What’s Your Question on the Name of God?

If you explored these studies, and still have a question on the Name of God. Write your question in the comment section below, and it may be answered in Nehemia Gordon's upcoming series on the Name of Yehovah!

 

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69 thoughts on “What’s Your Question on the Name of God?

  1. Is there a chronological reference to God’s name revealed throughout the ages within the Bible or elsewhere. Like, who was the first to hear God’s name? Adam, Eve? Who is the last recorded? Just really curious. Ooh, and is there any recorded reference to God revealing his name to people in their own language?

  2. HI Nehemia,
    I just sent my question in an email through your “Contact” link, because my post was long and included a personal testimony.
    I got the dates of July 28th and 29th backward: I think it was the 28th that you posted this invitation video and the 29th that I prayed for a chance to ask you questions…meaning Abba answered, even before I prayed~!! 🙂
    (Is that in Isaiah 55?)
    I hope you get to read my email. Thanks!!
    Jen

    • both of the replies you received were mistakenly in error.
      Or I am also in error. In Exodus 20:2 Aleph Pey Kaph Yod was translated as “I am” The “I am” your asking about is Aleph Hey Yod Hey Exodus 3:14 notice the PEY means WORD then KAPH as helping hand from & for the father. then Yod Hey Vav Hey was correctly translated Yehovah which is usually LORD mistranslated in English. Then Aleph Lamed Hey Yod Kaph Again Kaph is like planting reaping. Where as your question seems to be referring to Elohim which is mistranslated in English as God this word is only used once in the bible Isa.65:13 in
      reference to the Babylonian god of fortune. The last letter
      in Elohim is Mem. However there are no letters in Hebrew
      these are called seeds. According to Ps.110: He will be Yehovah also quoted in Matt.22:40-46 by jesus quoting
      King David. Notice David also called Yehovah (Baal means LORD)
      On Isa.41:13 notice strength to right hand or arm Yod
      is the strong right arm of Yehohvah. Aleph Pey Yod. Is “I”
      Note different spellings again not Aleph Hey Yod Hey

      And you thought you were confused. Hope this helps.
      When confused keep reading & pray on the Sabbath.

      • none before vowels were added. however Nehemia knows of the translation written in three languages in one language showing the sounds of the three pronunciations of those languages. written in what looks like musical notes. on stone before vowels. this had the sounds of the name.

        • Wow, that’s very cool. But if it were musical notes, wouldn’t Yeh-Ho-Ha (without the vav) have the same musical intonations as YeHoVaH?

          I’m connecting this question/post to another guy’s question here, where he asks why there’s a vav sound in the pronunciation when the vav has a dot above it, making an “o” sound instead of the vav.

          That’s my amateur summary of his question. Sorry if I botched it, but… Clark, can you answer it here or else down where the other guy posted?

          I’ll try to find his post and tell you which one it is….

  3. Shalom again Nehemiah,
    2 Shemuel 12:25 says “And He sent Natan HaNavi and called the name of the baby Yedidyah for Yehovah’s sake”. Would you also include this in your teachings? Thank you very much!
    Shamira

  4. My question on the Words direction of being vain with the shem. Trying to inform
    people of the name many will say well you use your Y I will use my J. So because
    of the meaning of jesus compared to Yehoshua or Y’shua has so much description
    and understanding the entire bible would this not also be vain for one to use jesus? Not because of the sound but due to the character or meaning of the Word?

    • I would certainly think so!

      I have wondered about whether it’s important to tell people not to use “Jesus” because of what Yeshua means literally. Yeshua would be preferable whenever someone is willing to break an old habit!

      But there are so many personal testimonies where Yeshua Himself responds to people who cry out “Jesus!” when they need help or healing (or even authority over demons) that I realize “Jesus” also carries power…and must not be a vain utterance.

      I believe using the name of Yeshua is even more powerful, even if He also responds to Jesus and understands people’s hearts.

      I always want to speak words (and names!) that carry accurate meanings….

  5. Shalom Nehemia, et al,
    Surely my question is too late, but I still would like to ask you about the wonderful praising evocation “Halleluyah!” At this time of my writing, I did not have yet the opportunity to listen to your video but I surely will and perhaps this has been already covered. In any event, it would be helpful to hear more about this praising evocation.
    May YeHoVah richly bless your dedication in teaching about His Sacred Name! Shamira

  6. Shalom shalom Cannot remember where I heard this but I have a copy of the Phoenician alphabet from the 1400 bc and was told this is where the Hebrew aleph bet came from and is virtually the same. The question is if the Phoenician vav is spelled waw would it not make sense that the original Hebrew was also a waw and not a vav?

