Do other religions use the name Jehovah?

by JH 20 Replies latest jw friends

  • JH

    When people hear the name Jehovah, they automatically think Jehovah Witnesses. I know that in old Catholic bibles, the word Jehovah might be found or Jahweh.

    Is it the JW's who came out with that name first or did other religions use it before the JW's?

  • jgnat

    It is a JW urban legend that they came up with the name of God. I correct my honey regularly. There are several songs we sing in church, for instance, that incorporate Jehovah's name. "Jehovah Jireh.." comes to mind right away.

    Interesting article:

  • stillajwexelder

    No - it is NOT unique to JWs -- other small religions do use it -- an Old Hymn from Great Britain (Wales) at one time used it as part of their national anthem - -Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah - Pilgrim Through This Barren Land , I am weak but thou art mighty, hold me with thy pwoerful hand ---

    anyway -- after ( many years in the sixties I think ) JWs adopted the name - -the Hymn title was changed to Guide Me oh thou Great Redeemer

  • aunthill

    I have heard the name Jehovah used a couple of times in the two years I have been attending my non-denominational Christian church. In the charismatic church I attended before, for about 3 years, I also heard the name used on several occasions.

    It still jolts me to hear someone in church use the name Jehovah.

    I remember seeing a movie, when I was a little girl, and the captain of the ship calling on the "great god, Jehovah!" (maybe it was Moby Dick? I haven't seen the movie or read the book in eons) So I think that the name was used occasionally in Protestant churches, after the Reformation.


  • worldlygirl
    Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah - Pilgrim Through This Barren Land , I am weak but thou art mighty, hold me with thy pwoerful hand ---

    It is still called "Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah" in the Methodist Church. We sing it all the time.

  • shotgun

    The 1901 American Standard Bible translation used the Name Jehovah close to 7000 times, so anyone using that bible would have used the name. The reason the Bible students and later JW's didn't use that version was it's wording and dates in a few verses did not agree with the Earthly paradise and 6000 yrs of creation ending in 1874 as did the KJV.

  • Joker10

    I've read the name Jehovah in Catholic bibles myself. If you tune to a Relgion TV station you will hear the name Jehovah once in a while. At least this is the case in L.A.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    The pronunciations "Jehovah" and "Yahweh"

    By combining the vowel signs of 'Adho ?n ay' and 'Elo ? him' with the four consonants of the Tetragrammaton the pronunciations Yeho ?wah' and Yeho wih' were formed . The first of these provided the basis for the Latinized form "Jehova (h) ." The first recorded use of this form dates from the thirteenth century C .E . Raymundus Martini, a Spanish monk of the Dominican Order, used it in his book Pugeo Fidei of the year 1270 .

    - Aid To Bible Understanding, 1971, article: "Jehovah"

  • heathen

    I have heard televangelists use the name to mean God almighty before but I think the name has become primarily associated with the jehovah witnesses . I know it was in the original translation of the king james bible in 4 places , Exodus 6:3 being the main one I can remember .

  • DebraDoll

    According to my Mom when I have shown her IN PRINT, that other religions (INCLUDING some darker, Chaotic-Magic incantations!! oooooooo!!!!) are "Praising" J...; "Those people are MIS-using Jehovah's name!" BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How outrageous is that one???!!! Please be assured that HIS name is reserved esclusively for HIS people! (Oh-and of course the awesome band "Jehovah's WAITRESSES!")

  • Dawn

    Our church also uses the name Jehovah from time to time.....and we sing the song "Jehovah Jirah...". In fact, we had quite an interesting sermon a few months ago about the history of the name Jehovah, Yahweh, and "I AM".

    I listen to church sermons on the radio from time to time (I do a lot of driving in my job) and I hear it on there too. So the JW's don't have the corner on the market........although they like to pretend they do.

  • garybuss

    "As to the Old Testament name of God, certainly the spelling and pronunciation "Jehovah" were originally a blunder."

    (The Bible in Living English, 1972, p.7, Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society Of Pennsylvania)

  • Thirdson

    I was quite surprised at how frequently the name Jehovah and Yahweh are used in other churches. Not in every other sentence (ala JWs) but in prayers, collects, hymns and anthems. As for "Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah," it is a great hymn.


  • Gopher

    Other religions use the term "Hallelujah", which when translated means praise Jehovah. (Hallel = Hebrew for 'praise', Jah = an abbreviated form of 'Jehovah')

    Many churches use the "Hallelujah Chorus" from the opera "The Messiah" by Georg Handel, which is over 2 centuries old.

  • seedy3

    I think the JDubs feel they have the market on the name but it is not really so, the Mormans, Iglesia ni Christos, and many smaller sects/cults use it on a fairly regular basis, many mainstream religions know of it and use it sparingly, however the JW's almost take to an abuse of the name.


  • blondie

    In my travels I have seen several churches with Jehovah iin their name:

    Jehovah Jireh Services & Activities:
    Monroe Faith Center
    16910 161st Ave, SESnohomish, Washington 98290

    Jehovah Jireh Ministries International

    Jehovah Jireh Church of God in Christ
    6120 Xerxes Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55430

    Antonio, Texas

    Jehovah Jireh Baptist Church
    536 W 148th Street - New York, NY

    Reverend Vernon William of the Jehovah Jireh Baptist Church speaking on International Human Rights Day.

    Jehovah Jireh CME Church Okolona, MS

  • Will Power
    Will Power

    Lots of other "religions" use the contrived name Jehovah. Where the line is drawn is that true CHRISTians (if they can do it so can I) do not insert the word into the New Testament where it never was (save some OT quotes), just cause they say they think it should be there. It would be just as legitament if any one of the posters on this board were to insert their "handle" - (made up name) in the NT.


  • concerned mama
    concerned mama

    I was raised in the Christian Reformed Church. It is a Dutch, quite calvanistic church, as I recall. They regularly used the name Jehovah, then. I recently looked at their website and they no longer seemed to used that name. I was also at a funeral in a CR Church, and I didn't hear the name Jehovah, once. I guess they saw the error of their ways.

  • Amazing

    The English version of God's Hebrew name, Jehovah or Yahweh has been around for many centuries ... the JWs simply capitalized on it as part of their marketing package ... after I left the JWs and attended many different churches, I discovered songs using the name Jehovah, and at times preachers used it, and various religious articles contained the name ... but the JWs are the most avid users of the name, whereas Christians used the Biblical name assigned above every other name under heaven, that is, Jesus Christ. Go figure.

  • Gopher

    There's a "JEHOVAH LUTHERAN" church on Snelling Avenue North in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA).

    I heard that the major benefactor for this impressive church building provided major funds only on the condition that Jehovah's name would be on the church.

    One time a major crime story happened in the parking lot of this church, and people mistakenly thought it happened at a Jehovah's Witness building.

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