Questions tagged [tetragrammaton]

The tetragrammation is the four letter name of God, יהוה ("YHWH"). This tag is for questions regarding the tetragrammation and the usage thereof.

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Do Jehovah's Witnesses think there is an important difference between saying 'Jehovah' and 'Yahweh'?

As the denomination's name implies, Jehovah's Witnesses place importance on the name Jehovah. Do they distinguish between Jehovah, Yahweh, the Tetragrammaton, and so on, or do they think these are all ...
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What was the reason why the Jews specifically used the substitute Adonay/Kyrios for the Tetragrammaton?

God has one name. ‘’I am Yhwh and that is my name’’ (אֲנִ֥י יְהוָ֖ה ה֣וּא שְׁמִ֑י Isaiah 42:8). In the Hebrew Pentateuch the name of God was the Tetragrammaton (the four letter) ‘Yhwh’. The Jews ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians worship a God named Yah long before God revealed his name to Moses? [closed]

I came across this website (Egyptian Moon G-d 'Yah': Investigating The Roots Of Lunar Cult!!!) and it seems to provide some evidence that Yahweh is a God who was actually the ancient moongod Yah. Can ...
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According to Mormons, Jesus is Jehovah in OT. Therefore do they view all the occurrences of the Tetragrammaton as referring to Jesus?

Lesson 5 in the "Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel Teacher Manual" (link) has the title Jesus Christ Was Jehovah of the Old Testament. In the introduction this lesson says that: In ...
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Did early Chinese Protestant actually call God "(old) Gentleman of Fiery Magnificence", as Wikipedia says?

The Wikipedia article on 'Chinese names for the God of Abrahamic religions' claims that: Protestants originally rendered [the Tetragrammaton] as Yéhuǒhuá (爺火華, literally "(old) Gentleman of Fiery ...
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GOD/JESUS - Greek - Yahuwah/Yashuah - Hebrew

Growing up having a Christian background, I was taught to use God/Jesus to refer to the Creator and Son. Recently, I've come across some information stating that our Creator has a Name and that we ...
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Could the Tetragrammaton YHWH be an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing

I was thinking about YHWH today and realized an early on name for God might have been the sound of breathing as God breathed life into us, then imagined how you might write that and realized YHWH, if ...
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Why do most Bible translations bowdlerize the Tetragrammaton?

The Hebrew text of the Bible contains the Tetragrammaton many many times. This is used as a name, not as a title. And yet, the vast majority of Bible translations render this as LORD, not as a name. ...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

Is it true that there is an inscription of Yahweh found that is older than when Moses was revealed the name of God in the Bible?
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Why don't we use Yahuah? [closed]

Why don't we use God's actual name, Yahuah? I came across this link: http://promotethetruth.com/id1.html and some of the items brought up made sense (especially the very last two paragraphs). ...
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The "Tetragrammaton" name

As I read from the internet that according to some people - sometimes "The Son" appear in Old Testament era which today it is called Christophany, my question : is the name Yahweh referring to the ...
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YHWH translated to Jehovah 4 times in KJV but not elsewhere... why? [duplicate]

YHWH is regularly translated as LORD in English translations of the Bible, including the KJV. I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness and this was regularly used as a way of proving that they knew God ...
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What was the first translation to transliterate the tetragrammaton?

Some Christians today like to transliterate the Tetragrammaton into their modern language translations, and to pronounce the name when reading aloud (their best reconstruction of the name I mean, ...
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Do any Christian denominations forbid pronouncing the Tetragrammaton?

In Judaism it has been a taboo to pronounce the four letter name of God. It was never explicitly said when reading the Jewish scriptures. Do any forms of Christianity have a similar approach?
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to the literalist (YEC), question about the name "LORD"

In Genesis 2 and 3, the story-teller (the author) use "LORD" (Yahweh) several times. To me, the situation by the time the author wrote/tell the story read in Genesis 2 - at least some people live at ...
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In Catholic theology is Yehovah the Father or all three persons?

When reading the Hebrew scriptures and one encounters a reference to Yehovah, does that map in the NT to the Father? Or to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? For example, in this passage can we be ...
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Why does it appear that judeo-christian sects avoid referring to the god they worship by his name? [closed]

Forgive me, I'm not totally sure what the purpose of this site is. I'm assuming it works the same as the others though. So I'll just expect quality and won't bother explaining the pained effort behind ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic/Nicene perspective)

According to the Catholic Church (and other Nicene Churches), does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Sacred Trinity?
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Was knowledge of the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton a component of the "deposit of faith" entrusted to the apostles and their successors?