  7. Nehemiah, is it at all POSSIBLE ??? that the alternative Divine Name (Adonai) was originally devised as a synonym for YHVH …… by placing the CORRECT vowels from YHVH (i.e. e,,o,a) with Adon-i (my lord) ? Hebrew speakers would read “Adonai”, but (recognising that the vowels were actually those from YHVH … hataf patah, -: instead of sheva, of course), would know that Adonai = YHVH. Shalom, Alan

  8. Recently I was reading the Sabbath weekly portion to a Jewish (Reform) friend confined to a wheelchair, from the TANACH which prints “LORD” wherever the sacred name should appear. I would pronounce YHVH on each occasion I saw “LORD” and she protested, the name should not be spoken. I told her that YHVH wanted His people to call on him by name, but I thought she was not satisfied with that. What should I have said?

  9. I haven’t read it yet, but I see that David Mitchell music director at Holy Trinity agrees with you: ‘Yehovah’.

    Academia.edu

    He-ach, RN!
    Rachim Ben Rav Aharon (of Chicago)

  10. Occasionally, Jehovah is spelled with a chirek on the vav as in Duet.9:26. Many claim that the vowels of Elohim are used when Jehovah appears next to Adonai. Is there an alternate explanation (which would not strengthen the vowels of Adonai argument) ?

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    Francisco

  12. Why do many use the English letter “W” to represent the vav when they abbreviate the Tetragramaton? YHWH vs YHVH?

  13. I have heard that some rabbis say the missing “vav” in the word “olam” in Shemot 3:15 changes the meaning from “forever” to “hidden”. Therefore the name of God is to be hidden as a memorial to God’s holiness throughout the generations.
    How would I confront this?
    Thanks and may His name be proclaimed

    • David, hi!!

      I just recently watched one of his videos that answered that question EXACTLY~! I wish I could remember the title of that video for you…but I think it’s in Neh’s series called, “Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence.”

      I think he shows a bunch of examples where that same word “olam” (forever)…written the same way…shows up in other locations, where there’s NO WAY it could mean “concealed.” And Neh shows that the rabbis turned “forever” into “concealed” in only one place, when YHVH says “This shall be my Name, olam.”

      He goes through lots of other Tenach scriptures where it means “forever.” I think one of them is the fact that observance of the Sabbath shall be “olam.” They didn’t turn “olam” into “concealing” in the Sabbath scriptures.

      And there are many more.

      Also, he goes into the exact dates of pagan invasions, with extra-biblical evidence of the moments when uttering the Name became punishable by death.

      If pagans (Greeks, Romans) came in, conquered, set up a statue of Zeus in the temple, sacrificed swine on the altar, and made (1) uttering the Name, (2) circumcising males, and (3) observing the Sabbath all punishable by death, I think we can safely conclude that uttering the Name (out loud) is important~!

      Hope some of this is useful as you address these questions!

      🙂 Jen

  14. Hi Nehemia,

    I am studying Hebrew. I make this clear right up front because there may be a ridiculously simple answer to the question I am about to ask, and I may feel really dumb when I get the answer. I am a student, however, so I can’t ignore what I can see right before me. This one is driving me nuts.

    I am using Accordance12 (Hebrew Masoretic Text with Westminster Morphology [HMT-W4]), and BibleWorks10 (Westminster Leningrad Hebrew Old Testament [WTT] and Tagged Leningrad Codex Images). Both are based, obviously, on Leningrad. I have not researched other texts.

    Whenever the consonants יהוה stand by themselves (the cases where the English translations translate LORD), they are usually, as you have pointed out often, with an incomplete set of vowels. (I am not including, in this formulation, any occurrence of the name with a prefix.) In most of these cases, the yod is pointed with a sheva, the vav is pointed with a qametz, and the first hey is missing its vowel. Also, we never see the yod pointed with hatef patah, the vowel expected if יהוה is pointed with the vowels for אדני. Whenever we see this case fully pointed, the missing vowel is holem. So far I have not stated anything that you haven’t taught very clearly for years. These are all cases where the English reads “the LORD your God”, or “I am the LORD”, etc. But, I began to see a pattern emerge – those cases when the English reads “Lord GOD”. So, I did a search on אדני יהוה. The results were very interesting.

    There are three cases where the yod is pointed with hatef segol, the vav is pointed with hireq, and the first hey is missing its vowel. In ALL other cases, the yod is pointed with sheva, the vav is pointed with hireq, and the first hey is missing its vowel. If we are true to form, and take the missing vowel as holem, we would have three cases where יהוה is pointed with the exact vowels for אלהים (Gen 15:2, 8; Judg 16:28). In every case there is this pesky hireq, which is not Yehovah. PLEASE help me understand what’s going on here.

