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Know Who Their Saints Are,
Those In Their Spiritual Body of
Called Out Ones
|Yahowah IS 1: "One God" Means the Creator YHWH is a Singular Being, One Person having One Intellect, The only Elohim of Israel, The Father, who resurrected 'the Yahoshua', the promised Messiah.|
Why do you and many scholars pronounce "YHWH" as "Ya ho wah"?
Keeping this explanation simple:
The four characters of Hebrew/Aramaic script transliterate into English as 'Y' 'H' 'W' 'H'. These same four characters transliterate into German as 'Y' 'H' 'V' 'H'. The only difference between the English 'W' and the German 'V' is that there is no 'W' sound in German, so they use their 'V' sound instead. Otherwise, both the 'W' and the 'V' represent the exact same Hebrew/Aramaic character.
Modern Hebrew, spoken in Israel, typically uses the 'V' sound. However, there are regional variations:
The Academy of the Hebrew Language states that "both [v] and [w] be indistinguishably represented in Hebrew using the letter Vav.", ( "Hebrew Alphabet" , see "Regional and Historical Variation" and "Pronunciation of Letter Names").
Generally, those languages which do not have the 'W' sound, will use the 'V'; and those languages which do have the 'W' sound, will use the 'W'. As examples:
The ancient Coptic Alphabet has no 'W' or 'V' character, but does have the 'V' sound, Read "Notes".
The ancient Syric Alphabet has the 'W' character.
The ancient Arabic Alphabet has the 'W' character, Read "Reorganization".
Greek [waw] is the original name of the digamma, which is the Hebrew "ו".
The ancient Persian Cuneiform Alphabet has no 'W', but does have the 'V' character.
Thus, different languages and dialects will pronounce the Hebrew "ו" with either the 'W' or 'V' sound variations, making them essentially interchangeable. Since we are speaking in English, and we have the 'W' sound, the 'W' is preferred, 'Y' 'H' 'W' 'H'.
In an ancient stele called "The Medes and Persians in Bactria", circa BC 500, there is a Jewish name listed as "Gamaryaawa", which is pronounced "Gamar-Yaahwa", and means "YHWH has perfected", ( Read it for Yourself, search for 'Gamar' ). This is just one example demonstrating that in ancient times the "YHWH" Hebrew/Aramaic characters were pronounced using the "YA" and the "W" sound variations.
In the Aramaic language it is known that the "YHWH" Hebrew/Aramaic characters are pronounced as three (not two) syllables, something like "Ya-ho-wah". Thus, it is claimed that the most modern scholarship demonstrates that "YHWH" was anciently pronounced closer to "Ya ho wah" than to other derivations.
From this, the Messiah's name can be rendered as "Ya ho Shua", "Yahoshua", ( Lexicon Reference ).
In the earliest manuscripts of the Hebrew Text being translated into other languages, such as "The Greek Septuagint", these same four Hebrew letters are still written in-line within the other language, and is still intended to be read out loud as the Hebrew sounding name. Searching for "Tetragrammaton in Septuagint" will find examples in both the Septuagint and NT Greek manuscripts having the Hebrew "YHWH/YHVH/" written inside of the other language.
"YHWH in the New Testament" (is an excellent long-list of historical documentation).
For much more detail read the "Historical Evidence the Tetragrammaton Was Pronounced Differently"
The 'Yahowah IS 1' Community does not discourage the use of the other derivations in pronunciation.
|I see that your Website sometimes uses the name "Jesus" for the Messiah. I have been taught that "Jesus" is the name of a pagan god, and saying it is actually calling out the name of a false god.|
Typically, the Greek god "Zeus" is cited as being the root to which the English name "Jesus" is a derivative.
But this is not correct historically.
The Septuagint is a Hebrew to Greek translation of the Bible made by 70 scholars in circa BC 280.
