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Yahweh
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An older English representation of the proper name for the God of Israel (YHWH). The influence of the King James Version on the English language, and the influence of Christianity on Western culture, resulted in the pronunciation “Jehovah” coming to be an accepted English name for the God of the Bible.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jehovah
Jehovah An older English representation of the proper name for the God of Israel (YHWH). The influence of the King James Version on the English language, and the influence of Christianity on Western culture, resulted in the pronunciation “Jehovah” coming to be an accepted English name for the God of
YHWH
YHWH (יהוה‎, yhwh). The personal name of Israel’s covenant God in the Old Testament, often called the Tetragrammaton (based on the Greek for “four” and “letter”).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Yahweh (Deity)
YAHWEH (DEITY) [Heb K yhwh (יהוה)]. The name of God in the OT. When it stands alone, and with prefixed prepositions or the conjunction wa-, “and,” the name is always written with the four Hebrew letters yod, he, waw, he, and is for that reason called the Tetragrammaton. In this form the name appears
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Yahweh (Deity)
Yahweh (YHWH). Most holy name for God in the OT, usually translated Lord or Jehovah. The name is also applied to Christ.See God, Names of.
Jah
Jah. Abbreviation of the covenant name of God, Yahweh or YHWH (Jehovah, kjv; Lord, most modern translations). The fragment is often used in words and names (e.g., Hallelujah, Jahaziel).See God, Names of.
Jehovah
Jehovah. Name for God formed by adding the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai to the consonants of the Hebrew divine name, YHWH. Out of their respect for God and their fear of defiling his name, the postexilic Jews refused to pronounce the divine name when reading Scripture. Instead they substituted Adonai,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jah
Jah , alternate spelling of YAH . An abbreviated form of the name Yahweh (see God, Names of II.C). It occurs, e.g., in the Hebrew text of Ex. 15:2, in personal names like Adonijah (“Yah is my master”), and in the liturgical expression “hallelujah” (“praise Yah”).
Lord
Lord[Heb YHWH (Gen. 2:4f, 7f, etc.), ʾaḏōnāy (Gen. 15:2, 8; 18:3; etc.), yāh (Ps. 68:18 [MT 19]; 77:11 [MT 12]; etc.), ʾāḏôn (e.g., Gen. 19:2), baʿal—‘master’ (Nu. 21:28; Isa. 16:8), geḇîr—‘lord, master’ (Gen. 27:29, 37), seren—‘prince, tyrant’ (Jgs. 3:3; 16:5; etc.), śar—‘leader, chief’ (Jgs.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Yahweh (Deity)
YAHWEH* (Yhwh) Most holy name for God in the OT, usually translated “Lord.” See God, Names of (Yahweh).
Jah
JAH* Abbreviation of the covenant name of God, YHWH or Yahweh (“Jehovah,” kjv; “Lord,” most modern translations). The fragment is often used in words and names (e.g., Hallelujah, Jahaziel). See God, Names of.
Jehovah
JEHOVAH* Name for God formed by adding the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai to the consonants of the Hebrew divine name, YHWH. Out of their respect for God and their fear of defiling his name, the postexilic Jews refused to pronounce the divine name when reading Scripture. Instead, they substituted Adonai,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Yahweh
Yahweh (yah´weh), the most important name for God in the Hebrew Bible. The name is formed from the Tetragrammaton, i.e., the consonants YHWH, which occur 6,828 times. Even after the vocalization of the Hebrew text, God’s name was traditionally written without vowels to discourage people from speaking
Jehovah
Jehovah (ji-hoh´vuh), an English spelling of the name of God used four times in the kjv (Exod. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4). The word is formed by adding vowels to an English transliteration of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, or four consonants that stand for God’s name, which is not to be pronounced
Lord
lord (Heb. ’adon; Gk. kyrios), a title of dignity and honor acknowledging the power and authority of the one so addressed.1 When used to address an individual and not as a title for God or Christ, a term conveying esteem for a male ruler on behalf of his subjects (e.g., Num. 32:25; cf. Acts 25:26),
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Jah
JAH. An abbreviated form of the sacred name Yahweh. It is found in poetry, as in (Ps 68:4; 118:4), ASV marg., and in various other places where it is rendered Lord in the KJV. See God, Names of, Lord.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Yahweh
YahwehThe God of Israel. Shortened forms occur in Israelite names (yĕhô and at the beginning and yāhû and at the end), and in “Hallelujah” (“Praise Yah”). The precise pronunciation is uncertain, since from the Persian period onward the sacred name was replaced by various titles and epithets.
Jehovah
Jehovah (Heb. yĕhōwāh)A name of God, devised ca. the 16th century c.e. by artificially combining the consonants of the name Yahweh (YHWH; held by the Jews to be unutterable) and the vowels of the substitute name Adonai (“the Lord”).See Yahweh.
Lord
Lord (DIVINE TITLE)“Lord” as a title for God is analogous to its use for human rulers; it connotes superiority and authority. In the OT its counterpoint is theophoric names containing the word “servant” (e.g., Obadiah, “servant of Yahweh”). The formulation ʾăḏōnāy (“my God”) refers only to Yahweh
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Yahweh
Yahweh [yäˊwə, yäˊwā]. † The covenant name of the God of Israel. According to the biblical account, it is the name by which God identified himself to Moses in the encounter at the burning bush (Exod. 3:14). See I Am Who I Am.Although the meaning of the name remains subject to debate, Yahweh is
Jehovah
Jehovah [jə hōˊvə].† A name of God, devised during the Renaissance by artificially combining the consonants of the name Yahweh (held by the Jews to be unutterable) and the vowels of the substitute name Adonai (“the Lord”). See Yahweh.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Yahweh
YAHWEH יהוהI. Yahweh is the name of the official god of Israel, both in the northern kingdom and in Judah. Since the Achaemenid period, religious scruples led to the custom of not pronoucing the name of Yahweh; in the liturgy as well as in everyday life, such expressions as ‘the →Lord’ (ʾădōnāy,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Yahweh
Yahweh. The Hebrew proper name of the Deity, formerly rendered in English as ‘*Jehovah’. It probably represents the correct original pronunciation of the *Tetragrammaton (q.v.).
Jehovah
Jehovah. A form of the Hebrew Divine Name (more properly ‘*Yahweh’, q.v.), which was popularized at the Renaissance. See tetragrammaton.
Yah
Yah, abbreviation of *Yahweh (q.v.). This form of the word is confined to poetical passages in the OT.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Jah
Jah (Jehovah), the abbreviated form of Jehovah, used only in poetry. It occurs frequently in the Hebrew, but with a single exception, Ps. 68:4, is rendered “Lord” in the Authorized Version. The identity of Jah and Jehovah is strongly marked in two passages of Isaiah—12:2; 26:4. [Jehovah.]
Jehovah
Jeho´vah (I am; the eternal living one). The Scripture appelation of the supreme Being, usually interpreted as signifying self-derived and permanent existence. The Jews scrupulously avoided every mention of this name of God, substituting in its stead one or other of the words with whose proper vowel-points
Key passages
Ex 3:14–15

And God said to Moses, “I am that I am.” And he said, “So you must say to the Israelites, ‘I am sent me to you.’ ” And God said again to Moses, “So you must say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me …

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