Thoughts On The Lemnos Stele
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Sat Mar 3 08:47:38 UTC 2001
Dear Anton and IEists:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anton Sherwood" <bronto at pobox.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 7:11 PM
> Ernest Moyer wrote
>>> I find Y'hawa in the Hebrew Pi'el verb table under Hawa = Form or
>>> Mold. Literally, Y'hawa = "He shall Mold." Future tense. Some
>>> people believe this is the origin of the Hebrew name for God.
> and Pat Ryan responded in part
>> Then they are rather misguided. The name, avocalicly, is y-h-w-h
>> NOT y-h-w. We do not just drop 'atches' to suit a hypothesis.
> So you reject the obvious assumption that the final `h' is
> merely a mater lectionis? No comment on the other objections.
No, I am not. I was objecting to dropping it in that particular context.
Actually, I am rather inclined to view the final -h in the short form of the
name (yh-) as a mater lectionis for a long /a:/.
Frankly, it looks to me as if the Hebrews brought Ea/Ia with them from Akkad.
After, al la egyptienne, they started playing with the name to find greater
truths, it got expanded to y-h-w-h, which might have been actually pronounced
/ja:wa:/ but looked like a Hiph'il of h-w-h, thus making a bogus theological
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