These ancient scholars transliterated the Hebrew word for "Joshua" into the Greek letters forming the name "Ιησουσ", which today is translated into English as "Jesus".|
Going From the Hebrew יהושע ("Joshua") to the Greek "Ιησουσ" ("Jesus")
The Hebrew word translated as "Joshua" (the servant of Moses and the son of Nun) was transliterated into the Greek language as "Ιησουσ" throughout the Septuagint translation made in circa BC 280. Today we know how the Hebrew letters forming the name "Joshua" was transliterated into the Greek letters forming the name "Ιησουσ", because of the scholarship preserved in the "Origen Hexapla", "Origenis Hexaplorum"; original work was circa AD 146, this is a rework published circa AD 1587, published again by Field, Frederick, 1875. The link below is to the Hebrew to Greek Alphabet Table found in this ancient document,
You can use the Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon for further corroboration:
Showing the Hebrew letters for "Joshua":
1st Form: י ה ו ש ו ע
2nd Form: י ה ו ש ע
"Origen Hexapla", Pg 72-73, using the Hebrew to Greek Alphabet Table:
1st Form 2nd Form
י => Ι י => Ι
ה => η ה => η
ו => ου ו => ου
ש => σ ש => σ
ו => ου
ע => α ע => α
See "Origen Hexapla", Pg 73 line 8, for alternative pronunciations. Other sounding-examples show that the " ו and ש " can become " σ ου "
ου σ ου
Ι η σ ου
Greek Grammar changes the ending letters, and thus renders the ending ע as unused/unspoken:
Ι η σ ου σ - Nominative - Ιησουσ
Ι η σ ου ν - Accusative - Ιησουν
Ι η σ ου - Genitive - Ιησου
Ι η σ οι - Dative - Ιησοι
This demonstrates that the name "Ιησουσ" has nothing whatsoever to do with a pagan god, such as "Zeus", but rather is the historically correct transliteration of the Hebrew letters into the Greek letters, and then the Greek Grammar rules dictate the alternative spellings.
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Right away I read your Saying "Yahowah IS 1: 'One God' Means...".
What if I do not agree with this, am I excluded if I believe that Jesus preexisted as God?
No, you are not excluded. Understand why this has to be the answer, from the higher perspective.
For whatever reason, Yaho-wah and Yaho-shua (YandY) have their called out ones scattered all over. Their Saints exist within hundreds of Groups. We observe that each person is allowed by YandY to have their own level of understanding about many doctrinal issues. Said another way: YandY are not forcing any of us to have exactly the same level of understanding. So then, neither will the 'Yahowah IS 1' Community expect the same level of understanding on all issues.
In this Community, not agreeing upon every detail is expected. Disagreements on "some details" are not treated as a reason to disband. Instead, each person is expected to believe and obey YandY as they interpret the Text, individually. As a Community, we agree on the highest-level tenets, and then enjoy talking about "the details".
Many of us understand that YandY started working with us years before we understood some very key doctrines. Many of us were keeping Sunday, and eating ham on Easter, yet YandY were working directly with us. We observe that each of us are at their own unique place within their individual walk with their Creator YHWH.
What this means is that you cannot gauge a person's status with YandY by just looking at which doctrines they fully understand. YandY are demonstrating that each of us is allowed to live within some "level of ignorance" about many things. A few hundred years ago, the Saints had no chance to know all that we can know today. Too many historical books were burned, and most of the study books we enjoy today were not even written yet. Because they did not know "the details", does that mean they were not "the Saints"?
We observe that, both historically and today, each of us is at our own "level of ignorance", and we do not even know what we do not know. Given any doctrinal topic, each of us will have some "level of ignorance" about it. Some will understand more than others, and some will understand more than they, and that is just the way it is. We observe that YandY do not expect us to understand all things at the exact same level. And neither should we expect everyone else to fully understand everything we think that we understand.
For these reasons, The 'Yahowah IS 1' Community does not expect Groups or individuals to change their current level of understandings of this topic in order to join.
There has to be some core-doctrines. Otherwise "anyone" can join.
What are the core-doctrines of The 'Yahowah IS 1' Community?
Everything else is left for open-discussion and educational growth.
Click HERE to go to the Beliefs Page . . .
Banded together we will make a much bigger difference.
You can make a difference,
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