Hebrew Voices #49 – Why Would I Ever Stop

Nehemia Gordon and Dev Daniel talking about the name of God.In Hebrew Voices, Why Would I Ever Stop, Nehemia Gordon shares with Dev Daniel his excitement about finding the name "Yehovah" in over 100 newly available Hebrew manuscripts, how this is a game-changer in the debate about God's holy name, and why Nehemia came to Israel to continue this earth-shattering research. You are invited to watch the video or listen to the podcast.

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Hebrew Voices #49 - Why Would I Ever Stop

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Nehemia: Shalom, all.

Deb: Hi y’all.

Nehemia: This is Nehemia Gordon and here I am with Deb, and we are at the world headquarters of Makor Hebrew Foundation at Deb’s house.

Deb: And today I have something exciting I want Nehemia to talk about for just a little bit. I just can’t hardly contain myself. And so I kind of want to share.

Nehemia: It’s pretty exciting stuff. So one of the things I’ve been working on really for the last six months or so, even more than that…

Deb: Yeah.

Nehemia: …is Yehovah’s holy name, and specifically I’ve been looking for His name in more Hebrew manuscripts. It’s a well-known story, it’s in my book, Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence and the Open-Door series, about how I discovered the name back in 2001. I’m not going to go through that again. It’s an amazing story.

But at the time, I only really knew, in 2001, about two Hebrew manuscripts that had the full vowels, Yehovah. I found a third one, a few years later I found a fourth one. Last summer, I found the fifth one. Now, think about that. Last summer was 2016…

Deb: Yes.

Nehemia: And that was the fifth manuscript I had found in 15 years. So it’s on average one every three years. Well, earlier this year I was working on a research project, and I was trying to find, what do rabbis actually say about the pronunciation of the name? Because it’s common knowledge… say, “common knowledge”.

Deb: Common knowledge.

Nehemia: It’s a fact… say, “fact”.

Deb: Fact.

Nehemia: That no one knows how to pronounce God’s holy name in the Jewish world.

Deb: Yehuva, Yihivih… [laughing]

Nehemia: Okay, joking aside, it’s common knowledge that the rabbis didn’t know how to pronounce the name. And that then opens the door for any kind of wild theory you want, Yehua, Yahweh, Yohovuha, any pronunciation you want, because the Jews don’t know.

Well, I asked the question, “Is it true the Jews don’t know?” And I’d never asked that question before. I end up finding 10 rabbis who say the name is Yehovah.

Deb: And this is what I call…

Nehemia: Yeah?

Deb: Pump up the jam.

Nehemia: Pump up the jam? [laughing] I don’t know what that means.

Deb: Because this has gotten bigger, bigger, bigger. I mean, this is…

Nehemia: Well, it’s like the thread you pull, right?

Deb: Yes!

Nehemia: Like, I actually thought I would look this up and there wouldn’t be anything, and I could at least tell people I looked. And I end up finding that this is a rabbi trail, quite literally, I guess in this case, where I find 10 rabbis, actually 16 rabbis to date, who say the name is Yehovah, but at the time I knew about 10 or 11.

And I said to myself, “I have 10 rabbis but only five manuscripts. I need more manuscripts.” And I thought, “This is impossible. How am I going to find more manuscripts when it took me 15 years to find five?” So I start looking, and my goal is to get to 10. Well, as of this morning, we have over 90 manuscripts with the full vowels, Yehovah.

Deb: This is huge.

Nehemia: Yeah.

Deb: First of all, you’re looking at manuscripts that no one else has looked at.

Nehemia: Right, that’s true. It turns out there are over 1,500 Bible manuscripts, and in some of them it’ll say all kinds of information in this catalog in Jerusalem - it’s a catalog of all the Hebrew manuscripts in the world. And as we were looking through the catalog, a lot of them are full of notes that people have studied them. And then I come across all these manuscripts where it says, “Unknown date”, and it has no information. And what that tells me is, no one actually has ever studied these manuscripts. I mean, it’s unbelievable, there are hundreds.

Deb: And I had a hard time with that. It’s like, “Wait a minute…”

Nehemia: Hundreds of manuscripts no one’s really studied.

Deb: “No, wait a minute.” Now, there are a couple of things with this.

