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It is still considered blasphemous to utter the name of G-d. I have never heard of the pronunciation being lost. It indeed comes from "to be", which is now so holy that in Hebrew this verb is never used. You say "Miriam beautiful", not "Miriam *is* beautiful".
-- Miss Claire  4/1/2005
It was or maybe it is still considered bad in certain places to say or use God's name so YHWH as used, but if Jesus, his diciples and others mentioned in the bible used it, it wouldn't make sense why God wouldn't allow us to use it. It's even in the bible at Psalms 83:18 and at many other scriptures.
-- Anonymous User  7/31/2005
Jews don't pronounce the name of God, Christians do, Muslims always add a "comment" of respect. It's about different religions, not about right or wrong.
-- Caprice  8/27/2005
If I'm not mistaken, I remember once reading somewhere that only on one day of the year, in one specific mountain in Israel, in one specific synagog, by the most holy rabbi, can this name ever be spoken. Unfortunately, I was a bit distracted at the time and don't remember where, when, or who. Sorry. :%
-- echo_of_the_past  9/27/2005
If using the name of God is entirely inappropriate, why does it appear almost 7,000 times in the original Hebrew text? Remember, it was the Pharisees, the preservers of orthodox Jewish tradition, who rejected Jesus and were told by him: "You have made the word of God invalid because of your tradition."-(Matthew 15:6). Missionary Paul: "EVERYONE who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved."-(Romans 10:13). "Let them praise the name of Jehovah, For his name alone is unreachably high. His dignity is above earth and heaven"-(Psalm 148:13). God to Moses: "'Jehovah...' This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation."—(Exodus 3:15). Jesus highlighted the importance of God's name to Christians. After saying to his Father: "I have made your name known to them and will make it known," he goes on to explain, "in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them."-(John 17:26). In an article in the Anglican Theological Review (October 1959), Dr. Walter Lowrie highlighted the need to know God's name. He wrote: "In human relationships it is highly important to know the proper name, the personal name, of one we love, to whom we are speaking, or even about whom we speak. Precisely so it is in man's relation to God. A man who does not know God by name does not really know him as a person, has no speaking acquaintance with him (which is what is meant by prayer), and he cannot love him, if he knows him only as an impersonal force." I could go on for ever. Hallelujah! Amen.
-- Agny  10/17/2005
I think some people on this comment page need to understand that there are different religious opinions in this world, and that they should be respected for their historical and societal aspect. The name of "Yahweh" would fall under that manner of respect. No doubt religious debate will go on for centuries - but if we face it with an open mind and respect, we will find truth.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2005
Amen to that. Let people keep their belief.
-- Caprice  3/28/2006
It's pronounced "YAH-veh" not "YAH-weh." Waw in my opinion should be called vav since there's no "w" sound in Hebrew. Some people refer to it as such since that's how it's pronounced.
-- arrowhead909  4/30/2006
As in any language, there have been changes in the pronunciation of Hebrew. Modern Hebrew doesn't have the w sound, but Ancient Hebrew is believed to have had it. See "Reconstructing the Pronunciation of Biblical Hebrew, A simplified Guide to the Main Points" by David Steinberg
(http://www.houseofdavid.ca/anc_heb.htm).
-- Kosta  6/1/2006
The Jews (and hopefully Christians) consider/ed God too holy to look upon, speak His name, ect. Isaiah says, "Woe is me, for I am a person with unclean lips and live with people that have unclean lips, and I have seen the LORD." The Jews came up with a substitute for "Y----h" (I will speak the name if I think it beneficial, but prefer to respect our Lord). They came up with "Jehovah", or "LORD", which is different from "Lord". You will see it all through both Testaments. God is refered to as "Lord", then as "LORD" for some extra-special or important verse/passage. "LORD" (all capitalized) meant "Y----h", just as Jehovah does.
-- Adr90  5/10/2006
It is very uncommon, so if you want your child's name to be unique then go for it! If you don't want to have them made fun of in school then stick with Joshua! But otherwise I really, really, really do not like it! Sorry it's just my opinion.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2006
This name should NOT be used for a person!
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2006
No one will name their children Yahweh (I hope.)
-- Anonymous User  8/1/2006
Anyone who used this name for a child would have God to answer to.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2006
No one uses Yahweh as a name, just as children aren't named God or Allah. This is a site about the history of names, not about appropriate names to give a child.
-- Caprice  11/7/2006
I would not name my child this - not because of its meaning, because I'm not religious in that context, I would not name my child this because I don't like it. If I liked this name, I would consider naming my child this. I don't think that it meaning God or whatever should stop people from using it. :)
-- Surreal  12/31/2006
The first time we know of that YHWH is used in the Old Testament in dialogue is when God Himself gives the name to Moses to use as a response to the question, "Who sent you?". Before that point, there is only one other shred of evidence that God's name (for Himself, BTW) was known at one time (see the name Jochebed). YHWH had "translations" in other languages. In Caanan, He was El Elyon (God Most High; distinctly different from Ba'al or Molech) and Elohim (a plural form of "god," used as a singular name; evidence of the fact that the Caananites were aware of God's triune nature). In China, His name was Shang Ti. In Korea, Hananim. In the Congo it is Koro. In Bangladesh it is Y'wa. In the ancient Incan culture it was Viracochi. But in only one language, Hebrew, a marriage of Chaldean and ancient Phonecian, did God reveal the name by which He calls Himself. That is why YHWH is so holy, and why the original pronunciation has been intentionally forgotten. If God had done the same thing in another language--say, Spanish--then that term, too, would probably fall out of use (it would be considered blasphemy to say, "Yo soy").
-- Atarah Derek  10/24/2007
I would NOT name ANYTHING this name, I personally would not name anything after GOD, but if you're going to call someone this then at least take into consideration the tradition, just as was mentioned by others here, use Jehovah NOT YHWH because that's (essentially) the Christian version, and they're the ones who seem to be comfortable throwing it around so much. I say this as a Christian who took modern and biblical Hebrew classes from a Jew from Israel and a published Judaic scholar, respectively.
-- adruery  1/1/2008
Orthodox Jews do speak the name(s) of G-d in prayer and formal readings of the Torah, as well as when reciting blessings and during other serious occasions. The names are simply not for everyday use and so most of the time we say Hashem (literally "The name" from the Hebrew word shem, a name). We also cannot write any name of G-d (again, we write Hashem, which is abbreviated as the Hebrew letter hay with an apostrophe) except on a Torah or in a prayer-book or something of that nature. Any piece of paper with a name of G-d on it cannot be thrown out or destroyed, it must be buried in a place called "shemos" and allowed disintegrate on its own. I have never heard that the pronunciation for this being lost. When it appears we substitute a different name of G-d, Ado.
Anyhow, no Orthodox Jew would ever give this name to their child. The child would be forbidden to say his/her name, couldn't write his/her name on a test paper.
-- Luanna  3/5/2008
Wasn't there a song by U2 called "Yahweh"? Yeah, there was. Man I didn't know this was a name, nor anything really.
-- Carriebear_Nocare  3/11/2008
I speak Hebrew and it is NOT "Yod Heh Waw Heh" it's "Yod Heh Vav Heh".
-- talrosie  3/23/2008
Anyone naming their son this will invoke the wrath of God.
-- bananarama  9/9/2008
The pronunciation today is probably much different than it was way back then, but the translation today is Jehovah. YHWH is in the front of The New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures, published by Jehovah's Witnesses, and it is one of the most acurate bibles in print today.
-- Anonymous User  9/18/2008
"To be" is the infinitive form of "I am". Christians are taught that Yahweh translates to "I am".
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2008
I like YHWH but I would not name my kid it.
-- coolcatevan9  11/24/2009
So wonderful- say it aloud!
-- lucyskydiamonds  2/7/2010
I once saw an America birth announcement, and the child's middle name was O'YHWH, presumably meant to mean "descendant of God", if you speak fake-Irish-Hebrew. I'm not religious, but made my blood boil to see the Tetragrammaton used as a child's name. It seems deeply disrespectful and ignorant to use what Jews and Judaists revere as the sacred name of God as a person's name. It's seen as so holy that it is not said or written. It's why you'll see Jews write G-d and L-rd in English, to avoid defacing the name.
-- Ailis  2/19/2010
I do not like this name (it's too breathy--I like names with hard consonants), though I certainly have no problem with anyone who chooses to give it to his or her child. I feel that the insistence that because it is the name of a god in a certain mythology it should not be used is ridiculous. We don't hesitate to use the names of Greek and Roman god--why does the Jewish and/or Christian god deserve more "respect" from our society? There are still Pagans just as there are Jews and Christians. Besides, it is only a name.
-- TheAntiBella  5/14/2010
You can't name someone after a God, because there is no God and has never been so get over it.

