Who is Y H V H?
Yahweh is the name of God in the Hebrew Bible and in ancient Semitic religion, and the personal name of the God of Israel as described in the Hebrew Bible.-Wikipedia article on Yahweh (God Of Israel)
The word Yahweh is a modern scholarly convention for the Hebrew יהוה, transcribed into Roman letters as YHWH and known as the Tetragrammaton, for which the actual pronunciation is disputed.
The most likely meaning of the name may be “He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists", but there are many theories and none is regarded as conclusive.
The term "Yahweh" appears in many scholarly works.
Bible scholar and author Charles Ryrie says the name “Yahweh” appears 6,823 times in the Old Testament, and also many times in the New Testament when it directly quotes or paraphrases passages from the Old Testament.
In Judaism, the Tetragrammaton is conventionally substituted by Adonai ("my Lord") when reading the text of the Bible. Based on this practice, the traditional translation of the Tetragrammaton in Christian Bibles is "the Lord". When transcribing the Tetragrammaton, the vocalization "Jehovah" has been popular in particular in Protestantism from the time of the Reformation.
The King James Bible, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version, etc. substitute the titles “LORD” and “GOD” with all the letters capitalized where the Name “Yahweh” actually belongs.
The name "Yahweh" does not appear in the text of most popular English Bible translations on the market today.
Jewish Bible scholars introduced this tradition in the mid-2nd century B.C., and it has continued since that time.
YHVH is the Hebrew Name for the Creator of everything.
YHVH has many titles, but only one NAME.
Perhaps YHVH's most unique title is the Hebrew word: ElYon, (which means ‘the Most High Elohim’).
"Most High" clarifies that YHVH is the one unique being at the very top of the authority chain, even above the Messiah, above anyone else that anyone might call 'God'.
YHVH (aka YAH) is undeniably the central character of the Bible.
YHVH is the root word of:
- 'HalleluYAH' (praise YAH)
- and of the Hebrew word (Yahshua) that eventually morphed (devolved) into 'Jesus'.
The "YAH" in "halleluYAH" is
Most of the really important characters in Hebrew history had 'Yah' in their name, giving their names profound meanings:
|Abijah||Yah is my Father|
|Joshua||Yah is salvation|
|Elijah||Yah is the Supreme being|
|and on and on.|
If you removed from the bible
- all references to YAH,
- all things YAH commands,
- and all accounts of beings either disobeying or obeying YAH's commands,
If you count unique titles of YAH, and references to YHVH's name [YAH] in words like HalleluYAH and JeremiYAH, there are more references to YHVH than there are verses in the entire bible!
YHVH is intentionally mistranslated as 'THE LORD' (all caps) 7,300 times in most English Old Testament translations.
And in the Newer Testament, YHVH is specifically identified over 1000 times by such unique titles as:
- "THE Father" and/or
- "THE God," (Greek: Ho Theos, Hebrew: the Eloah. (Note that most English translations omit the definite article: 'the', causing billions of people to confuse Jesus with YHVH.)
The name YHVH signifies:
'The One who is self-existent; the same and equally present in all phases of time, past, present, and future.' The omni-temporal presence.
YHWH commanded over and over again that we know and say His real Name.
However, using YAH's Name in vain is an offense (crime) that is listed in the Mosaic Code as meriting the death penalty.
So don't just throw the Name of YAH around.
A Bible dictionary says:
Since classical Hebrew was written without vowels, the personal name of God is spelled YHWH when the Hebrew letters are transliterated into English.
Scholars believe YHVH should be pronounced YAHWEH, although its exact pronunciation is in question.
After the exile, many Jews refused to utter this name, claiming they feared they might accidentally violate the Third Commandment.
Instead, they often used another Hebrew word, one meaning "Lord" (Adonai).
In many English translations of the Old Testament, the occurrence of the divine name Yahweh is denoted by printing the word LORD (in uppercase type).
However, whenever the title "Lord" (Adoni) precedes God's name, the word GOD is used (in uppercase letters).
Jeremiah 1:6 actually reads "Adonai Yahweh". This designation stresses YAH's absolute sovereignty.
All must submit to YAH's authority.
BDB Theological Dictionary lists the following interpretations of the name YHWH, proposed by a score of venerated theologians:
"Many recent scholars explain YHWH as Hiph. of hawa:
- The one bringing into being;
- Giver of existence, creator;
- He who brings to pass;
- Performer of his promises;
- He who causes to fall (rain or lightning);
"But most take YHVH as Qal of hawa:
- The self-existent One;
- The EverPresent
- The absolute and unchangeable one;
- The existing, ever-living;
- the one ever coming into manifestation
- He will be;
- He will approve himself (give evidence of being, assert his being).