Nehemia: Yeah.

Deb: First of all, nobody’s looked. Number two, a lot of them weren’t available to be looked at.

Nehemia: You know what really blew me away about the 10 rabbis who say the name? It’s that the first one I found, it was a rabbi named Maharam, Rabbi Meir of Lublin, and it literally took me 30 seconds doing a search. I have this database which has 100,000 Hebrew books that are digitized and searchable. It cost me about $1,000 over the years with all the updates, the Bar Ilan database. And I did a search on it looking, “Is there anybody who says how to pronounce the name? I’m sure there isn’t, but let me just say I looked.”

And within 30 seconds I found a rabbi who says straight out the name is Yehovah, with the vowels Shvah, Cholam, Kamatz. He calls out the vowels by name – these vowels have names.

Deb: Right.

Nehemia: So it’s indisputable, it’s as definitive and unequivocal as it could possibly be that the name is Yehovah, according to this rabbi. And I thought, “Wait a minute. I’ve read every book there is on the name that I could get my hands on. I’ve read whole shelves - literally, in university libraries - on how to pronounce the name, and nobody’s ever brought this up.” And what that tells me is, nobody ever looked.

Deb: It’s just so mindboggling.

Nehemia: Nobody ever looked at Jewish sources to say, “How do the Jews pronounce the name,” because we know the rabbis don’t know how to pronounce it – except at least they think they do.

Deb: Yeah.

Nehemia: Some of them say, “We know how to pronounce it, and it’s Yehovah,” which blew my mind. And it’s the same thing now with these manuscripts. I’m studying these manuscripts and I’m finding some really interesting things. So one of the new discoveries – this is hot off the presses, guys, I don’t even know I should tell them this. Should I tell them?

Deb: Yeah, yeah. You’ve got to tell them.

Nehemia: Okay. I was sharing with you and your husband, Tim, this morning, that in most manuscripts, as I’ve explained in the past, usually there’s a missing vowel, and every once in a while you find that there’s this full set of vowels.

For example, now we know in the Aleppo Codex, which is approximately 600 pages that have survived, that the name usually, 99-point I don’t know what percent of the time, there’s a missing vowel and the name is actually unpronounceable. And then six times that we’ve discovered, it appears with the full vowels.

Deb: In the Aleppo Codex?

Nehemia: In the Aleppo Codex, the most accurate and important manuscript of the Bible in Hebrew. So that means on average, once every hundred pages it has the full vowels. And that’s normal. That’s in most manuscripts, and it’s very rare that every once in a while, the scribe slipped up and put in the full vowels. But here’s the new discovery we didn’t know about until really the last few months.

About one in five manuscripts - and look, that percentage may change as we study more, right? But approximately, at this point, about one in five manuscripts not only has it once every 100 pages, but consistently has the name with full vowels. Meaning, not every place, because the scribes weren’t that consistent in this particular matter, but almost in every instance where they have the name, they put in the full vowels as… “Yahweh”. No!

Deb: No!

Nehemia: Never as Yahweh…

Deb: No!

Nehemia: …as “Yehovah.”

Deb: And here’s the thing…

Nehemia: I’ve never found so far, a Hebrew manuscript that has Yahweh, not a Jewish Hebrew manuscript.

Deb: No, no.

Nehemia: But I have found Yehovah now in over 90 manuscripts, and about 20, give or take of them, have Yehovah repeatedly, consistently, almost every time it has the name. And that’s really interesting, because I’ve had people say, “Well, that was just three manuscripts, Aleppo Codex, Leningrad Codex, and this Cairo Codex of the Prophets, and the scribes slipped up a few times. So what are we talking about? We’re going to know God’s holy name from a handful of mistakes?” Meaning the mistake was that they told us what the full vowels were, [laughing] so it’s kind of an important mistake.

Deb: It is.

Nehemia: But then there’s, as I said, a new class of manuscripts we’ve just discovered, which has a full set of vowels. And I was discussing this with this man who’s helping me, I call him T-Bone. And T-Bone says to me, “Nehemia, why is this?” Meaning, why is it that we have… I think the number was 23, but we’re still researching this.

Deb: This is ongoing.