And Yahweh is a ugly name anyway.
-- Anonymous User  8/1/2010
You are so right! And besides the point, this is an UGLY name.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2010
Whenever I've heard anyone at my church read this name out of the Bible they've pronounced it YAH-way. [noted -ed]
-- Liesl  1/28/2011
Jahve is Jewish God whose name is forbidden to speak, whereas Jehova is god of sect called Jehovah's Witnesses.
-- Lostris  2/3/2012
Hopefully the following will provide some additional clarity to the heavenly name "Yahweh" and it's importance for all of us who love the truth of the scriptures. We often find within our religious communities, whether it is Christian or Jewish, that when they come upon clear irrefutable evidence that does not fit the excepted paradigm of the religious hierarchy in question, that this evidence is usually rejected as part of any discussion.

More often than not, newly discovered information that brings into question the validity of concepts previously held as absolutisms by the prevailing hierarchical group are vehemently rejected. Followers are in many cases instructed that this new knowledge will not be taught. Those who stand up and point out the fallacies of the old teaching are treated as a threat to the established norm, wherein they are often ostracized and portrayed as traitors to their faith. When in fact, their motivation is simply their love and desire for a more perfect understanding of the real truth. This in most cases is what motivates many sincere brethren to question the absolutism of many prevailing hierarchical views.

