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Tetragrammaton
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A term for the four letters of the personal name of Israel’s God, derived from the Greek for “four” and “letter.” In Hebrew, the name consists of four consonants, יהוה‎ (yhwh). For further information, see this article: YHWH.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton A term for the four letters of the personal name of Israel’s God, derived from the Greek for “four” and “letter.” In Hebrew, the name consists of four consonants, יהוה‎ (yhwh). For further information, see this article: YHWH.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton. Term referring to the four consonants of one of the primary Hebrew names for God (fr. Gk tetra, “four,” and gramma, “a letter of the alphabet”). These letters are the Hebrew equivalents of English Y (or J), H, W, and H. The most widely accepted meaning of the name is “the one who is,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Tetragrammaton
TETRAGRAMMATON* Term referring to the four consonants of one of the primary Hebrew names, for God (from Greek tetra, “four,” and gramma, “a letter of the alphabet”). These letters are the Hebrew equivalents of English Y (or J), H, W, and H. The most widely accepted meaning of the name is “the one who
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton (tet´ruh-gram´uh-ton; Gk., “four letters”), the designation for the four Hebrew consonants YHWH, which comprise the name of Israel’s God (Exod. 3:15; 7:2). The name itself was considered by the Hebrews as too holy to utter, so the word “Lord” (Heb. ’adonay) was substituted when the text
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Tetragrammaton
TetragrammatonThe sacred name of Israel’s God. The term (Gk. “four letters”) came into use partly because of the uncertainty concerning which vowel sounds were used in the pronunciation of the four-consonant name (YHWH) and partly because in the MT the ineffable name was written with the vowel points
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton [tĕtˊrə grămˊə tän] (Gk. Tetragrammaton “four letters”).* The sacred name of Israel’s God. The term came into use partly because of the uncertainty concerning which vowel sounds were used in the pronounciation of the four-consonant name (YHWH) and partly because in the MT the
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton. The technical term for the four-lettered Hebrew name of God יהוה (i.e. YHWH or JHVH). Owing to its sacred character, from c. 300 bc the Jews tended to avoid uttering it when reading the Scriptures, and substituted ‘Adonai’ (i.e. the Hebrew word for ‘Lord’), whence the rendering Κύριος
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Tetragrammaton, the Sacred
Tetragrammaton, the SacredTetragrammaton, the Sacred, (tetʹrah-gramʹah-tahn; Gk., ‘four letters’), the designation for the four Hebrew consonants yhwh that comprise the name of Israel’s God (Exod. 3:15; 6:2–3). The name itself was considered by the Hebrews as too holy to utter so the word ‘Lord’ (Heb.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Tetragrammaton
Tetragram′maton. The four letters, meaning the four which compose the name of Deity. The ancient Jews never pronounced the word Jehovah composed of the four sacred letters JHVH. The word means “I am,” or “I exist” (Exod. 3:14); but Rabbi Bechai says the letters include the three times—past, present,
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Tetragram or Tetragrammaton
Tetragram or TetragrammatonThe Hebrew name for Jehovah, translated LORD in the AV. For a defence of Jehovah as the correct vocalization, see Yahweh.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton tet’ruh-gram’uh-ton. Derived from the Greek words for “four” and “letter,” this term refers to the four-consonant name of God, YHWH (prob. pronounced Yahweh). See God, names of.