Nehemia: This is an ongoing project. But he said, “Why do we have these approximately 20 manuscripts where the full vowels are everywhere? And in other places, it’s hidden in most places, and every once in a while, it shows up?” And I said, “T-Bone, well first of all, there only two people in the world who know about this - you and me. [laughing] And I don’t know the answer, and you’re asking.”

Deb: Yes.

Nehemia: And if you ask a professor at Hebrew University or any top expert, what they would tell you is, “Well, there were two different scribal traditions. One scribal tradition was to usually withhold the vowel, and every once in a while they slipped up and put it in. And some of them are consistent and never put it in, a few of the manuscripts. And then there was a second scribal tradition where they freely put the full vowels in, in almost every instance.” And I said, “This will be the answer that an academic would give you, but it’s actually not an answer. It actually just reframes the question, right?”

Deb: It does.

Nehemia: In other words, there are two scribal traditions, we’ve now established that.

Deb: Yeah.

Nehemia: Why are there two scribal traditions?

Deb: We don’t know.

Nehemia: I don’t know. Neither does anybody else, right now. And this is why we’re continuing to search, first of all, to find out how widespread is this phenomenon? How many manuscripts have the full vowels? How many have it consistently and how many only have it occasionally? Are there other phenomena that we don’t know about; that we won’t know until we look? We’re finding such interesting things. For example, in the past we were always looking at manuscripts of the Tiberian pointing, that every Bible you find in the world in printing, in every bookstore, in every synagogue, is going to be Tiberian pointing. Well, I always knew back in the ‘80s that there was something called Babylonian pointing, but I didn’t have access to those manuscripts. Now I do, and we’ve found the name in Babylonian pointing - which is a whole different vowel system - and there, the name is written, “Yehovah”.

Deb: [laughing] Say the name of the three vowels.

Nehemia: Shvah.

Deb: Shvah.

Nehemia: Cholam.

Deb: Cholam.

Nehemia: Kamatz.

Deb: Kamatz.

Nehemia: Shvah is ‘eh’ in Yehovah. Cholam is the ‘o’ in Yehovah. And kamatz is the ‘ah’ at the end of Yehovah.

Deb: So those are the vowels of Adonai?

Nehemia: No.

Deb: But Nehemia, everybody has said that…

Nehemia: It’s a fact and it’s common knowledge, just to let you know, the vowels of Adonai are Chataf, Patach, which is an ‘ah’ as in Adonai, Cholam and Kamatz. The second and third ones are the same vowels, that’s true. But the first one is not.

Well, here’s the interesting thing. So the argument is, “Well, you don’t understand, Nehemia, they couldn’t put in the ‘ah’ of Adonai because the Yud is not a guttural letter.” Well, I’ve found manuscripts where they do put in the vowels of Adonai. In one manuscript they do it consistently, and in a handful of other manuscripts they do it occasionally. And this is what we call in scholarship “the exception that teaches the rule”.

And people have said this before, meaning, if the argument is, “Well, they couldn’t put that vowel in because of the guttural issue,” well, the fact is they did put it in sometimes, and in one manuscript consistently they put in the vowels of Adonai, and it’s actually Ya-ho-vah, A-do-nai. And what that shows you is, nothing was stopping the scribes from doing that. And if they wanted to put it in, they would have. And the fact that they didn’t tells me…

Deb: They didn’t!

Nehemia: …this is not what they intended, and that’s corroborated by rabbis, by 10 rabbis – actually, 16 rabbis. And I’m coming out with a study on this. The study has actually been on hold because I’ve been spending…

Deb: He keeps finding stuff.

Nehemia: I keep finding stuff, right. So I actually wanted to record this study in January on the 10 rabbis who find the name, and I put it on the side because I wanted to have 10 manuscripts to go with the 10 rabbis. Now, I have over 90 manuscripts and one person says to me, “When will you stop?” I’m kind of like, [laughing] “Why would I ever stop? I keep finding more evidence of God’s holy name, why would I stop?!” It doesn’t make any sense to me.

I mean, honestly, what this sounds to me is like, “You’ve fed the poor and clothed the naked. When do you think you’ll stop?” If I could keep doing it, why would I stop?

Deb: Exactly.