    Thanks,
    Daniel

    • @Daniel Marten

      I’m not Nehemiah, but I will attempt to answer your question.

      As you know, the vowel points are not part of the original text. They were added later by the Masoretes.

      In the cases where “Adonai YHWH” appear, YHWH was given the vowel points of Elohim in the Masorah as a device to remind readers to vocalize the phrase this way. Because observant Jews publicly read YHWH as “Adonai”, if they read “Adonai YHWH” that way, they would say “Adonai Adonai”, which for certain reasons is avoided in order to make a theological point.

      Kind regards,
      ניחוח

  15. If saying the name Yehovah was banned sometime after the Simon bar Kokhba rebellion shouldn’t His full name appear frequently in the Dead Sea Scrolls since some of them were written as much as 2 – 3 centuries earlier?

  16. I enjoy making my Father’s Name known. But when talking with (irredeemable) “Trinitarian Monotheists” I use His Name sparingly, and only when I share scriptures saying that Yehovah is One. I don’t want to encourage people to use His Sacred Name for a Pagan concept of God. If they want to call their Trinity “Yahweh”, that’s better than good with me!

    What are your guidelines?

    Second question:

    St. Paul’s Chapel is not the only place where Yehovah is written. If you Google IMAGES you can find YHVH in synagogues and cathedrals all over the world, with the correct vowel points. Yes, correct vowel points! Someone must have known how to pronounce it. His Name has been HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT, as is He!

  17. Could the mere uttering of the Name Yehovah usher one into the Presence of Yehovah? I’m reluctant to share, but I just heard you say that you would like everyone to leave a comment on the current discoveries of the Name of Yehovah. Your teaching on the Name with Devorah came at the perfect time for me. My wife of 25 years recently passed away and I have been dealing with uncontrollable fits of raw emotions, everything around me touches off my broken heart. The first two months I did what I’ve done for years, invoke the Name of Yehovah when feeling down. However this has not provided relief. It came to me that you once taught us that the Name is not a word, but a sentence. Trapped by English, I have not been saying the sentence. So I started saying aloud, “YOU are Yehovah” ( wouldn’t be correct for me to say I am Yehovah). The point is I have been getting instant calming relief. This is uncanny. Surely I cannot be the only one doing this?

    • Dear James,
      First, let me say that I am praying for the Holy Spirit of Comfort to fill you with the Shalom of YHVH. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability, combined with your recent testimony of relief!
      I heard Nehemia’s teachings on The Name this past week. The Holy Spirit impressed on me that the Name is not a word but a sentence–and I’d never heard Nehemia or anyone say that~!!! I thought it was my own private way of saying The Name!
      So this past weekend, I spoke sentences that I believe came from what I saw in YHVH, and I experienced the favor of YHVH in profound ways.
      Naturally, I am interested in the “sentence” teaching by Nehemia that you mentioned!
      Can you please direct me to it…?
      Thank you for posting!
      Jen

  18. Shalom Aleichem Nehemia Gordon!

    You, your team, and Michael Rood and his team are an answered prayer to my continuous request to Yehovah our God to raise his servants to do what you are doing and beyond! To Him be all the glory from generation to generations and for ever more!

    Here is my question on the name of God:

    Many prophets in Tanak have their names ending in “Yah” relative to God, such as Yesh’YAHu (Isaiah), YirmeYAHu (Jeremiah), OvadYAH (Obadiah), Tz’fanYAH (Zephaniah), Z’kharYAH (Zechariah), NechemYAH (Nehemiah), etc.; a fact traceable to POST Babylonian era, which means less corruption in the ancient Biblical resources. Can this help fundamentally support any claim that the name of God is YAHWEH? What do credible Ethiopian and Aramaic sources said about the name YAHWEH?

    Thank you very much for your commitment to serve as a bright light in the darkness.

    • Hi Gn,
      I wish I could link the video…but I think Nehemia said somewhere that Yah at the end is different from Yah at the beginning, in names.
      Not that that answers your whole question–which is still an interesting question!
      Jen

  19. Shalom Aleichem Nehemia Gordon

    You, your team, and Michael Rood and his team are an answered prayer to my continuous request to Yehovah our God to raise his servants to do what you are doing and beyond! To Him be all the glory from generation to generations and for ever more!

