Monday, June 22, 2009
Words in the Bible
As many English Bibles are read, one reads (several hundred times) the title or name, "Jehovah." Was this title or name revealed to Moses at the time of the Exodus? To be exact, "Jehovah" is not found in the Hebrew Old Testament. The name was written as a tetragrammaton or grammatical form made up of four Hebrew consonants, JHWH or YHWH. Many modern translators have inserted vowels for pronunciation... Yahweh. The "NAME" of God held great sacredness equal to God Himself. "Adonai" (my Lord) was pronounced in prayer and reading orally from the Law or Prophets. JHWH could not be pronounced. This problem persisted for a hundred generations when in 1520 AD Petrus Galatinus mixed the two titles of God. He took JHWH and put the vowels of the Hebrew word, Adonai and formed a new name, JeHoVaH. This was completely artificial and never had any part of Hebrew speech or worship. However, the name, Jehovah is firmly established in our minds like concrete as His Holy Name.