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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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Answer: John

Here's how this works:

The word John appears in the Greek New Testament as Ioannes , Jehovah is a gracious giver.

Ioannes derives from the Hebrew Yawchanan (Johanan), Jehovah has graced.

Yawchanan derives Yahowchanan (Jehohanan), Jehovah has graced.

Yahowchanan derives from Yahovah (Jehova), existing one (the proper name of God), and Chanan , to be gracious.

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 folk?

What information I can provide is that four Hebrew letters (Yod, He, Waw and He) are called the "Tetragrammaton".

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 on.

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 the name.

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 insert.

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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