posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 03:09 AM
Anyone who is a monotheist who refers to "God" is by definition referring to the only god they believe in, so it's the
Judeo-Christian-Muslim-Sikh-etc. god. Other "gods" to them are either false gods that do not even exist or, in some beliefs, demons who are deceiving
In Judaism the name of God is not meant to be spoken, except in very specific situations (once a year by the High Priest of the ancient Jewish
Temple). The name is written YHWH in Hebrew, but the exact vowel pronunciation that goes with those consonants is intentionally left a mystery
(Hebrew doesn't spell out vowels in the ancient form of the writing system, and even in modern times they aren't usually used though vowel notations
do exist.) Supposedly only the High Priests knew the proper way to speak the name.
YHWH was translated eventually into English (via early German Biblical scholarship) as Jehovah: (J in German is pronounced with a "Y" sound, and W
with a "V" sound which is how things got mixed up by the time it got to English). In English it probably should be written as "YeHoWaH," which would
be one possible pronunciation, one possible arrangement of vowels with those consonants. You can play around with any vowel arrangement and it MIGHT
be the right one (nobody really knows for sure), but when people do say it these days (which if they are devout they shouldn't), the general consensus
is that it should be pronounced as "YaHWeH."
Judaism has a lot of other words used for God, and even in those cases, when they aren't even using the real name, Jews will abbreviate the title or
what have you (like "The Lord") just to be sure they aren't giving offense to God. Even the word God, when written in English by Jews is written
"G-d" just to be safe.
edit on 10/7/2011 by LifeInDeath because: (no reason given)