by hamsterbait 4 Replies latest social humour

  • hamsterbait


    I reckon the pronunciation of the YHWH is purely an accident of how european languages evolved.

    Jerome said that some ignorant ones when reading the LXX pronounced the YHWH as 'pipi' as they thought the square hebrew letters to be greek ones. So we know manuscripts existed in his day with the letters.

    In latin it was written IEHOVAH. Bearing in mind that V was pronounced as U it implies an approximation to EE-YAY-OO-AH.

    As time went on some european scribes started writing 'I' as 'J' (Which is why germans pronounce J as Y.)

    In England seventeenth century editions of Shakespeare use 'u' for 'v' showing the distinction between the two letters was not absolute as yet.

    I conclude the modern english transliteration is wrong.

    Yahweh, Yehwah, Ehaywah are probably nearer.

    Thats my two bits of droppings for today.


  • Sparkplug
  • Robert K Stock
    Robert K Stock

    What we are typing are "Latin letters." Roman numerals are not used much today.

  • Sparkplug

    Sorry when I opened this up...there was nothing next to the avatar. Now, with actual words on the page, I understand. Thank you

  • Robert K Stock
    Robert K Stock

    I have heard that "YAHOO" may be the correct pronunciation of YHWH.

    For hundreds of years only the High Priest would pronounce the name and that was only once a year.

    Many Hasidic Jews do not say out loud, adonai or elohim but HASHEM (meaning THE NAME) in place of YHWH and do not even write GOD in English but G-D instead.

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