Yahweh’s Name: The Correct Pronunciation
Some people believe the correct pronunciation of God’s Name was lost, but that’s not so. You can check it out for yourself: Encyclopedia Judaica, vol. 7, Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem, Israel, the Macmillan Company, Jerusalem, 1972, p. 680. The debate persists because people use the Name Yahweh so infrequently today.
Many people believe that all the letters in Yahweh’s Name are consonants, but that is not the case either. In fact, each letter in His Name is a vowel-consonant or semivowel. (Weingreen, J.A. Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, Clarendon Press, 1939, pp. 6-7; Harris, R. Laird. Introductory Hebrew Grammar, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, 4th Edition, 1955, p. 16; Marks, John H. and Rogers, Virgil M. A Beginner’s Handbook to Biblical Hebrew, Abingdon, Nashville, 1958, p. 7; and Horowitz, Edward. How the Hebrew Language Grew, Jewish Education Committee Press, 1960, pp. 333f.)
The Hebrew spelling of Yahweh, yod-hey-vav-hey, appears below. Since Hebrew reads right to left, “yod” is the letter on the far right:
Most Bible scholars and Hebrew linguists believe that “Yahweh” is the correct way to pronounce God’s Name. The Y-a-h in His Name sounds like “Yah,” and the w-e-h in His Name sounds like “way.” That said, considerable debate persists about whether to enunciate the second syllable in God’s Name with a “v” sound or with a “w” sound, but compelling evidence proves that the “w” sound is correct. (Encyclopedia Judaica, The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, The Jewish Encyclopedia (Volume 12), the Encarta Encyclopedia, or Clover, R. The Sacred Name Volume I Third Edition, Qadesh La Yahweh Press, Garden Grove, California, 2002, chapter 9.)
For more information about the Name Yahweh, see below:
- Is the correct pronunciation known?
- Definitions of MARYAH and related terms
- His Name is Yahweh
- Correct Spelling and Pronunciation of Yahweh vs. Jehovah
- Yahweh is His Name
- Yahweh: the Name above all names
- Understanding Yahweh
- Behind the Name
- Is a name important?
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