According to the doctrine of apostolic succession, the Lord Jesus Christ entrusted and delivered the faith (i.e., the depositum fidei) to his apostles whom later entrusted and delivered it to their ...
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Discrepancy between Yahweh (Christian Bibles) and Eh-yeh (Torah)

I am currently working on a religious drama and outsmarted myself. I come to you for help. Growing up Jewish, I did not hear the term Yahweh until I was 14 in Western Civilization. "Well, you know, ...
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Wilhelm Gesenius' vowel pointing of the tetragrammaton YHWH

Is there a writing of Wilhelm Gesenius in which he discusses the vowel pointing of the Tetragrammaton that produces the English transliteration "Yahweh"? Does someone have a URL for it?
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Is the Tetragrammaton YHWV or YHVH [closed]

It seems to me that v is an "older" version and that the W is becoming more popular. Also I see the J/Y in much the same way. Is there a reason that J goes with V. What about JHWH? I'm not much of a ...
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Yhwh: Exodus 3, 14. «I am that I am» and relationship to Metaphysics as Ontology? [closed]

The passage of Exodus 3:14, where God presents Himself as «I am that I am», is it historically previous to Parmenides, the greek philosopher? I'm reading a manual on metaphysics as the ontology, and ...
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Use of "the LORD" in Old Testament names

Many traditional Hebrew personal names contain a reference to God in their meaning. For example the name יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ׃ Joshua means 'Yahwah is salvation'. But what about Yahwah itself [יְהוָ֨ה] ? Is ...
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Why are the other names of God not used in Christianity?

The Bible has lots of names and titles for God: the Tetragrammaton ("YHWH"), Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh, Yah, Adonai, HaShem, Adoshem, YHWH Tzevaot, as well as Adonai, Baali, El, Elah, Eloah, Elohim, El Roi, ...
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Why did the KJV translators translate יהוה on the extremely rare occasion as IEHOVAH rather than LORD?

The KJV translators almost always translated the Tetragrammaton into English as "LORD" (all capital letters). For example, in Deut. 6:4: But, on the rare occasion—extremely rare—they chose instead ...
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Why didn't the KJV translators transliterate יהוה?

Did the translators of the KJV make any comments or notes that explained the basis for their decision not to transliterate each occurrence of the Tetragrammaton into English, rather than translating ...
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What is the Biblical basis for concluding 'Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah or LORD)'?

Of course Christianity believes Jesus is God, but I am interested in this question for the argument that Jehovah (I AM), the name of God which later Jews were not allowed to speak, is a term not ...
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Why is the word 'Lord' in all caps in the OT but not in the NT?

My friend asked me the other day, why is the word 'Lord' in all capital letters in the Old Testament but not the New Testament? I tend to lean towards the fact that the OT was written in Hebrew and ...
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Why did Jesus never address God by the name "Jehovah"?

What explanations have been offered for why Jesus never addressed God in His prayers by the name "Jehovah" or "Yahweh"?
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“Jesus said to them 'I am'" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?

In the following verse, did Jesus in fact say the word, the name of God, that no Jew would dare to say aloud at that time? As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, ...
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Should Catholics silently hum the Tetragrammaton when they're supposed to sing it?'

I was telling the kids in my Catechism class yesterday that we don't pronounce God's name anymore in hymns during Mass. They were a tad taken aback, especially since apparently they're supposed to ...
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Do any Christian traditions intentionally use the name 'Yahweh'?

It seems that few Christians deliberatly use the term 'Yahweh', yet it is a cultural norm that using peoples real names shows some level of appreciation and honor. Are there any Christian traditions ...
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Why does Vatican require "Yahweh" not to be used?

This news article by Catholic News Service tells of the removal of the Tetragrammaton from Catholic masses. "Yahweh" -- a name of God that the Vatican has ruled must not "be used or pronounced" in ...
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Is God's name Yahweh or Jehovah? [closed]

God's name is written as the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH) in the Old Testament. The name is not vocalized in the manuscripts and it's considered ineffable, forbidden to say aloud, by Jews. For that ...