According to The New Strong's Complete Dictionary of Bible Words , it
was derived from the Hebrew name Yahowchanan ;
which English given name is it?
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The word John
appears in the Greek New Testament as Ioannes
, Jehovah is a gracious giver.
derives from the Hebrew Yawchanan (Johanan),
Jehovah has graced.
Yahowchanan (Jehohanan), Jehovah has
Yahowchanan derives from
Yahovah (Jehova), existing one (the proper
name of God), and Chanan , to be
Yahovah derives from the root
Hayah , to become or to exist.
Hayah derives from Hava , to be.
Source: The New Strong's Complete
Dictionary of Bible Words
I'd guess from this then that when
Moses asked God his name and He replied "I am (that I am)," He actually uttered
what we take to be his name, Yahvew, learned
What information I can
provide is that four Hebrew letters (Yod, He, Waw and He) are called the
The four characters
are the four Hebrew letters that correspond to YHWH and are transliterated IAUE
or Yahweh. Many Hebrew names contain the first part of Yahweh's name which is
Yah. This is true in the name Isa-YAH (Hebrew: YeshaYAH), which means "Yah is
Salvation". Also in Jeremi-Yah (Hebrew: YermeYAH), Obadiah, Zechariah, and so
However the Tetragrammaton is
never pronounced and the true sound of it is unknown.
The four letters are all consonants and the name of
God was never said except by the High Priest on the day of atonement. Since
there is no temple in Jerusalem and hasn't been for years, there is no High
Priest, the original pronunciation has been lost as no one has been able to say
When Jews read the name in
scripture it is pronounced Adonai (Lord) rather than Yaweh or Jehovah. Yaweh
and Jehovah are both guesses at the correct pronunciation. Since hovah means
ruin or mischief, it's unlikely that these are the correct vowel sounds to
Maybe Ya-ha-va-ha would be
better? who knows? unless the ark, order and meaning of the 12 stones of the
high priest's breastplate, and the Urim and Thummin are found... it's doubtful
any sure pronunciation will be agreed upon.
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