Nehemia: Right? This is this burning passion inside me to find His holy name. I’m actually going to Israel in a few days, and one of my primary purposes in Israel is to examine manuscripts that are only available in Jerusalem.

Deb: Right.

Nehemia: I’m so excited, I can’t even sleep. Literally, I can’t sleep at night because I’m so excited, because I’m looking forward to what am I going to find in the manuscripts I haven’t had access to until now? I’m really excited about it. This is very exciting stuff. I literally can’t sleep some nights. The way Keith describes it, he says, “Nehemia, in my tradition, that’s called being arrested by the spirit.” So okay! [laughing]

Deb: [laughing] Well, I certainly am, because I feel like this is the biggest thing ever. I really do, Nehemia. Finding the name of God with the full vowels, everywhere, and…

Nehemia: And now it’s corroborated by rabbis, because this was the argument. “Oh, Nehemia. You’re so silly. Don’t you know that those are the vowels of Adonai? All the Jews know that.” And it’s really cute, because what they were able to say before I came along is, “Well, those were the stupid Christians who mistook those for the vowels of the name, and they’re actually the vowels of Adonai.”

Well, I’m a Jew. I studied at Hebrew University, I got my master’s degree from there, and now it’s corroborated, and what’s really cool, Deb - I wrote a paper about this, it’s online somewhere. I don’t even think it’s on my website. I actually don’t know where it is. There’s a paper I wrote on the pronunciation of the name, it’s a two-part paper. It’s all over the internet. And things I wrote in that paper… I mean, some of the things were actually wrong. But 90% plus of it was right, and some of those things are corroborated by rabbis who wrote these things hundreds of years ago.

For example, there’s a rabbi named Jacob Bachrach who in 1890 says almost exactly the things that I say concerning the prepositions, where the vowels are the vowels of Elohim. And then there’s a rabbi in 1834 named Shadal, or Samuel David Luzzatto, who says again, some of the same things I said about 15 years ago.

So I feel vindicated, but you know, hey, great minds think alike. I don’t accept it because they say it, I accept it because it fits what I found in the Bible.

Deb: Right.

Nehemia: I mean, the Bible…

Deb: Exactly.

Nehemia: …is the bottom line. This was my prayer for years. “Father…” I’m paraphrasing, right? But my prayer for years was, “Father, when I stand before You on the Day of Judgement and you say, ‘Why did you pronounce the name that way?’ I will able to say to the Creator, ‘This is how I found it written in black and white in the manuscripts of Your word…”

Deb: Amen.

Nehemia: “… as preserved by the scribes who preserved the oracles of God.” And then I have that, right? I can say, “Look, this is how it was written. It wasn’t my theory. It wasn’t my opinion. It’s written this way. This is how it was preserved by Your scribes.” And that’s all we have. All we have is evidence.

One of the ideas of conspiracy theory is that whatever there isn’t evidence for it, that’s what we’re going to believe, Right? The less evidence for something, the better, because then we can make up anything we want.

Deb: Exactly.

Nehemia: I want to see what evidence there is, and what it points to, and follow that evidence. And the evidence we’re finding both in Bible manuscripts and in the writings of rabbis is that the name is Yehovah. Halleluyah, praise Your holy name, Yehovah.

Deb: It’s right there in black and white.

Nehemia: It’s exciting.

Deb: And I, who know nothing, you told me the passage…

Nehemia: Yeah.

Deb: I was able to go online to the Aleppo Codex, which is online, go to that passage, and I, myself, with my eyes, found…

Nehemia: Isn’t that amazing?

Deb: …the name of Yehovah.

Nehemia: Isn’t it amazing?

Deb: With the vowels.

Nehemia: Here’s what’s amazing about that. So people come out with opinions and theories all the time, and it comes down to, “Well, you just have to believe us, because we are the authority with our scholarship. But you can’t see it for yourself.” And look, to be fair, that’s how it was until very recently. In other words, I would say it’s in the Aleppo Codex. Good luck finding the Aleppo Codex. You could go to Jerusalem and ask to get into the vault, or there was a printed edition of which they made 600 copies in the world.

Back in 2003, when Reggie White was in Israel, he bought me a copy. It cost him $675, and there were only 600 copies in the world. So I would tell you it’s in the Aleppo Codex and you’d just have to believe me or not believe me. Now you could go online and see the photographs of the Codex!

