Is the Name of Elohim lost to antiquity only to be speculated among men? A discourse – part I.

Ancient Hebrews in Biblical Hebrew language referred to “God” as “Elohim”, which is a plural noun. The singular for “Elohim” is “Eloah”. The often encountered term “El” in the Bible is a contraction for “Elohim”. The term “Elohim” or “God” denotes a supreme divine being or in some cases rulers or judges who represent Elohim in their capacity of carrying out the mandate of Elohim. As such, the term “Elohim” or “God” is not a personal name of Elohim but merely a designation that denotes the position of the One with Power.

In fact Elohim did reveal His Name to us in the Old Testament. In the Masoretic texts Elohim’s Name in Hebrew script is written  in four Hebrew consonants (tetragrammaton):  יהוה  (Hebrew is written from right to left, transliterated to English Yod-Hey-Waw-Hey). Ancient Hebrew was written in abjad system in which the alphabets were all consonants and there was no alphabet or marking to represent vowels.  Therefore, it was up to the readers to mentally supply the appropriate vowels as they read the text. Later, when the Jewish scribes invented the diacritic pointing system to represent the vowels they followed the tradition of not vocalizing the Name of Elohim and therefore they substituted the vowels for “Adonai” into the four-letter consonants that represented the Name of Elohim.

When transliterated into Roman alphabet the tetragrammaton is transcribed as YHWH. However, modern Hebrew speakers vocalize the Waw consonant as Vav with a fricative V sound. Therefore, the tetragrammaton sometime also is transcribed as YHVH.  Here in my discourse I will use Waw instead of Vav for the tetragrammaton.

The question now is: how do we pronounce the tetragrammaton to correctly call upon the Name of the Judeo-Christian Elohim?

As we have seen, some Bible publications use “Jehovah” and some use “Yahweh” while majority of them simply use the word “LORD” in place of Elohim’s Name. Is there a way to determine whose rationale is correct and whose could be ruled out as error?

Fortunately there is. This is because of the way ancient Hebrew culture came about to naming a child and the way the grammar system worked in Biblical Hebrew. Any theory that defies the tradition of ancient Hebrew culture and Biblical Hebrew’s grammatical structure can therefore be confidently ruled out and dismissed as error. What’s left would be those that conform to the cultural practice and adhere to the rule of grammar. These can eventually be narrowed down to just a few choices that leads to either one or the other.

In this article I will discuss my finding of fact to determine the proper pronunciation of the Name of Elohim given by the  tetragrammaton as contained in the Hebrew Bible. I will make my analysis based on the ancient Hebrew culture of naming a person and to reach into the Biblical Hebrew grammar to weed out false interpretation or false rationale and at the same time to find the most possible correct way of vocalizing and pronouncing the Name of Elohim.

Stay tuned for more on this topic.

[updated 10/17/2013: the singular for Elohim is “eloah“and not “Eloha” as the vowel point under the letter hey (h) is a furtive patachh and not a regular patachh. Error regreted.]

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Hello world!

Welcome to this blog which is all about the Bible and Elohim and everything in between including my Family stuffs. Yes, Elohim is my Heavenly Father. So, I am a member of His Family besides my earthly family that I also love.

I’m also inclined to search for answer into the Bible and ancient Chinese root to find out whether YHWH Elohim had any indication about us, the Chinese race; and our origin in the Genesis post-flood era.

There is no set schedule or timeline to which I follow or bind to. I pray to Elohim first and foremost for guidance through His Holy Spirit before I write and post my articles. That’s why there are long gaps between some of the articles on my blog site.

This is an update to my previous Hello page. It was about me and the history of my last name or surname. I find it a prideful distraction to my purpose of this blog, which is to dedicate this blog site solely to the Glory and Praise of YHWH Elohim and His Only Begotten Son, Yehoshua, also better known as Jesus Christ in many parts of the world.

If you are one who subscribes to the worldview of atheism, agnosticism or call yourself a freethinker and would like to challenge my faith in Elohim and His Son, you are welcome to do so in a respectful manner on the comment section. In the power of the Holy Spirit, I would be glad to show you how your perspective is sorely misguided.

If you are an open-minded secular person who is open to any reasonable exchange of thoughts, I would like to invite you to the Salvation for your soul that you may not know is in peril. This Salvation is a free gift from Elohim through His Only Begotten Son, Yehoshua, also better known as Jesus Christ in most part of the world. You may not realize how condemned you are until you truly humble yourself like a child and God will open your eyes and soften your heart to the truth of your peril and guide you like a loving parent would do until you blossom into a mature child of Elohim for His Glory.

If you are a brother in Christ, I welcome you to the fellowship together in Christ, for the edification, teaching, learning, interpreting and for rightly dividing the Words of Truth.

May Elohim bless you and keep you!

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

In Christ,

Shan Lim