YHWH = YHUH WRITTEN AS "JEHOVAH" BY 16TH CENTURY ENGLISH, BUT SOUNDED AS "YAHUAH"
"JEHOV" was sounded as the modern letters YAHU. The modern letter "V" is derived from "U", and the "OU" is a diphthong; the "OU transitions into the "AH": "ooo-aah".
For the 16th century English reader, the letters OUAH were understood to be the sound of "UAH" (ooo-aah), not our modern idea of "OVAH" at all.
THE NAME YAHUAH IN HEBREW USES THE LETTERS YOD-HAY-UAU-HAY - THE FIRST PART IS "YAH", A SHORT FORM OF THE NAME FOUND AT PSALM 68:4. THE MASHIACH'S NAME IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS NAME, HAVING THE FIVE LETTERS YOD-HAY-UAU-SHIN-AYIN; NOTICE THE FIRST 3 LETTERS ARE SHARED BY BOTH.
The modern letter "W" (double-U) is about 700 years old, and is a doubling of the letter "U".
To spell the Name with the English letters YAHUWAH is an unnecessary "doubling" of the third letter in red above, but it really doesn't alter the sound at all. "YAHUWAH" sounds exactly the same as "YAHUAH". Our English letters U, V, and W are all derived from the same letter, UAU in Hebrew. The "V" shape developed because this is the Latin form of the Greek "UPSILON", shaped "Y", but should be understood as being equivalent to our modern "U". The original palaeo-Hebrew form of this letter was "Y", having the sound of "U", but the look of our modern "Y". Very confusing!
These 4 Latin letters stand for 4 Hebrew letters, Yod Hay Uau Hay
This Name is used at least 6,823 times in the TaNaKh, and is the ONLY NAME used by our Creator - He established all His Covenants in this ONE NAME. Other terms people confuse to be names are really pronouns or titles.
People say the correct pronunciation of this word has been lost. Is this true?
Letter shapes changed over time, and so have their sounds.
The controversial Hebrew letter often referred to as “WAW” sounds as our modern letter “U”, and the ancient form of this letter’s appearance was retained by the Greek: Y. It is NOT our modern English letter “Y”, but rather our “U”. It became the Greek “UPSILON”, or “U”. Going into Latin, this “Y” shaped Greek letter lost the vertical stem, and was written “V”. Again, this is NOT our modern English letter “VEE”, but still the sound of our letter “U”.
This is the progression over time for the letter:
The Latin word for “sword” is: GLADIUS.
GLADIVS is the original way the word appeared in Latin letters,
but remember to retain the original sound of the Latin “V” as our modern letter “U”. Please do not impose your modern “VEE” upon this letter. Because this was done, words like “JEHOVAH” have been improperly understood today. The sound of these letters in the mind of people living over 400 years ago was more accurately “YAHOUAH”
because the “OV” our really our “OU”. The “J” was sounded as our modern letter “Y”, not “JAY” as we commonly perceive it today.
They were not pronouncing it “DJA-HO-VAH”, but “YAHUAH”.
UU = VV, W: The letter “W” (double-U) is another story, since it is a very new letter also derived from the Hebrew UAU, never having existed prior to the 13th century.
"YHWH" (modern English letters) are referred to as the "Tetragrammaton", Greek for "four-letters".
The third letter, "W" is really not an accurate rendering of the Hebrew letter UAU, even if the Jewish Encyclopedia may accept it. More research on the Semitic aleph-beth (alpha-bet) will be rewarding for those who do so, but it will not make you popular! (The truth never makes one popular with those trapped in traditions). False impressions are the norm.
The letters that make up our words are simply individual little sounds. When a word is written down, the letters store these sounds for us to recognize later so we can once again utter them. Writing itself is done with the ultimate goal of being sounded aloud, as music is written down so it may again be played aloud. Silent music is not music, and while words written down may contain ideas, if they are never uttered aloud the words have become impotent.
We have to bear in mind that not only have the shapes of letters changed over the years, but the sounds have become distorted due to misunderstandings. A perfect example of this is the way the shape "V" used to be sounded as a "U", but modern readers imposed the sound "VEE", completely altering the original intended sound.
If we know the historical development of letters, then we can more accurately recreate the sound of the word. To believe that this is not possible, one would also have to believe that the musical notation that Mozart composed could not be played! There is another commonly used Hebrew word that contains all these letters, and in the same order; find out what that word is by clicking on this line:
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