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Is His Name Jehovah or Yahweh?

 
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The Christian translators of the Bible unknowingly followed the Jewish Scribes and disguised the Name of the Creator. Now learn the truth about the Heavenly Father´s revealed, personal Name!

ASK MOST BIBLE BELIEVERS what the name of the Heavenly Father is and they probably will say Jehovah. Ask them for some proof of this and they will either point to traditional usage or refer you to some Old Testament English Bible version.

Surprisingly, the name of the Heavenly Father is not Jehovah, and never was. The history of "Jehovah," which some encyclopedias call erroneous and which many Bible scholars agree is not accurate, is quite eye-opening.

In the oldest text of the Bible, the ancient Hebrew script, the sacred Name is represented by four Hebrew letters, hwhy. These four letters are called the Tetragrammaton, appearing in English as YHWH.

The ancient Hebrew alphabet had no vowels. To indicate vowels, scribes or copyists used diacritical marks or points above or below the letters. Jewish law experts decided to hide this Name to make certain it would not be taken in vain or blasphemed. Therefore, when the four letters of the Tetragrammaton appeared in the text, scribes "pointed" it with substitution vowels for the Hebrew word adonai (meaning "lord")which was then read "adonai" instead of the sacred Name "Yahweh."

One of the most widely known words in the world is "halleluYah," an imperative meaning "Praise you Yah." Notice that the short or poetic form is Yah and is not spelled Yeh. Although the obsolete form "hallelujah" is occasionally seen, the letter j carries the sound of y (the Hebrew had no "j" or "j" sound). HalleluYah is heard the world over and sounds the same in all languages.

Hebrew Not Understood

The first converts to the Savior were Jews, including the bishops or leaders of the assemblies. As more gentile converts were accepted, the assembly took on a gentile flavor with gentile customs and practices.

These gentiles generally did not understand Hebrew. In fact, at the time of Constantine there was a most decided anti-Jewish bias and for the most part these gentile converts wanted nothing to do with anything Jewish. A separation soon developed between "Jewish Christians" and "Gentile Christians."

When the Old Testament was translated into Greek (known as the Septuagint)it became the standard text for the early assembly, now overwhelmed by pagan converts, which by then spoke Latin or Greek.

Even though the Septuagint was written in Greek, the Sacred Name (Tetragrammaton) hwhy was first written into the text in gold Hebrew letters. Being ignorant of Hebrew, the readers of the Greek text mistakenly pronounced the Hebrew Tetragrammaton "Pipi," as the Greek pi, “ π ” resembled the Hebrew he, “ ה ”.

The Latin translations became standard for the Roman church and the Latin letters IHVH appeared for the Hebrew Tetragrammaton. At that time the vowel I was equivalent to the Y. The V had the sound of W, "oo."(Write for our ministudy, Spelling the Sacred Name, V or W?)

The capital I soon had a tail added, a modification popularized by Dutch printers, so that the Tetragrammaton began to appear as JHVH. Although it looked like our J, the Latin letter J was pronounced as the letter i in police or machine.

The Ineffable Name

Names do not change from language to language. One can listen to a foreign broadcast and recognize names of world leaders such as Bush, Yeltsin, Kohl, and Mitterand. Names are transliterated ("given the same sound")by employing equivalent letters of a given alphabet. Yahweh´s Name does not change from language to language.

Even though the Tetragrammaton appeared in the Latin texts as JHVH (the equivalent of YHWH in pronunciation) the Hebrew vowel pointing was for adonai. In addition, the Jews made the first vowel "a" correspond to our short letter "e" as in "met," lest anyone reading the Hebrew would inadvertently blurt out the first part of the Sacred Name "Yah." (Hence the "e" in Jehovah.)

The Tetragrammaton, with the vowel pointing of the erroneous adonai, is even today called the "ineffable (unpronounceable) name" by those familiar with the Hebrew. It cannot be pronounced with the "adonai" vowel pointing!

The translators, unaware of the Jewish tradition not to pronounce the Name as Yahweh, were influenced by the Jews and their substitution of the vowels of adonai. Therefore they ignorantly wrote "Jehovah."

