Tuesday, December 23, 2008

YHWH = ?

YHWH can't be directly translated as I AM. Someone told me that in Hebrew, I am is eimi. I think. Something like that anyway. It's just that there was a Hebrew tradition not to pronounce the holy name, they put a "gate" around it so that no one would inadvertently sin. How then could someone respond if asked, "Are you John, the one who these people were looking for?" They couldn't say, "Yes, I am." So what does it really translate to?
That's another reason I think it's odd that people claim Yeshua claimed to be the Almighty by saying I am when asked if he is the Messiah. He said I am. And? How does that mean anything but that he is the Son of God, the Messiah, the one who was promised? Did he say, "Yahweh"? If so, what would that have meant?

Are you the promised one?


  1. alot of people don't know this, but YHVH is not really the name of god, technically it is the first few letters of the name of the hebrew g-d that cant be name. In all actuality the "true" name of god is probably lost because it was never written down by any of the few Jewish preists that knew it...see the tradition of G-ds name was only oral and could only be spoken in the Most Holy Place in the temples and only behind the veil.

    Freemasons follow a similar tradition of whispering the "true" name of god at certain rituals and to achieve entrance into the lodge--their name for G-d? JahBulOn

    there is a word that signifies what the name of YHVH truly is, that word is TETRAGRAMMATON and it is frequently used in Luciferian rituals as a mockery of the Hebrew god. Legend has it that TETRAGRAMMATON is merely a representation of an unspoken name that contains every letter in the hebrew alphabet, my understanding is that the True Name is a minimum of 24 characters long.

  2. Saying that YHVH merely represents the True Name that contains every letter in the Hebrew alphabet is believable because of the wealth of symbolism in the Hebrew characters. True or not, it's a cool idea.

    The name being "lost" is highly unlikely BUT if so, that's not so bad. Keeps people from blaspheming it, we've certainly sullied every other holy thing and name we can find.

  3. The Tetragrammaton is indeed the four letters YHWH. Jews were/are very serious about mispronouncing the name of God (taking the Lord's name in vain) so they added the vowel points used for Addonai. This spelling caused many people to misinterpret the name as Jehovah rather than Yahweh.

    Hebrew is a very old language with an enormous vocabulary and many names for God. YHWH is considered the primary and holiest name of God. While Yahweh is the best scholars have for us at present the actual vowel points are lost in history and may be different. Since Hebrew is an oral language of consonants, vowels were always added contextually. Vowels were added to the written text much later in history.

    "I am" is an acceptable translation of the letters but it is never used in exactly that way by Hebrews. The significance of this translation is that Yahweh is the true God that actually exists rather than an idol.

    John 18:6 is an interesting passage. "When Jesus said, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground."

    The Greek text merely says, "I am" and the English supplies the pronoun 'he.' It is the soldiers that 'draw back' and fall to the ground. One view is that when Jesus answers, He speaks the name of His Father and momentarily reveals His glory which blinds/terrifies the soldiers. Rather than escaping, Jesus waits patiently for them to gather their wits so they can arrest him and send him to the cross.