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Is Jehovah the correct name for God?

  
                     
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Biblical Question:

  Is Jehovah the correct name for God?

     


Our Question:

Dear Pastor Reuben,

  Is Jehovah the correct name for God?  I am confused and have little help from my friends.  I have heard it said that Jewish people do not use this name.

Thanks, Bob


Pastor Reuben's Answer:

Shalom Bob,

 There is not a Hebrew pronunciation for God's Hebrew name YHWH "Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey" in the Jewish Scriptures.  Many have guessed, with saying it is Jehovah or Yahweh, but it is said by the Jewish people traditionally and historically, that it is unpronounceable.  In fact it is traditionally said that only the High Priest knew this trusted pronunciation and that it was lost after the destruction of the Temple.  Out of respect and fear for mispronouncing His Name, the word Adonai (Lord God) and the expression Hashem (The Name) is said when His name is seen in the Hebrew Bible and when used in Jewish synagogue prayers and writings, etc.  When vowel marks were added to the Jewish Bible to help Jews and others to be able to read and speak the text accurately, no vowel marks were given for His Name "Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey".

  I know most all English translations of the Bible use Jehovah.  Personally I think this is wrong.

In Messiah,

Reuben


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