Hebrew Voices #81 – The Origins of Yahweh

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Origins of Yahweh, Nehemia Gordon talks about what the Samaritans call God, how they understand His name, and what the pronunciation “Yahweh” may truly mean. This episode is available as a video as well as a podcast.

Lowel wrote: “This is an excellent teaching. To understand any idea or concept it is always best to go back to the furthest root, and this is what Nehemia has done so meticulously. Being familiar with the academic world, I know that just because “Super Academics” or everybody says something, that does not make it right... Keep up the good work!”

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Sources Mentioned
Ex 13:14-15
2 Kings 17:24-26
1 Kings 11:26-40
2 Kings 17:28-30
The Antiquities of the Jews 12.261
John 17:6
John 17:26
Psalm 44:21[20]
Lamentations 5:21

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Genenius's Hebrew And Chaldee Lexicon To The Old Testament Scriptures

14 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #81 – The Origins of Yahweh

  1. Thank you so much!
    I am wondering if there is a Hebrew version of Revelation. I looked up the verse you referenced, I believe it is Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Wow.

  2. That’s an amazing and very revealing teaching. In English. I initially read the Bible in Spanish. From the Reina-Valera version in 1602 with multiple revisions up to the 1960 version, whenever the YHVH appears, it’s written as Jehova, with a typical Spanish “soft J” pronunciation. The Spanish editors interpret the name as “He that causes to be” in various tenses. Perhaps Spanish jewery has had a much stronger influence in its rendition.

  3. It is very interesting that the Samaritans worshiped the God of No Name. This makes the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 more clear. In John 4: 20 she said “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” In His response, Jesus said in John 4: 22, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” On the surface this sounds like a condescending and rude response. However, it does not look that way when we realize that the Samaritans worship the God of No Name. The Samaritan woman would probably not have been offended when Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know.” She probably would have agreed.

  4. In the Old Testament it is always Yah. So if it isn’t Yaweh, strangely, why not Yahova claiming Yah to be restored in the pronounciation. Also pronouncing Yah is more like the sound of the wind and water. Which ialways has stand to be part of the Holy Character of God. I don’t know anything about (strong) concordance etc but if Hovah stands for something that isn’ t inspiring any goodness I feel that the “new” discovered name is like ying and yang, including bad in God. And God absolutely has NO darkness. So may the Peace of YAH keep us all who have faith, His Holy Spirit guide us to His Truth in Jesus Name. We will know instantly if we are called. Amen Aleluyah

  5. I have not had a chance to really study the word
    “Yaweh”, but the little bit I did discover left no doubt that Yahweh is an incorrect pronunciation of God’s name. I did come to see that it was the name of a pagan diety. Mr Gordon has done us true believers a great service by investigating the source of the word Yaweh and revealing the truth of the word. This should leave no doubt as to the correct pronunciation of God’s true name, Yehovah. Even in the KJV, it is obvious that “Yaweh” is not how you pronounce His name.
    The fact that this travesty stems from one person’s erroneous conclusion is no suprise. We see the same thing with the word “Abba” Millions and millions of Evangelicals believe that Abba means “daddy” because all of the Pharisees in the pulpit teach this. Where did this lie come from?
    A German named Joachim Jeremias, a Luthren Scholar, wrote in 1971 that “abba” was the chatter, babbling of a small child, trying to say “Daddy”. Even though his theory was thourghly debunked by all of the scholars and linguists of his day ( And he even recanted) it was so sappy that it quickly caught on, became popular and from then on all of the preachers taught/teach that abba means ” daddy”. While “abba” does mean daddy today, in the first century it did not.
    The same with people being told that God’s love is ” unconditional”. You wont find in any dictionary, lexicon or any word study book that agape means “unconditional love.”
    But because an stauch atheist psychologist, Erich Fromm coined the phrase in his book, The Art of Loving, published 1956, it soon caught on with the world of psychology. From there it caught on with the hippies. And then, the ” preachers” involved with the Jesus Movement figured out that the best way to get the hippies into the church buildings was to merely say that God’s love was unconditional, and, ta da, all of the Evangelicals today all believe and teach something created by an atheist.
    Sorry, didnt mean to get on my soap box. If you want to learn more truth, dont hesitate to obtain Mr Gordons material. His work will really help you understand the correct meaning of the New Testament.

  6. Shalom Nehemiah, I live in Nottinghamshire England the name of our Church is called The Congregation of Yahweh, I have tried to tell them the True Name but they won’t listen which is frustrating, Yehovah’s Blessings.

  7. 20 years ago, I began learning Hebrew from “Biblical Hebrew Tutor CD-ROM Interactive Software Windows Parsons Technology.” The Name is shown on the screen with the same vowel points that Nehemiah has found in the manuscripts that he has studied and shown us. I sounded out the Name and said aloud “YeHoVaH,” but when I clicked on the word, the program’s voice said “Adonai.” At first I thought my CD-ROM disc had an error. That was when I first investigated and found that Jewish students are taught to say “Adonai” instead of actually saying the Name. MY POINT IS THAT THE VOWEL POINTS ARE NOT HIDDEN ON THIS CD ROM.

  8. Shalom Nehemiah, If Gods name is not YHWH or Yawheh then how DO you spell his real name? I can sound it out yah hoe vah But how am I supposed to spell it. Thank You

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