrew language has no "J" sound!  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 under the heading "Yahweh", here is how this name came into being:

     "The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of the name YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew word Adonai or Elohim. Thus the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH) came into being."

     So we see here one of many confirmations that the name Jehovah is not really His name at all! But it is an artificial name that was invented by man. Does man have the right to change the name of the one who created him? I think not! But that is exactly what has happened here.

     Now let's look a little more deeply into this name Jehovah.  Notice that many Hebrew names contain the first part of Yahweh's name which is Yah.  This is true in the name Isa-YAH (Hebrew: YeshaYAH), which means "Yah is Salvation".  Also in Jeremi-Yah (Hebrew: YermeYAH), Obadiah, Zechariah, and so on.  Taking this knowledge, apply this to the name Je-hovah with Jeh being the first part of His name.  First of all it doesn't add up when it comes to the names of these prophets (Isaiah's name isn't IsaJEH).  Second, the Hovah part of Je-hovah means RUIN and MISCHIEF in Hebrew according to Strong's Concordance #1943:

     #1943 Hovah, another form for 1942; RUIN:-MISCHIEF

     Is this a good description of our Creator? Surely not!

Part C - from www.yahweh.org/publications/sny/sn09Chap.pdf located within following :

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This concludes the study on The Sacred Name

 

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