Discussion in 'Jewish Research' started by newseed, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. newseed

    newseed New Member

    I was doing a bit of research about the name of God [Elohiym], YHWH. I know for fact the hebrew word elohiym means god is not limited to the True God but also to false gods.

    I have no problem accepting the name YHWH as His name. I also know for a fact the Jewish scholars used Adonai (LORD) instead of YHWH for fear that they may mispronounce His Holy name.

    Now from my understanding and what I have been taught is that the name YHWH is pronouced as Jehovah (Ya-ho-vah).

    The only info that I came across so about about the name YHWH is this link:


    Now I don't get into Hebrew language research but according to this link, the author is saying that the four letters are in fact vowels and that the correct pronounciation is Yah-oo-ay which kind of confuses me because what I was taught in the past.

    I have a few people tell me that the pronounciation was lost along with the original hebrew language and yet the language returned but the pronounciation did not.

    Your thoughts and resources.

  2. Aineo

    Aineo Active Member

  3. newseed

    newseed New Member

    After reading the two links, I find that the pronouciation was lost. If that is the case, then how is it that we are required to call upon the name of the LORD if we do not know his name?

    I found this site explaining in some details about the hebrew words and how YHVH is pronouced.


    YAH-OO-AY is the only pronouciation that I found in audior form but I have also read elsewhere that have provided text pronouciations of YHVH to be YAHU and others saying it's YaHWeh.


    My difficulty is...who's correct? or does it matter and that LORD is now accepted?

    I know for fact that this has nothing to do with my salvation but instead I just want to know the pronounciation of my Father's name.
  4. Aineo

    Aineo Active Member

    I have to agree with the above. Yaweh, Yahweh, Yehovah, Jahovah, Jehovah, or Yahovah knows the heart of every individual. Do you think our Father is concerned with how the Japanese, Chinese, South Africans, and etc. pronounce a Hebrew word?
    Why not take the Lord's example and simply adddress Him as "Father". I don't know about others but I would never address my father by his given name.

    As to Joel 2:32, I believe this should be understood to mean that those who call upon Allah, Brahman, and etc. will discover that the Father (regardless of how His name is pronounced) is the only true God.
  5. newseed

    newseed New Member

    I understand and I agree. But to the Jews, does this still apply?
  6. Aineo

    Aineo Active Member

    Deuteronomy 32:6
    6 Do you thus deal with the LORD,
    O foolish and unwise people?
    Is He not your Father, who bought you?
    Has He not made you and established you?

    Isaiah 63:16
    6 Doubtless You are our Father,
    Though Abraham was ignorant of us,
    And Israel does not acknowledge us.
    You, O LORD, are our Father;
    Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.

    I don't see why not, after all Jesus is a Jew and most of what he said, he said to the Jews.
  7. newseed

    newseed New Member

    I'm sorry but what I meant was that if the Hebrew language has been brought back, how did the Jews pronouce His name if those very letters of the word YHVH is right there in front of them?

    Didn't we have someone on this forum at one time that knew Hebrew?
  8. Aineo

    Aineo Active Member

    stillsmallvoice, is an Orthodox Jew who lives in Israel. We can give him access to this forum or you can ask your question in the Judaism Forum.

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