It was coined in the 16th century
when the consonants Y, H, and W were mistakenly mixed with the vowels of the
word Adonai; what proper noun is
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The name of the Jewish god is Yahweh,
which was represented by the four letters YHWH. Because of its sanctity, Jews
avoided uttering it when reading scriptures by substituting the word Adonai,
the Hebrew word for Lord.
Ironically, your answer contains a mistake similar
to your question. Although the term Jehovah does indeed come from the
mis-application of the vowels of Adonai in Hebrew, it is not accurate to say
that the Jewish name for God is Yahweh. Yahweh is yet another vocalization of
the mysterious vowels of God's name. Since God's name was pronounced aloud only
by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies of the Temple on Yom Kippur, and since
the Temple was destroyed almost 2 millenia ago, we don't actually KNOW what
God's name is (in the sense of how to pronounce Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei). So Yahweh is
as defective as Jehovah (at least in terms of pronouncing the name of "our"
God). Fortunately, according to all our religious sensibilities, God is without
flaw - no matter what God's name is or isn't. Thanks for your great game.
Jack Chomsky GellChom_aol.com)
question I've always asked is: why did they choose those particular four
letters (yud, hay, vuv, hay)? For one possible answer look here:
http://pages.cthome.net/hirsch/tetra.htm [and for a] feminist version:
about this is endless. The best rabbis tell me: we just don't know why it is
Barry Shell shell_sfu.ca)
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