    Here is my question on the name of God:

    Many prophets in Tanak have their names ending in “Yah” relative to God, such as Yesh’YAHu (Isaiah), YirmeYAHu (Jeremiah), OvadYAH (Obadiah), Tz’fanYAH (Zephaniah), Z’kharYAH (Zechariah), NechemYAH (Nehemiah), etc.; a fact traceable to POST Babylonian era, which means less corruption in the ancient Biblical resources. Can this help fundamentally support any claim that the name of God is YAHWEH? What do credible Ethiopian and Aramaic sources said about the name YAHWEH?

    Thank you very much for your commitment to serve as a bright light in the darkness.

  20. I’m no expert, but my question is: is it plausible that the original pronunciation was Yahovah, being that the origin of the form Yah, and then the first vowel was weakened into Yehovah?

  21. There are many Aleph/Tav את in Tanakh but not shown in the bible. How do these two Hebrew letters connect to Yehovah?

  22. Hashem said that His real name is “IamwhoIam” to Moshe. He stated that this will be His name forever. His other names are nothing more than attributes.Is that not in the Torah?

    • I agree with your thought that the real name of the father is (I AM). However when given to Moshe he was taking the position YHVH. My reasoning comes from Ps.110 & also in Matt. after which no other questions were asked.
      Weather this totally correct I know not.

  23. In Leviticus 12:1-3, why are women considered unclean ror 33 days? The Torah has answers to all questions found within the Torah and Tanach, not the Talmud. Hashem made man in His image, was Hashem unclean for 33 days?

    • Maybe this is because we were created in His image /prior to/ the Fall of Man (sin), when we ourselves became “unclean,” apart from atonement/sacrifice? YHVH did not become unclean when we did….

  24. Psalm 23 is a wonderful description , made by David, to describe who Yehovah is, in very concrete terms. He is the existing one, friend and the shepherd who feeds and tends to the flock. Is it any surprise that this would have been the message Yehovah gave to Moses and through him exercised ? This whole picture runs through scripture, right to the end, when John the Baptist declares Yeshua to be the lamb of the Shepherd who leads and feeds and tends to the flock…a shepherd’s rod comes to mind and I am surprised this is not refected in the name of Yehovah or is it? Could it be Jehovah? (The Hebrew equivalent of course.) Just a thought and question..

  25. What do you think about the Theorie that the name “yehovah” cames from the “Adonai” of the masora text ?

    If yehovah ist the Name why is the short Version “Yah” ?

    • Eliyahu–great questions!!
      I wish I could link the exact videos, but if you mean the vowels from Adonai, Neh has talked about both of the points you made in videos I watched this past weekend!!
      Ha ha you just gotta keep watching longer….
      It’s addictive!!
      😉 Jen

  26. Shalom Nehemiah.

    What is your take on why is Rabbinic Judaism still today so unwilling to speak aloud the name YHVH?
    Do Rabbi’s feel that we are not righteous enough to cite it aloud?
    If fear of adversaries was the original reason for maintaining the secret of speaking aloud our Creators name, it is obviously no longer a “secret”, so what continues this practice to not utter the authentic name, other than traditional practice that prevents them from citing aloud the actual name of Hashem?

  27. There was a time when everyday greetings were used to proclaim the name of Yehovah aloud and without fear of condemnation. (Ruth 2:4)

    Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, “May Yehovah be with you.” And they replied to him, “May Yehovah bless you.”

    Why has such a wonderful greeting been stolen from lips of those walking the streets and countryside of Israel?

    I bless the day when it can be done again.(yâcaph)

  28. When Yahovah said unto Moses to tell the children of Israel, “I AM”. WHat does that exactly mean? He is known as Adonai, El Shaddai, Elohim, YHVH, why did God saw “I AM” instead of his actual name?

  29. it seems that the ” very old ” Hebrew script varies from the modern script. How would that effect the spelling and it’s meaning subsequently? Would the Y become more of a J in the old signs of scripting and subsequent meaning?

  30. Nehemia, Simon Greatwood bus driver from feltham London, check your data base I’ve bought every book you have ever done and donated to your ministry and I don’t seem to be able to comment on anything you put on facebook.

  31. What are the specific scripture passages that say we can say the name of God aloud? Is it really a blasphemous act to say his name? Is it really a mistranslation or misunderstanding of the scripture when scripture clearly states to “Proclaim” his name?