Dr. J. B. Rotherham states in the preface of his Bible concerning Jehovah: "Erroneously written and pronounced Jehovah, which is merely a combination of the sacred Tetragrammaton and the vowels in the Hebrew word for Lord, substituted by the Jews for JHVH, because they shrank from pronouncing The Name, owing to an old misconception of the two passages, Ex. 20:7 and Lev. 24:16...To give the name JHVH the vowels of the word for Lord [Heb. Adonai], is about as hybrid a combination as it would be to spell the name Germany with the vowels in the name Portugal - viz., Gormuna. The monstrous combination Jehovah is not older than about 1520 A.D."

Rotherham was ahead of his time, but now many current dictionaries and encyclopedias admit the name Jehovah is wrong, that it properly should read "Yahweh."

The Encyclopedia Britannica (Micropedia, vol. 10) says:

"Yahweh-the personal name of the [El] of the Israelites ...The Masoretes, Jewish biblical scholars of the Middle Ages, replaced the vowel signs that had appeared above or beneath the consonants of YHWH with the vowel signs of Adonai or of Elohim. Thus the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH)came into being. Although Christian scholars after the Renaissance and Reformation periods used the term Jehovah for YHWH, in the 19th and 20thcenturies biblical scholars again began to use the form Yahweh, thus this pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton was never really lost. Greek transcriptions also indicate that YHWH should be pronounced Yahweh."

Interestingly, even the Jehovah´s Witnesses acknowledge that the name Jehovah is improper. Their book, "Let Your Name Be Sanctified" freely admits on pages 16 and 18 that Yahweh is the superior translation of the Tetragrammaton. This book has lately been withdrawn. However, in the preface of their "The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures," we find on page 23 the following admission:

"While inclining to view the pronunciation ´Yahweh´ as the more correct way, we have retained the form ´Jehovah´ because of people´s familiarity with it since the 14th century. Moreover, it preserves equally with other forms, the four letters of the Tetragrammaton JHVH."

Keeping Man´s Tradition

We cannot let tradition lead us to call the Heavenly Father by a wrong name! Much scholarly proof is now available to show that Jehovah is wrong. We are to walk in all the truth we are given so that Yahweh will give us even more light. Our purpose is not to follow erroneous traditions of men: "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men." (Mark 7:7)

The mistaken name Jehovah is said to have been given us about 1518 by Peter Gallatin who was confessor to Pope Leo X. The efforts not withstanding Protestant reformers to return to the truth of the Bible, the majority of Protestants still retain the erroneous name Jehovah which was handed to us by the Catholics.

James Moffatt´s Bible uses the title "Eternal," a title used by some groups who deny Yahweh´s Name. Moffatt says in his preface:

"Strictly speaking, this ought to be rendered ´Yahweh,´ which is familiar to modern readers in the erroneous form of ´Jehovah.´ Were this a version intended for students of the original, there would be no hesitation whatever in printing ´Yahweh.´"

Moffatt admits that students of the original text (correct text) should use "Yahweh." Those who are not ardent students or lack interest in the original text given us by Yahweh Himself call Him by titles like "Eternal."

False Pen of the Scribes

As we have shown, the Scribes had inserted the vowels for Adonai in the Tetragrammaton to disguise Yahweh´s Name. In their ignorance the Greek and Latin translators perpetuated the error.

Many names in the Bible begin with "Je" which should begin with "Ya." Even the name "Jesus" is not correct, but a poor transliteration. This can be proved by looking in a Bible concordance.(You may also write for our ministudy, How the Savior´s Name Was Changed, to learn how the dynamics of language led to an eventual change in the Messiah´s Name.)

Note that names like Jehoiachin, Jehoiarib, Jehonadab, Jehoada, Jehosedech, and Jehoram all mistakenly begin with Jeh. Instead, they should more correctly begin Yah, as can be easily proved by searching Strong´s Exhaustive Concordance for the reference number, and then perusing the Hebrew Dictionary found at the back of the concordance.