Such is the case, both among many of our Christian and Jewish brethren alike, as it pertains to the correctness in openly using the name "Yahweh". It is unmistakably clear throughout the scriptures that Yahweh's name was not to be altered, or changed, in any way, shape or form by anyone, no matter how intellectually astute or academically trained they represent themselves to be. No one can scripturally support the suppression or substitution of the original true name of the Heavenly Father Yahweh. A little research of O.T. scripture, will clearly point this out. Yahweh, Elohim, had Jeremiah the Prophet, write about efforts to cause his people to forget his name and replace it with Baal, (Lord) viewed as an abomination by Yahweh. Which is exactly what has been done as prophesied and accepted by the world as acceptable in spite of scripture to the contrary.

Jeremiah 23:25 -28
25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for "Baal".

Research will confirm that BAAL, the Canaanitish, idol pointed out by Jeremiah, whom Yahweh, had him prophesy that the assembly of Israel would forsake him for, is in Hebrew, called ADONAI. This idolatrous name is commonly used in both Jewish and Christian teaching as a substitute for Yahweh, to this very day. The English equivalent of Baal is "LORD". Jeremiah's prophesy that Yahweh's name would be forsaken, is absolutely true! Yahweh allowed this to be done for our collective admonition today, so that we would have faith that his testimony is true. He gave the books of the O.T. to us for use as school master as the Apostle Paul pointed out to the spiritual assembly at Galatia, (Gal. 3:24-25) so that we are without an excuse.

To mankind, identity theft is considered a heinous crime. If it is a crime to us and we are created in Yahweh's image and likeness, how much more is it an abomination and an insult to him? Substituting Yahweh's name with those of demonic idols such as Baal, under the pretext of translation is identity theft of the lowest kind and an insult to his great name.

The name Baal, is proven to be one of the many personifications of the first true God King called Nimrod, the original Babylonian Bel; who was worshipped as a god under many different names by other nations. In Egyptian mythology, Nimrod is called Osiris, in Rome he is called Saturn, in Greece, he is called Cronus, etc. Come out of Mystery Babylon my Jewish and Christian brothers, trust in the name of Yahweh, as the scriptures teach. Noted historians such as Alexander Hislop, author of Two Babylon's, Ralph Woodrow, author of Babylon Mystery Religion and other prominent researchers have pointed these facts out. My own research has also confirmed this simple fact.

The name; Yahweh, is holy, it is above all names, many define his name as "he who causes to exist". In Hebrew his name means "ayah asher ayah, " properly transliterated as, "I will be what I will to be"! He is the all in all, the infinite and immaculate, source, substance, limits in bounds of all thing, In-whom we all live move and have our being withIn the physical realm of creation.

Substitutions for the name Yahweh, such as the name Jehovah, is considered a gross misrepresentation that came about late in the 12th century by adding the vowel points of the Adonai, the Hebrew equivalent name for the idol Baal, which to this very day most Jewish people are still taught to use as the proper substitution in place of the written form of the name Yahweh referred to as the Tetragrammaton, (YHWH). The insertion of the vowel points of Adonai to the tetragrammaton changed the original pronunciation "Yahweh" to the false pronunciation referred to as "Yehowah". This name eventually became Jehovah sometime during the 17th century after the full establishment in English language of the letter "J", following it's differentiation from the Latin letter "I".

The true and correct pronunciation of the name Yahweh, is derived by adding the only vowel in the name Adam, which the letter "A" to the masculine portion of the Tetragrammaton and adding the only vowel in the name Eve, which is the letter "E" to the feminine portion. Yahweh is a plural name "Yah" is masculine portion of the name, "Weh" is the feminine portion. Adam and Eve, are the natural father and mother of all humanity, Yahweh is the father and mother of all creation.

A philosophers once wrote:
Life is lived forward, but understood backward.
Without understanding the mistakes of the past we are doomed to a flawed future in which the mistakes of the past may be repeated.

I hope this helps to stimulate further intelligent discussion. Best wishes to all. Great website!
-- carterel2010  2/1/2013
I'm surprised this is even listed here. Perhaps to understand the meaning of the name of the Hebrew god, but would anyone seriously use this as a name for their child?

Never seen so much controversial arguments in the comments section of this website. Calm down, people.
-- Tiger Lilly  6/17/2013
In the Bible, this name is first seen when Moses is at the burning bush. (Exodus 3:13-14 Paraphrased) Moses says, "What will I tell the Hebrew people? Who shall I say you are?" God replies, " I AM WHO I AM." (This is basically the English translation of YHWH.) So Moses tells the Israelites that "I AM has sent me," or in Hebrew, "YHWH" has sent him.
Usually in the Bible YHWH is shortened to Yah (thus "Hallelu Yah" or "Hallelujah" - praise YHWH) or Adonai, which is YHWH with vowels only.
-- Skygray15  11/17/2013

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