Deb: And I did it.

Nehemia: …for yourself!

Deb: And I did.

Nehemia: In high resolution! Please don’t believe me - go look for yourself! Have that encounter with the Creator of the Universe and His name directly!

Deb: Exactly.

Nehemia: Not through me.

Deb: Go see it for yourself.

Nehemia: I shouldn’t be your intermediary.

Deb: Exactly.

Nehemia: She shouldn’t be your intermediary.

Deb: No.

Nehemia: Go look for yourself at the name, it’s so beautiful!

Deb: I’m just this little old woman in San Antonio, Texas…

Nehemia: San Antone.

Deb: … who knows nothing, and I can go see it for myself, the name of my Creator. And that’s why I’m so excited about this, because I don’t know how to convey to people how big this is.

Nehemia: It is amazing. Halleluyah.

Deb: This has not been done before. There was even a reason that it couldn’t have been done before, because these things weren’t available. And now, some way, somehow, Yehovah’s making the technology, all of that is coming together. And now, I could go see it for myself. And you are finding it over and over and over and over.

Nehemia: So you know, what’s really powerful to me - as we’re discussing this, I’m thinking about this - when they stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, and I remember sharing this with my Chinese students.

Deb: Oh, cool.

Nehemia: I explained to my Chinese students, and I said, “My ancestors were slaves in Egypt.” And of course, I was presenting to them my culture, so I’d have to say, “We believe our ancestors were slaves in Egypt,” because they can’t argue with what we believe. They could say, “Oh, mao shundi, there’s no such thing as God.” But they can’t argue with what the Jewish people believe about their history.

So I’d say we believe that our ancestors were slaves in Egypt and our God took us out of Egypt and took us to a mountain, and we stood at the foot of the mountain and He called out, “Wodjau, Yehohwah, my name is Yehovah.” Actually, literally, “Anochi Yehovah, I am Yehovah.”

And you know, at first they went to Moses to say, “What is His name?” And they had to believe him, because they didn’t hear it themselves.

Deb: Yeah.

Nehemia: But then they heard it themselves in Sinai. And what’s really powerful about it – I’m just realizing it as I’m sharing this - what’s so powerful about that is Moses asked for signs, and he gets three signs: the leprosy and the blood, et cetera. But the sign that was the definitive sign - read it for yourself in the early chapters of Exodus - is that “you will come and worship Me at this mountain.”

Deb: Amen.

Nehemia: And when they came to worship at the mountain, they heard the first two words, “Anochi, I am, Yehovah.” Those were the first two words every Israelite, man, woman and child… up to that point they had to believe Moses. From that moment on, “Don’t believe Moses anymore. We heard it for ourselves with our own two ears. And now we’ve heard it from the Creator,” and that’s what I want for you, to hear this for yourselves. Don’t believe it because I said it, go see it for yourselves. You have an opportunity your ancestors didn’t have.

I was talking to T-Bone, the guy helping us with this research, and I said, “Do you realize, T-Bone, that 100 years ago, if I wanted to study the Aleppo Codex, I’d have to get on a boat to Syria, to Aleppo,” which wasn’t much safer back then than it is now. No, it actually wasn’t.

Deb: Yeah, wow. You can’t go now, for sure.

Nehemia: Because 1917 was World War I where they were committing genocide in that area against the Armenians. It was the full-blown… I’d get on a boat, I’d bribe the local rabbi, and if I’m lucky, he’ll take the money and let me have five minutes with the Aleppo Codex. Now, I go online to aleppocodex.org and I can see..

Deb: And there it is.

Nehemia: …the whole thing and study it.

Deb: And I can too!

Nehemia: It’s amazing. I mean, this is just so powerful, what’s happening. I believe this is a fulfillment of Daniel and it’s part of the ingathering of the exiles, that God’s brought His people back to the land and He’s restored the language, beginning to restore Jewish sovereignty in the land. Say, “beginning”.

Deb: Beginning.

Nehemia: We’re not done.

Deb: No, we’re not there.

