Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Yahweh...


A name of the Hebrew God.  In the oldest biblical literature (12th–11th centuries BC), Yahweh is a typical ancient Near Eastern "divine warrior" who leads the heavenly army against Israel's enemies; he and Israel are bound by a covenant under which Yahweh will protect Israel and, in turn, Israel will not worship other gods.

By early post-biblical times, the name of Yahweh had virtually ceased to be pronounced. In modern Judaism, it is replaced in reading with the word Adonai, meaning Lord, and is understood to be God's proper name and to denote his mercy.  Many Christian Bibles follow the Jewish custom and replace it with "the LORD".  Yahweh is not found in the King James Bible.

The KJV uses "LORD" to translate the divine name in most instances. The KJV translators used the name "Jehovah" whenever the name Yahweh was found under one of the following three conditions:

1. When YHWH is used as God’s personal name.

2. When God’s name is repeated as "Jah Jehovah."

3. When God’s personal name is part of a place name.

'Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.'  Isaiah 12:2

until next time...nel

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