    • Yvonne,
      I have been watching a bunch of Nehemia’s videos and I wish I could remember dates and events, but the bottom line is that there were invasions (such as the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes, who took over Jerusalem after Alexander the Great died…and another era where paganism mixed with Hebrew culture in forced ways to create corrupted versions of the Torah like the one that the Samaritans use…and then the Spanish Inquisition, where anyone who believed in the Torah was either forced to convert to Cathol or be kicked out of Jerusalem…).
      I wish I could remember how all of the invasions ended up corrupting translations, but the removal of YHVH…with the new teaching that you are NOT to proclaim that Name out loud (which is the opposite of what was in the Torah!) came from religious leaders who tried to remove the power of that Name from the believers’ daily lives….
      Why would a loving Creator ask his creation NOT to speak His Name? It doesn’t even make sense… especially as He continually asks His people to relate to Him, call upon Him, etc.
      I was visiting with a Jewish student of mine this weekend. She has been told all kinds of things that are the exact opposite of the Torah. Corruption has set in over many centuries, and it’s hard for us to see that what we’ve been told (since we were kids!) was part of the corruption.
      This is why Nehemia is sacrificing so much to do these teachings!! And why so many people are waking up.
      Keep watching his lessons! Maybe you’ll remember the details better than I did!!
      🙂 Jen

    • There’s a video that answers this. I think in the title it says “Wow–The vav is a vav!” or something like that….

  32. My Brother (& mentor) Nehemia:
    My question on the name of God is:
    In your discussion of YHVH’s name, you mentioned that God our Father answered Moshe’s question of “what is your name” by saying ‘Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh’ (i.e. I am that which I am), even though we refer to him as YeHoVaH (i.e. He who was, He who is, & He who will be).
    So since God Himself said His name is “Ehyeh”, should we not call him Ehyeh, instead of YeHoVaH? I understand the significance of our referral to Him in all 3 tenses of time, but why should we not call him by what He Himself said?
    Sincerely,
    Your Brother For All Time,
    Timmy Culkin

  33. I would like to hear from you regarding what the scriptures say on why the name Yehovah is important. Of course, your personal thoughts are always enjoyed! Thank you for offering this.

    • Hi bethelsthoughts!
      He goes into this topic (often with tears, because he is so moved by how important it is that we know and say THE Name) on many of his videos with Michael Rood, in his series, “Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence” (or something similar to that title), and in his podcasts with Keith Johnson. I started on YouTube and ended up here, but there are plenty of videos on this topic, so I hope you can look at them!
      🙂 Jen

  34. when was the pronunciation rule created to insure the name aspects were to be hidden\ altered, [assumed pronounced differently fore and aft] by suffix prefix differentiation? why do you assert yeho when it is yahu through out the entire collection of scriptural accounts? please explain why you practice this method and when & why it was created and implemented. please advise, if you are right and I am wrong I must change my paradigm and so forth…

  35. Is it true that the vowel in the Paleo hebrew is w yhwh? The modern hebrew says v, yhvh.
    l now call Father Yehovah my friend said that is from modern hebrew not from Moses time.
    Please help me.

  36. My question is: How do you tell if you are to use the name Yehovah, rather than Lord or Adoni, since I have been told that they are interchangeable, and this confused me.

    • Dear prayunceasing,
      From what I have learned, the Name was replaced by “LORD” and “God” as a corruption of the text…and the leaders told/tell everyone that these words are the same…but YHVH was in the original text, and we are truly meant to say that Name!
      The words “LORD” and “God” are the same words used for pagan gods and “lords” (the name Ba’al is also equivalent with “lord” or Adonai, I believe!). In the US, since we don’t have a history of worshiping pagan gods, we think using “God” means the One True God, YHVH. But across the world, the words “God” (even with a capital G) and “Lord” are used as titles for pagan gods….
      This is one reason paganism replaced YHVH with a generic “God” (for ambiguity) and it’s the main reason we must use His actual Name, YHVH (or the Hebrew version of YHVH)!
      His Name is above all other names, and we must call on His Unique Name!!
      Jen
      P.S. I think when the modern text has LORD in all caps, it was originally YHVH or Yehovah, and Lord written normally was Adonai or the actual word for Lord.

  37. I was listening to a Rabbi Kraft, who stated that we do not publicly say YHVH, but we say it in our daily private prayers. Do certain sects in Judaism follow saying Yehovah in their prayers and others don’t? By not saying his name, are we treating God the way he told us to treat the gods that are no gods, by exterminating their name from our lips … thereby profaning his name? I know you have covered this before, but as our minds are fickle, we need reminders often…

  38. Shalom Nehemia,
    My question is this! When are you coming to Seattle area to speak? there is never a schedule for you coming here… As it is you rarely answer any questions asked on this website of yours and if you were in Seattle I am sure I could you ask one or two personally… I was hoping that maybe you could shed some light on the teachings of Jesus or Yeshua in the context of 1st century Jewish thought.
    Some of his saying can be misconstrued because of our placing our Gentile culture into the Text which is disastrous in understanding correctly what was being said. if you know what I mean. Thanks Doug

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