God revealed His Name!
(By the way, the term "God" is NOT "pagan"; it's merely a title for ELOHIM in the English language....Don't allow some self-proclaimed armchair "scholar" to tell you otherwise!)
Reader question: I've started reading the Aramaic English New Testament by Andrew Gabriel Roth, and noticed that YHWH's name has been inserted. Although the ancient Greek NT manuscripts do NOT contain Elohim's Personal Name, I was hoping you could tell me whether the Shlichim of Y'shua really added His Father's Name or not in the original autographs, because Revelation 22:18 just came to mind and I am hoping the AENT didn't "add to or subtract from" God's Word. Clarification please!
Excellent question, and the answer is: Several passages in Genesis reveal that YHWH (Yahweh) provided His Name:
Genesis 4: 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh. That is when people began to call upon the name of YHWH.
Genesis 12: 8 He (Avram) left that place, went to the hill east of Beit-El and pitched his tent. With Beit-El to the west and 'Ai to the east, he built an altar there and called on the name of YHWH.
Genesis 21: 33 Avraham planted a tamarisk tree in Be'er-Sheva, and there he called on the name of YHWH, the everlasting God.
YHWH's NAME was never "God" or "ADONAI" or anything else; those were simply TITLES....
We are then told in Exodus that He provided His Name to Moses:
Exodus 3:13-15 Moshe said to God, "Look, when I appear before the people of Isra'el and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you'; and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?" God said to Moshe, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be]," and added, "Here is what to say to the people of Isra'el: 'Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.'" God said further to Moshe, "Say this to the people of Isra'el: 'Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [YHWH, Yahweh], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz'chak and the God of Ya'akov, has sent me to you.'This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.
YHWH in Hebrew is comprised of the letters Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey: God Himself revealed His Name to us, and man has had access to it all along. Ironically, traditional Jews refuse to utter his Name for fear of mispronouncing it or misspelling it, etc, and on the other end of the spectrum, you'll never hear the Father's Name in most Christian churches as they are all concentrating on "Jesus" whom they think came to replace the Father and abolish all his original Divine instructions/teachings....
The Aramaic English New Testament (AENT) (from which the contents of this article were borrowed) was a direct translation of the Khabouris Codex which was written in ALL Aramaic - and includes the correct Name of YHWH. The following explanation on the correct pronunciation of YHWH's Name was borrowed from an appendix in the AENT:
YHWH (yud-hey-vav-hey, pronounced YAH - WEH...because the "vav" takes on an "oo" sound to make it YAH-WEH instead of YAH-VEH) is the Name of the Most High Elohim. Netzari followers of Mashiyach never subscribed to the Rabbinic ban against vocalizing the Name of YHWH. Neither was the pronunciation of the Name lost within Jewish culture. When Torah was translated into Greek, observant Jewish scribes preserved the Name of YHWH by writing "YHWH" with Hebrew characters in the Septuagint. Isaiah 52:5-6 states that the Name of YHWH is "continually every day blasphemed, therefore YHWH’s people shall know His name." This prophecy is nested in Scripture that reveals the "arm of YHWH" who is Mashiyach; therefore, it is Mashiyach Y’shua who brought the knowledge of the Name of YHWH to the world. (Footnote to Matthew 1:20, AENT)
A Jewish gentleman wanted to know why we use the tetragrammaton, and this was our response:
YHWH is our Creator's Name; "God" is just a title. There was never a ban on using the Name; there was a ban on CURSING in the name or abusing it in some way (i.e., attributing something to Him that He never said or did). There are at least 300 incidences in Tanakh where we are commanded to use the Name of YHWH, who accepts no substitutes!
Furthermore, Y'shua called His Father MarYAH (Master Yah) in Tanakh quotes like Psalm 110 and in regular conversation. Y'shua was squarely against the Oral Law that included the ban (Joshua 23:7, Isaiah 42:9).
Even in the Greek NT why do you think everyone was upset with "Before Abraham was I AM"?
Why do we use the tetragrammaton?
- Noach built the ark in the Name of YHWH.
- Avraham declared the Name of YHWH to his 318 trained men.
- Moshe declared the Name of YHWH to Pharaoh.
- King David and all the Prophets declare the Name of YHWH.
- Mashiyach Y'shua and his disciples declared the Name of YHWH.
- The Prophets of YHWH revealed that all the Earth is going to Fear the Name of YHWH.