This changing of forms likely is what Jeremiah referred to when he wrote that the "pen of the scribes is in vain," Jeremiah 8:8.

Strong´s Exhaustive Concordance is almost a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the original languages. Notice in the Hebrew dictionary of Strong´s No. 3050, the entry "Yahh," a contraction for 3068 [the Tetragrammaton, the Sacred Name].

"Yah" is found in HalleluYah, meaning "praise you Yah." Also it appears in names like Isaiah (IsaYah), Jeremiah (JeremYah), Zephaniah (ZephanYAH), Nehemiah (NehemYAH), and other names ending in "iah." Yah means "I exist," "I am," "I create," or "I will be or bring into being."

Yah is the poetic or short form of His Name found to have survived translators in Psalm 68:4 of the King James Version. It is the prefix of the name Jehovah as found in Strong´s Exhaustive Concordance which is most interesting and shows the fallacy of the name Jehovah.

Shocking Implications of ´Jehovah´

We now see how the first part of the Sacred Name "Yah" was changed to "Jeh" as the "J" developed and the "a" was replaced with "e" to hide the name.

The suffix "hovah" is No. 1943 in Strong´s Hebrew Dictionary and has the meaning of "ruin: mischief." It is another form of No. 1942, havvah, which is translated "calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness."

Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius says of No. 1943, hovah: "ruin, disaster."

From this we can see the folly of calling the Creator of this universe-the One we worship-Jehovah. For in calling upon this hybrid name we are in actuality beseeching a mighty one whose name carries the meaning, "The One Who creates ruin, creates mischief, creates calamity, creates iniquity, creates naughtiness, creates perverse things, creates very wickedness."

Satan must certainly have a field day when mankind ignorantly refers to Yahweh by the name Je-hovah-a name that perfectly fits Satan himself as the Destroyer!

Yahweh: ´He Will Become...´

Knowing its Hebrew meaning, how can we possibly call our Heavenly Father "Jehovah"? No wonder Dr. Rotherham referred to the name Jehovah as a monstrous hybrid!

How much more glorious it is to call Him Yahweh! His Name Yahweh means He Who will become whatever we, His people, need of Him at that time. He will become our Healer, Provider, Protector, Sustainer, Guide, Shepherd, Keeper, etc., as well as our Savior through His Son Yahshua.

Now that you know that Jehovah is a man-made hybrid, cleanse your lips of it, as was the case with Isaiah (6:6-7). Call upon the Name Yahweh, which is revealed to those with whom He is in a covenant relationship. He will be whatever you need of Him and will joyfully fulfill the meaning of His Name in your life!

´Yahweh´ in the Ten Commandments

Most Christians are not taught the importance of observing ALL the Commandments. Most skip over the first five and concentrate on those Commandments dealing with our fellow man: killing, lying, stealing, adultery, coveting. These certainly are important in guiding our daily life.

Yet, is it not even MORE important that we serve faithfully our Heavenly Father Yahweh in the way He expects? We are told repeatedly throughout Scripture to revere His Name. How can we revere His Name if we never invoke the Name that He has so lovingly revealed to His people? Can we set His Name aside and ignore it?

Note that the first three of the Ten Commandments deal with Yahweh and His powerful Name. In the original Hebrew, the first five Commandments use His Name Yahweh ten times! Our Heavenly Father inspired Moses to place the Name Yahweh in His law for us so we would know Who we serve.

The Third Commandment specifically says that we should not take His Name lightly or use it in vain.

Reverently consider His Name as did those we read of in Malachi 3:16:"They that feared Yahweh spoke often one to another: and Yahweh hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared Yahweh, and that thought upon His name." May you reverence His Name so that your name will also be written in the "Book of Remembrance." Verses 17 and 18 show that this as an act of righteousness.

Revelation 3:5 reveals that Yahshua will not blot out the names of those who overcome, but will confess their names before the Heavenly Father.(See also Rev. 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27, 22:19.)

If the names of mere men are important for the book of salvation, how much more important is the Name of the Heavenly Father Yahweh to us?