Nehemia: And part of that is restoring His name, and this has been a gradual process. I didn’t start it. Mordechai Elfandari, who was my mentor, he wrote a paper in 1950 – now, I don’t think he pronounced the name right, because he didn’t have the $1,000 database from Bar Ilan University, it was 100,000 books! And he didn’t have access to the Aleppo Codex - they thought it was destroyed in 1950. You know, there were a lot of things they didn’t know.

Deb: They didn’t even know.

Nehemia: But based on the best of his understanding, we were to call on the name, and he pronounced it the best he could. And I believe this was a link in the chain, and that’s all I am, a small little link.

Deb: Oh, that’s neat.

Nehemia: And you guys can be a link in the chain too, by going and looking at these manuscripts and seeing for yourself, in the restoration. You could be part of that!

Deb: In my journey, in my personal journey, the thing that overtook me was learning the name, hearing the name, January 30th, 2005, out of your mouth.

Nehemia: Wow.

Deb: And it became so big for me and my husband, it just… I don’t know, all-encompassing. I mean, when you said it, it was like something happened inside that I can’t explain. And it just became so big. And then you’re finding all of this stuff now. I mean, and you didn’t even have the ability to find it before.

Nehemia: Even a year ago…

Deb: Yeah.

Nehemia: …this literally wasn’t possible to do what I’m doing today.

Deb: And that’s mind-boggling.

Nehemia: Just a year ago.

Deb: That is so crazy. And so then, this Pesach - and I heard you give this presentation in San Antonio in March and then Pesach came, and my husband and I were sitting and reading the story. And for some reason this year, we started early. We started like in chapter 3.

Nehemia: Yeah, of Exodus.

Deb: Yes. And we’re reading how Yehovah’s telling Moses what He wants him to do. And then, boom! Chapter 5 starts. Moses walks into Pharaoh and says, “Yehovah, God of Israel.” And Pharaoh’s like…

Nehemia: He unfurls the papyrus, or his magicians unfurl the papyrus and they say, “I don’t know the name of Yehovah,” right? And in English, “I don’t know the name of the Lord.” He looks at that and he says, “Well, here is a list of all the names of the Hittite gods and the Canaanite gods, and the…”

Deb: Sun gods.

Nehemia: “… Egyptian gods.”

Deb: And this god, and that god.

Nehemia: Yehovah’s not in this list.

Deb: Uh-uh, no.

Nehemia: “Who’s that? We’re going to let go of our slaves because of some god we never heard of?” “Oh, okay. You’re going to find out.”

Deb: You’re going to find out.

Nehemia: Amazing.

Deb: So we’re finding the name of Yehovah in black and white. And I believe that that is in black and white for me to see, and I believe that now the rest of it…

Nehemia: And you know what?

Deb: …is there…

Nehemia: What comes to mind for me…

Deb: …and real.

Nehemia: …is the curse of Jeremiah 44, and I don’t understand how I’ve never heard this preached. But Jeremiah 44 is a curse upon the Jews of the exile. And the curse there is, “Because you rebelled…” I’m paraphrasing. Look it up, guys. It’s in, I think it’s like 26 or somewhere around there. Jeremiah 44, he says there, “I swear by my great name.” And the curse he places upon the Jews is that in the exile they will no longer speak His name.

Deb: And they didn’t.

Nehemia: Now he’s talking immediately about the Jews in Egypt in the time of the first exile, no question about it. But lo and behold, we go into exile and we no longer speak His name for nearly 2,000 years. And now we’re being gathered in, and the name is being restored.

Deb: And here’s the thing - if Moses walked into Pharaoh and said, “Yehovah, God of Israel,” and now we’re able to see it, and the world is able to see it…

Nehemia: Yeah.

Deb: …this is bigger. This is much bigger than Pharaoh. Much bigger.

Nehemia: Wow. Can you end with a prayer?

Deb: Yehovah, God of Israel, thank you so much for revealing and showing, and for us to have the confidence, the amazing confidence that you are God of all, that You are Creator, God, and that Your name is the most important name and the most important thing. And it’s being revealed now, and this is all part of all the things You have said about restoration and ingathering, an ongoing situation, Yehovah, that we are so grateful for.

Thank you, Yehovah, for showing us, for leading us and guiding us, taking us by the hand, and making all this available – things that were never available before. Thank You, Yehovah. And thank You so much for Your loving care of all of us.