- But the Pharisees, who insist that the Name of YHWH is too Kadosh (holy) to pronounce, devised a big cover-up conspiracy scandal to hide the Name of YHWH from the world. Rabbinical Judaism uses Elokim, HaShem, Adonai and other “knock-off” substitute titles in violation of the Third Commandment: "You shall not take the Name of YHWH in vain" or distort, or bring it to nothing.
According to Aramaic scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth, the transliteration of YHWH into English is: YHWH...a "W" instead of a "V" because that "vav" in Yud Hey Vav Hey is an "oo" sound. Same thing for Yeshua or Y'shua. Many wish to argue about the transliteration of YHWH and Y'shua - and many will become downright vicious about their preferred spelling of the transliterations!
It is actually wrong to insist that we must spell Mashiyach's Name as "YAHSHUA" because, the fact is, no one who knows Hebrew or Aramaic believes it "has" to be spelled that way. It is dangerous to have a theological issue masquerading as linguistics. In Hebrew, both the long form YEHOSHUA and the short form YESHUA are pointed with a TSERE (AY) NOT a PTAHA (AH). The belief arises from a mistaken idea that "not one yodh" means preserving the YAH sound.
In Hebrew YAH morphs to other sounds in names that contain YHWH/Yahweh. YAH (YHWH) + KHANAN (our mercies) = YOH-KHANAN NOT "Yah-khanan". YAH + EL = YOH-EL (Joel) NOT YAH-EL (which is a separate girl's name - get the picture?)
One thing is for sure: We know that neither YHWH's nor Yeshua's Names were pronounced as "LORD." Doubters need to go to the Western Wall in Jerusalem next Yom Kippur (rabbinic calendar) in the early morning and they will hear pious Jews call on the Name properly, as YAH-WAY. The world doesn't know that we Jews have NOT forgotten His Name in spite of the fact we also conspired to hide it.....
And the Son's name always has a TSERE (eh) not a PATAHA (ah) sound in proper Hebrew pointing. It is the shortened form of YAY-HOE-SHOO-WAH (Joshua) and that pointing does NOT change in truncation. Unfortunately, there are a myriad "experts" who attempt to say otherwise, and this is because they don't understand basic Hebrew morphology.
The YAHSHUA or YAHUSHUA error arises from THEOLOGY and not from sound linguistics or Semitic grammar. The idea is a misapplication of "not one yodh shall pass", where they think wrongly that changing the sound to YAY takes part of YAH's name out. The fact is, YHWH created Hebrew and in that creation He, in His Wisdom, made names that CHANGE the sounds of words.
No serious Hebrew scholar would ever suggest that Moshe's sucessor's name is not YAY-HOE-SHOO-WAH and this is the same etymology of Y'shua, same words "YHWH is salvation". Therefore, if Yehoshua does not come under "not one yodh" and changes its words from YAH to YOH, so much the shortened form of the SAME NAME, YAY-SHOO-WAH.
So, for those who insist on spelling Yeshua as "Yahshua" or even "Yahusha" - go for it! But please don't go around insisting "your way" is the ONLY way, or send death threats to those of us who don't agree with that spelling!
"Conspiracy theory" alert!
Be careful about what you see, read or hear! Many "ear-tickling" teachings are concocted by those who don't necessarily know what they're talking about. They "hear" or "read" something, then put their own twist on it - and, suddenly, it becomes "doctrine."
So, BE CAREFUL about everything you see, read or hear! Please don't allow yourself to be sucked in by self-proclaimed, armchair "experts" who serve to do nothing more than to lead you away from YHWH's Truth!
For instance, there's a "teaching" on the Internet that suggests YHWH's Name supposedly means "Behold hand, behold nail" - and they post the attached meme to "prove" it.
According to Hebrew and Aramaic scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth, the "Behold the Hand Behold the Nail" assertion is not really about YHWH; but rather, it is symbolism and meanings that some Paleo folks think is hidden in the arrangement of the letters.
The VAV/WAW means "hook, hang, nail" - and in the ancient Hebrew form it actually looks kind of like a nail and the reference to it is made in the Torah, where a hook or nail in the Tabernacle is called VAV.
"Yahweh" however, is THIRD person whereas "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh" (I am that I am) is FIRST person. The latter is what Yahweh calls HIMSELF; the former is what we are supposed to call Him, as it parses out to "Yah Who is" or "Yah, He Who exists".
But the third person Name (Yahweh) is on another level "targummed/understood" as referring to the other Name; hence, "I am that I am" when the other Name is linked to it.