Take on His Name

Yahweh speaks of His people in this way: "Therefore my people shall know my Name..." (Isa. 52:6)

The prophet Daniel in a petition to Almighty Yahweh asks, "O Yahweh, hear; O Yahweh, forgive; O Yahweh, hearken and do; defer not, for Your own sake, O my Elohim: for Your city and Your People are called by Your Name" (9:19).

When we realize that Yahweh is creating a family of obedient people on earth who reverence Him and His Name, then we understand the importance of that family name and what it means to be called by it.

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Master Yahshua the Messiah, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named," Ephesians 3:14-15.

The day our Savior returns to earth as the Redeemer and Bridegroom He will marry His bride, the True Assembly. As His bride, His people will take on His Name, "for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved," Acts 4:12.

Now that you know His true Name, call on it with confidence and assurance that He will bless and reward you for your willingness to obey!
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12/08/2005 10:16 AM
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Correct pronounciation of Yahweh:
eeaaaaahhoooooahhh
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12/08/2005 10:16 AM
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Niether name you mentioned is correct. I see that you too have done your studies. But I want to add this for you to understand. I use the manuscripts and in the book of Esther the real name is there hidden and locked in because God knew man and what they were going to do. I point out these scriptures and lets see if you can pick up on the real name.
Esther.
1:20
5:4 and 5:13
6:5 and 6:7
They are given in a acrostic so you might not see it. But thanks for sharing what you have learned. Your right on the button on how it got changed. But not YHWH. Its YHVH.Peace.
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Yahweh [YAh-WAy}- is the native word for "the creator".

Mormons took it directly from native language and the name Yahweh stuck. Yahweh is clearly a word of native american origin.

There is no coincidece as some claim, because the people who adopted it had never heard or used it before they made contact with native Americans.
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All I know is if you utter the name of God, you´re gonna get stoned. Just see "Life of Brian"
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No matter if you call Him Yahweh or Jehovah, God will understand you are talking to Him. God is not a name but a title. Use a name. And God´s son´s name Jesus was not originally pronounced that way but he will recognize it if that is the way you want to say his name. Jesus is universally recognized as God´s son´s name as are other pronunciations. Yahweh and Jehovah are the same way. Jehovah was even used by the Puritans so it is not a new way to say God´s name. Just use what you are comforgable with.
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ok...then we will just call you Egore...what difference does a name make...

you are a moron...
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Let me spell it out for you. We aren´t to use *any* name. Just the ones recognized as used for God and His son.
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In the second half of the first millennium A.D., Jewish scholars introduced a system of points to represent the missing vowels in the consonantal Hebrew text. When it came to God’s name, instead of inserting the proper vowel signs for it, they put other vowel signs to remind the reader that he should say ´Adho·nai´ (meaning “Sovereign Lord”) or ´Elo·him´ (meaning “God”).

The Codex Leningrad B 19A, of the 11th century A.D., vowel points the Tetragrammaton to read Yehwah´, Yehwih´, and Yeho·wah´. Ginsburg’s edition of the Masoretic text vowel points the divine name to read Yeho·wah´. (Ge 3:14, ftn) Hebrew scholars generally favor “Yahweh” as the most likely pronunciation. They point out that the abbreviated form of the name is Yah (Jah in the Latinized form), as at Psalm 89:8 and in the expression Ha·lelu-Yah´ (meaning “Praise Jah, you people!”). (Ps 104:35; 150:1, 6) Also, the forms Yehoh´, Yoh, Yah, and Ya´hu, found in the Hebrew spelling of the names Jehoshaphat, Joshaphat, Shephatiah, and others, can all be derived from Yahweh. Greek transliterations of the name by early Christian writers point in a somewhat similar direction with spellings such as I·a·be´ and I·a·ou·e´, which, as pronounced in Greek, resemble Yahweh. Still, there is by no means unanimity among scholars on the subject, some favoring yet other pronunciations, such as “Yahuwa,” “Yahuah,” or “Yehuah.”

