Yahweh

Yahweh (Yah´way)

The most important name for God in the OT. The name is formed from the Tetragrammaton, i.e., the consonants YHWH, which occur 6,828 times. God’s name was intentionally written without vowels to discourage its being pronounced aloud, and the actual pronunciation of the word has been lost to history. Nevertheless, the name is typically written as “Yahweh” today. This name occurs in all OT writings except Ecclesiastes, Esther, and the Song of Solomon. Its shortened forms (e.g., “Yah”) occur in many personal names, where the letters may be transliterated into English as “jah,” joh,” “iah,” or a number of other combinations (e.g., Jeremiah, Jonathan). An older system of transliteration rendered the Hebrew consonants YHWH as JHVH instead; thus, in some literature the name Yahweh is written as “Jahveh,” “Yahveh,” or “Jahweh.” Likewise, the name Jehovah is simply an archaic form of Yahweh used in the KJV. It was produced by inserting the vowels for the Hebrew word for “Lord” between the consonants JHVH. In many English Bibles, the name Yahweh is simply rendered as “Lord” (with small capital letters). (Gen 4:26) traces the revelation of the name Yahweh to human beings to the primeval period, while other texts present Moses as the first to receive the knowledge of this name (Exod 3:14; Exod 6:2-3). In the latter two passages, the deity is specifically identified with the God of the ancestors (Exod 3:13; Exod 3:15; Exod 6:3-4). The meaning of the name probably derives from a form of the Hebrew verb “to be.” In (Exod 3:14), God responds to Moses with the ambiguous statement, “I am who I will be.”

Gen 4:26

26To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the Lord.

Exod 3:14

14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

Exod 6:2-3

2God also spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord.3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name ‘The Lord’ I did not make myse ... View more

Exod 3:13

The Divine Name Revealed
13But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ... View more

Exod 3:15

15God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jaco ... View more

Exod 6:3-4

3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name ‘The Lord’ I did not make myself known to them.4I also established my covenant with the ... View more

Exod 3:14

14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

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