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Q: How was it possible for the Jewish Culture and Religion to lose the understanding of the pronunciation of the Name spelled in Hebrew:: Yod-He-Vau-He? Only vulgar (literal meaning) efforts are made by various Protestant sects to pronounce this Name. Is it not entirely possible that clues have been left in Torah to what the invocation of the Name involves?
A: You've asked several difficult questions. You may want to read what I have written on this subject already in the archive files. Let me just point out that God's name was something always holy, and it was not used in a secular manner. To this day, many Jews simply refer to God as HaShem lit. "the Name."
According to Jewish tradtion, God's proper name (Yahweh) was uttered only once and on Yom Kippor when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies. Once the Temple was destroyed, the pronunciation was forgotten as well. Some maintain that there are always a handful of people who know the proper pronunciation in every generation, and one who uses God's proper name is said to be able to perform miracles, Such a person mastering this ability is what is sometimes referred to as "Baal Shem Tov" lit. "master of the good name."
Does Scripture allude to the name's proper pronunciation? nobody really knows for sure.
Originally posted by kinglizard
Yahweh is derived from the Hebrew word for I Am.
The best example that I can find.
Jesus was and is God (Yahweh, I am).
Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
It is true that God refers to himself an I am many times in the bible. The Egyptians had many gods by many different names. Moses wanted to know Gods name so the Hebrew people would know who sent him to them. God called himself I Am, a name describing his eternal power and unchangeable character. Hebrews 13:8 says god is the same yesterday and today and forever because Gods nature is stable and trustworthy.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
the initial construct "Y-H-V" gives a vowel form like "Ye-Ho," as in Joshuah, written "yhv-sh-o/a"
So y-h-v-h, could be transliterated as "Yeho-ah" (no v!) This is pretty cumbersome in Hebrew, but conforms to the verb y-h-y, to be.