Since certainty of pronunciation is not now attainable, there seems to be no reason for abandoning in English the well-known form “Jehovah” in favor of some other suggested pronunciation. If such a change were made, then, to be consistent, changes should be made in the spelling and pronunciation of a host of other names found in the Scriptures: Jeremiah would be changed to Yir·meyah´, Isaiah would become Yesha`·ya´hu, and Jesus would be either Yehoh·shu´a` (as in Hebrew) or I·e·sous´ (as in Greek). The purpose of words is to transmit thoughts; in English the name Jehovah identifies the true God, transmitting this thought more satisfactorily today than any of the suggested substitutes.
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No human today can be certain how it was originally pronounced in Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew was originally written with only consonants, no vowels. When the language was in everyday use, readers easily provided the proper vowels. In time, however, the Jews came to have the superstitious idea that it was wrong to say God’s personal name out loud, so they used substitute expressions. Centuries later, Jewish scholars developed a system of points by which to indicate which vowels to use when reading ancient Hebrew, but they put the vowels for the substitute expressions around the four consonants representing the divine name. Thus the original pronunciation of the divine name was lost.

Many scholars favor the spelling “Yahweh,” but it is uncertain and there is not agreement among them. On the other hand, “Jehovah” is the form of the name that is most readily recognized, because it has been used in English for centuries and preserves, equally with other forms, the four consonants of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton.

J. B. Rotherham, in The Emphasised Bible, used the form Yahweh throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. However, later in his Studies in the Psalms he used the form “Jehovah.” He explained: “JEHOVAH—The employment of this English form of the Memorial name . . . in the present version of the Psalter does not arise from any misgiving as to the more correct pronunciation, as being Yahwéh; but solely from practical evidence personally selected of the desirability of keeping in touch with the public ear and eye in a matter of this kind, in which the principal thing is the easy recognition of the Divine name intended.”—(London, 1911), p. 29.

After discussing various pronunciations, German professor Gustav Friedrich Oehler concluded: “From this point onward I use the word Jehovah, because, as a matter of fact, this name has now become more naturalized in our vocabulary, and cannot be supplanted.”—Theologie des Alten Testaments, second edition (Stuttgart, 1882), p. 143.

Jesuit scholar Paul Joüon states: “In our translations, instead of the (hypothetical) form Yahweh, we have used the form Jéhovah . . . which is the conventional literary form used in French.”—Grammaire de l’hébreu biblique (Rome, 1923), footnote on p. 49.

Most names change to some extent when transferred from one language to another. Jesus was born a Jew, and his name in Hebrew was perhaps pronounced Ye·shu´a´, but the inspired writers of the Christian Scriptures did not hesitate to use the Greek form of the name, I·e·sous´. In most other languages the pronunciation is slightly different, but we freely use the form that is common in our tongue. The same is true of other Bible names. How, then, can we show proper respect for the One to whom the most important name of all belongs? Would it be by never speaking or writing his name because we do not know exactly how it was originally pronounced? Or, rather, would it be by using the pronunciation and spelling that are common in our language, while speaking well of its Owner and conducting ourselves as his worshipers in a manner that honors him?
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Jesus called God Allaha or a cognate in his native Aramaic.
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Having said e´HaYaH (rather archaic Heb, e´HUaH) "I Shall (prove to) Be" to Moshe, this the second person YeHUaH "He Becoming" of the ´covenant people´, this is the ´tetragrammaton´ and it´s conjuction YaH (you see the ´mapiq he´ or any final H has an ´aH´ sound).
The name He came with YeShUaA fulfilled the name requirement (´the 77´ TeNaHk occurences)with His life -but became most obvious in the death of Him when the titulum read ´Yeshua Ha´netzari U´melech Ha´yehudim´ without spaces but rather only emphasis on first letters; the INRI! (they wanted so0 to change that!) Like ´Jehovah´ and ´Yahweh´, so "Jesus" -from the Anglican sounding of the Roman-Latin IESVS -from sounding the Greek IESOYS -from sounding the Judaean Aramaic IeShUaA ´He Eases´.
Amazing how divided One has become!
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Here is his name and the Balbek Temple WAS his home. Serve who you think, but remember who taught you. Slomo heisted his Game.

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