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The Pronunciation of the name יהוה (YHWH)

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Published on Apr 9, 2012

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Examining the rules of pronunciation and grammar as it applies to the name יהוה.

Addendum #1: Another passage that is frequently used in the discussion of the name YHWH is "call upon his name" as can be seen in Psalm 105:1. The Hebrew word translated as "call" is קרא (QRA), which can mean "call," but is the same word meaning "meet." And as discussed in the video, the word "name" can mean "character," so the phrase "call upon his name," can also mean "meet with his character." Also note that the phrase following this in Psalm 105:1 is "make known his deeds among the people." This is a parallel (a common form of Hebrew poetry found throughout Psalms) with "meet with his character," much more so than "call upon his name."

Addendum #2: DasWORTanDICH called me on my claim that the character of YHWH can be summed up with the word "unity" (Good job DasWORTanDICH) In Zech 14:9, the end of the verse literally reads "and his name/character is one." The Hebrew for "one" more literally means "unit" or "unity." Throughout the Bible we see God working in unity with himself, even when his actions are in opposition to each other. For instance, in Genesis 1 we see God "creating," but in Genesis 6 we see God "destroying." Two opposites, but working together in unity to bring about order. In the desert God is seen as a cloud by day (bringing coolness and shade), but at night a cloud by fire (bringing heat and light). These two manifestations are in opposition to each other, but work together to protect the people.

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Jay Bartgis
My WiFi Strength in Hebrew: יון
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MidEast American
This is the first time I've seen a video done by a believer in Jesus/Yeshua which is so right on. Even following known rules of Hebrew grammar and pronunciation, there are several logically plausable pronunciations, though some are more likely than others. Don't recall if you specificed this, but the letter Waw can be pronounced both as a consonant and as a vowel at the same time, which only increases the possibilities. ...and am pretty sure you didn't mention mapiq, cases in which the letter Heh is pronounced as a consonant and is also the last letter in a syllable, something that never happens in English. Regardless, was delighted to find such an accurate video for once, and especially the part about the importance of His Name being more one of the importance of the One 'behind' the Name, and not any specific pronuncation, though it'd be great if we knew exactly what that was... but again, that's not the critical issue. Great job!
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YahwehYahshua
Excellent perspective!!  Hallelu"YAH"!! Because we that love YHWH, know that YAH----IS-----THE------WAY.........YAH-WEH....
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galia kuchinski
We ( in Israel ) say ye-ho-va 
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Adiemus
Just tell me, is it pronounced Yahweh?
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BP MANN
I have a question....i have heard and studied that there is no letter E in ancient hebrew so wouldn't ehyeh asher ehyeh, instead be ahyah ashar ahyah. .. by the way I really enjoy your videos!
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hotzpacho
the biggest problem in all of life is understanding exactly who god is; more precisely, the character of god. Is he wrathful or loving? Is he angry or happy? Is he vengeful or forgiving? Is he punishing or healing? Is he a receiver or a giver? Understanding the nature of god is the seed to understanding all of life, yourself, others, the universe, the future, the present, the past, everything. Excellent presentation!!
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Julie-Anne Michael
Excellent! Thank you so much.
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Tony Maynard
Ecumenical unity is and abomination. Why is it that the approved name of the Papacy is used along with many other pagan words like God and Lord plus others which take away the key to knowledge the name. It was Yahuwshuwa that said this to the religious teachers of his time and he taught his followers the name. Hiding the pronunciation of the name as unutterable brings his name to naught or ruin by never saying it. This is in direct opposition to what Torah teaches and is a tradition of the religious leaders as it was in Yahuwshuwa's time. They stoned Stephenos for speaking the name in public and they had the Yahuwshuwa ha'Mashiach executed for the same reason. Shalom.
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