“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—This time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:21
Did you know that “the LORD” is not the name of the Creator?? In the Hebrew scriptures his name is mentioned 6827 times. Do you know how many times it is mentioned in our English Bibles?? Well, in most English translations it is NOT mentioned! His name has been replaced with the title “LORD”. So what is HIS name?? Well, spelled out in Hebrew, it would look something like this!
There is a lot of conflict in this world among religious leaders of the day, regarding HIS name! Some say Yahweh. Some say Jehovah. Some say Yah. Some say Yahuwah. Who is Right?? Well, earlier we stated that HIS name was written 6827 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. The majority of those times, it is written with only 2 vowels, which renders HIS name “unreadable” (We will be posting a blog with detailed information as to why they did this). But in the oldest, most complete Hebrew Manuscript, the “Aleppo Codex”, 50 of the 6827 times HIS name is written, it has 3 vowels (one of these instances is on the Deuteronomy 29_19 to 30_11 page)!! The vowel that is most commonly left out is the “Cholem”, which is the “dot” above the name. It gives the character attached to it an “O” sound! This is great news! The characters without vowels make these sounds; Y H V H. With the vowels inserted it would read, YEHOVAH.
We know, we know, there were no vowels in ancient semitic languages! There are those out there that claim that in “Ancient Hebrew” there were no vowels, and then proceed to explain how the name should be pronounced. The problem with this view is the simple fact that we have ZERO evidence in how to pronounce ancient hebrew words. The stance that we choose to take, is to use the OLDEST most COMPLETE Hebrew manuscripts to date, to find out how the name was pronounced. We understand that one cannot truly, with 100% confidence, claim that the name is pronounced any certain way. But, according to the oldest evidence we have, it was pronounced YEHOVAH.
For more information on HIS name, visit BFA International’s site.
For more information on the Aleppo Codex, visit aleppocodex.org.
Thanks for reading and SHALOM!