Sunday, September 28, 2008

On the NAME of GOD: LORD, YHVH, YHWH

Protestant Evangelicals and not a few Catholics have got used to seeking to pronounce the revealed NAME of God, Hebrew YHWH, by adding vowels so that it becomes YAHWEH One hears this usage in talks, sermons and prayers.

It is wholly against Jewish tradition and theology and also contrary to the historic way of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The present Pope/Vatican via one of the Vatican Offices has issued a Letter on this topic which is most useful for both Catholics and Protestants. It commends and explains the historic, classic Christian approach and I commend it to my friends.


Here is the link for the CDF directive 'on the name of God'

http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/NameOfGod.pdf

2 comments:

The Rev'd Drew Collins said...

My late Old Testament professor at Erskine Theological Seminary, William H.F. Kuykendall, used to tell the story of a Gentile student inadvertantly pronouncing the Tetragrammaton during a Hebrew reading class at Johns Hopkins University. The professor, an Orthodox Jew, covered his ears, exclaimed "Oy," grabbed his hat and coat, and ran from the classroom -- he considered his sinful human ears unworthy of hearing the Divine Name!

Whether or not that is required or not may be debatable, but most modern Christians err on the side of extreme chumminess with the Almighty.

Mark Carroll said...

Dear PBS Web Editor:

What does the Prayer Book Society say on the use of Jehovah liturgically?

How shall we deal with our own Prayer Book with Psalm 83 which is Coverdale's translation from the Latin and the name of God based on YHVH?

"And they shall know that thou, whose Name is JEHOVAH art only the Most Highest over all the earth."

Although the RC ruling would say that Jehovah should not be used liturgically, we have it, and it came from a "sixteenth century German Christian scribe, [who] while transliterating the Bible into Latin for the Pope, wrote the Name out as it appeared in his texts, with the consonants of YHVH and the vowels of Adonai, and came up with the word JeHoVaH, and the name stuck."
[ http://www.jewfaq.org/name.htm ]

Thanks

Mark Carroll