Nehemia: Amen.

Deb: Amen.

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  • Matthew says:

    Praise YeHoVah! I have some questions for Nehemia. I am greatful for sharing your valuable insights for us all.

    So I am very unskilled in reading YeHoVaH’s word. Would YeHoVaH have referred to his name as “I WAS, I AM, I Will BE” but do we as believers refer to the NAME as “HE WAS, HE IS, HE WILL BE”? I read it as THE “I AM, I WAS, I WILL BE”, is this incorrect?

  • Russell Budlong says:

    I hope you never stop

  • donald murphy says:

    tried to get into the allepocodex but my computer (windows10) was unable to decide whether it was safe to do so or not. but thanks anyway.(7-21-18)

    • Donna McAdams says:

      Tried getting onto the aleppocodex.org link numerous times and all that comes up is a red screen. I used both
      Windows 10 and Vista and got the same results. Nehemia, can you post a link that will work?

      • Devorah says:

        Try this. http://aleppocodex.org/newsite/index.html

        When you are on the page, you have to click on “View the Aleppo Codex” found on teh left side under teh small picture of the manuscript.

        • Donna McAdams says:

          Devorah, thank you for your reply, however, when I click on that link, as I did before, there is nothing but red screen. There is no pic of a manuscript on the left side. Any other suggestions? I so want to see Yehovah’s name for myself and can’t get it!!!

  • Irene Guthrie says:

    Nehemia and Dev,
    You need to show some excitement, eh?????

  • Fran Brashear says:

    Shabbat shalom, Dev & Nehemia! I love love love YeHoVaH…thank you Nehemia, for showing me & the ones who are seeking Truth the correct pronunciation of His holy name, and so much more. May Yah bless you both with more knowledge and truth, which in turn, helps strengthen His people…for such a time as this. It’s all in His perfect timing! Halleluyah!!!

  • Kevin George says:

    Here’s a link to the Aleppo codex;
    If you look at Ezekiel 28:13 -29:10, you will see His name in the very bottom right corner of the page. This one is noteworthy because it is ‘adonai Yehovah’. According to tradition, when those two words are together, they are supposed to use the vowels of ‘elohim’, but that is clearly not the case here!

    • Maria Luisa Beringuela says:

      Thank you so much for giving the link and exact verse because that was what I wanted to ask Nehemia but he did not say it in the video. I did go to the link and found it. I’m so happy.

  • Nicholas Mansfield says:

    Do we hear the sound of a young lion?

    “After YHWH they shall go. He shall roar as a lion, so that surely He shall roar, and children from [beyond seven] seas shall be agitated to movement. They shall be driven as a bird from Egypt, and as a dove from Assyria’s land. And I will cause them to make habitation upon their ancestral houses (Deut.33:5). Thus sayeth YHWH.”

  • Thank you Nehemiah for your obedience to seek & find the name of the Most High “Yehovah”!!!

    Scripture tells us His people know His name & every nation shall know His name!

    Eloisa Wooten

  • Kevin Bowersock says:

    Nehemia can you show how it is spelled in Hebrew now compared to How it was spelled with the Vowell points thank you

  • Ishie Petlock says:

    Nehemiah, are you aware that the most recent adition of the JPS torah has fully vocalized each occurance of the name ? are you aware that the personal siddur of the Bal Shem Tov from which he used 3xs daily,which recently sold at auction for $60,000.00, has the name vocalized ?

  • Bill Hamel says:

    I am so excited that I’m beside myself, can hardly eat dinner. I watched the video four times and have sent out e-mails to everyone I can think of. It also dawned on me to repent to the Lord for mispronouncing his name but now I am shouting it from the rooftops praise Yehovah our most beautiful heavenly Father. To say this is exciting is an understatement.

  • I am confused when I see a v used in place of the letter b. I thought there was no v and it would actually be pronounced as a u. Here in America our old courthouses have on them Covrt Hovse but we all know it is pronounced with a u sound. I really just want to know the truth myself. Thank you for your passion and persistence to know His Name.

