Hebrew Roots research by Lew White
The Truth on the Authentic Name of the Creator seen expressed as YHWH
The four letters YOD-HAY-UAU-HAY are vowels. Yusef ben MattithYahu (aka Flavius Josephus) claims to have seen the headpiece worn by the Kohen ha'Gadol, and states the Name was written in four Hebrew vowels.
If one can say "Yahudah," YOD-HAY-UAU-DALETH-HAY, simply remove the D sound, and go with it. The prime minister NATHAN YAHU shares the three letters YOD-HAY-UAU (note there's no letter "double-U, W, in Hebrew), as does the prophet called "Isaiah", YASHA YAHU. The letters YAHU are the first 3 letters in "YAHUSHA" as well, YOD-HAY-UAU-SHIN-AYIN.
The Masoretes (masorah means tradition) worked for 500 years (600's through 1100's) to "bend" or "fix" the pronunciation of the language, inventing niqqud vowels to misdirect the utterance of words, primarily to distort the correct utterance of the Name, YAHUAH (ya-HOO-ah). Clement of Alexandria, a headmaster of the Catechetical School at Alexandria - the Didascalia, transliterated the Name Yahuah in the Greek letters as IAOUE, all vowels also. The shape we now see as "V" was the Latin sound we hear as "U", and they inherited the sound and V shape from the Greek UPSILON, which looked like this: Y. The shape Y in ancient Hebrew is the sixth letter of the Hebrew letters, not "waw", but UAU. The Greeks inherited their Upsilon form Hebrew. When the letter Upsilon (Y) went into Latin, the lower stem was dropped, an it was simply shaped V - and used in Latin words like GLADIVS - the V sounding like our letter U.
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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?
shapes changed over time, and so have their sounds. The letters U, V, and W
are next to one another for a reason: they all spring from the same letter, U,
and became other sounds later.
The letters U, V, and W are next to one another for a reason: they all spring from the same letter, U, and became other sounds later.
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 we use today for U:
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, although 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 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.
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.
The letter "W" (VV) came into existence in the 13th century, and by the 16th century began to catch on.
Technically, the English letter "W" is a doubling of the letter "U". The Hebrew letter UAU (shaped Y) became the Greek UPSILON (also shaped Y), then lost the lower stem going into Latin, to become the shape we see as "V", but still only a "U". (Examples are GLADIVS, CALIBVR). The modern letters U,V,& W are all derived from the Hebrew letter UAU, so while the spelling YAHUWAH is fine as a transliteration, it is unnecessary to repeat the letter "U". For consistency, it would demand that we spell other words with the same approach, such as YAHUWDAH instead of YAHUDAH. This is only to point it out because if Yahusha tarries there will be people confused about this for many years to come. The Greek apostate Clement of Alexandria transliterated the Name IAOUE (YAHUAH).
The letter "W" didn't yet exist in his day, but the "U" did. He only lacked the letter YOD.
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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