    • sarah galan denicolo says:

      Just off the top of my head: if we think of B´reshit the preposition IN is a B then later we see V in….”v´ ha eretz”. The pronunciation of U instead of V/ B in Hebrew is when it apears before certain consanants – I think M,B for instance.

  • Sharon Hogeda says:

    Thank you Dev and Nehemia, for being relentless in pursuing Truth of The Name! Your scholarly probes into manuscripts not even heard of until now, is spine-tingling! Your research in the video I watch this a.m. 7/20/2017, validates conclusions you’ve reached previously, about the 3 vowels, and about The Name being rabbinically substantiated as “YEHOVAH”! The glory and majesty of His Name far exceeds our mortal attempts made to exalt Him. You are soooo right, Nehemia, “why would you ever want to stop” pursuing the Mighty One whose Name He has placed on Yerushalayim? There IS NO OTHER ONE! We, your students, are grateful for your heart that seeks His face, always humbly learning, so as to pass to us more information for us to research and join with you in humble worship of The Name above all names.

  • Rose Rossato says:

    Awesome!! Todah Nehemiah and Dev!
    We saw you in Minneapolis this past weekend. Great to meet you in person.
    You are for me, an answer to prayer. Y’hovah has truly freed me from my past.
    Had been reading Chumash for years, learning Hebrew as I went but had a burning desire to know His Name. For Real!!
    Bless Y’hovah o my soul!

    Eagerly awaiting your book on this subject 😉
    May Y’hovah continue to bless you!

    Y’hovah hu HaElohim!

  • Peggy Jones says:

    I found Yehovah in the Aleppo Codex with the full vowel pointing (even the cholem can be clearly seen) is all over Devarim 28. Thank you so very much for all your hard work and diligent research – you were truly brought to the Kingdom for such a time as this!

  • Yvonne says:

    Nehemia: Thank you so much for all your hard work that lead you to these discoveries. Yahovah is with you.

  • JC says:

    It´s “Yehvah”

  • Barbara Jayne says:

    This is exciting. May all of Israel soon call on the Name of Yehovah.

  • MaryAnne says:

    where do we find it in the Aleppo Codex? It asks for book and chapter…

  • Reyes Nava says:

    This website is repairing the breach in the wall that we may once again proclaim aloud the name of our creator “Yehovah”. My heart is glad at the mention of His Holy Name.

  • jeffrey says:

    Nehemia, this revelation of His name is the greatest knowledge we could have since the time it was hidden. You were chosen by our Creator to reveal it. We are all blessed who hear it and proclaim it. Thank you eternally for your earnest search for Truth. May you continue to be blessed

  • P'alex Dillon says:

    What 90 manuscripts? How did you get those? I learned from you his unique name almost 3 years ago. Why would you ever stop? Hallelujah and amen!

    Yes, I love you, Dev. Instant change in my relationship with my Lord answer to prayers, guidance in my life, and feeling like I am his.

    So, thank you, Nehemiah. And please, never stop.

  • Deanna says:

    This is amazing! I want to share this w so many people. Thank you Nehemia…and Dev for your work, your contagious excitement, and your desire to share. Blessings to you both!


    Very very good. Been thinking I need to send you a suggestion to start doing a video discussion with Dev on whatever topics you desire. I hope you continue. You are plenty good on your own but a woman’s participation and perspective adds a worthwhile pizzaz and enjoyment. I thank the Almighty for your love of Him and his Torah. I’m one believer in Yehoshua who is not the least concerned in your lack of faith in him. I think He is the Torah in a way I don’t understand but do know YHVH is the one and only, our salvation. Could be He is doing that part of his work through Yehosua. I know if Revelation is valid, I think it is, Yehoshua is pretty awesome in his own right but not the Almighty Himself . Done talked too long.

  • Angel Crespo says:

    Shalom Nehemia and Dev! Awesome. Thank you for sharing. Blessed be our Creator and Blessed be His Holy Name forevermore.

  • Dawn Crull says:

    YEHOVAH and there is no other….

  • pedro quinones says:

    Shalom nehemiah and deb thank you for giving us an update on your project on the name of the most high God Yehovah of yisrael.. I can’t wait when you release your research materiel of your studies. May Our father continue to bless your work and the effort that you do to make known the name that is above every other name. Yehovah hu ha elohim.