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Appendix I The pronunciation of the tetragrammaton

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Most scholars think the correct pronunciation of Tetragrammaton is Yahweh. Moore has supported the correctness of that pronunciation by observing Theodoret's Greek pronunciation. Further precautions against pronouncing the Name were taken by abbreviations. In some Rabbinic literature, for instance, some specific abbreviations were used. The Tetragrammaton was used and spelled with majuscule letters, whereas the rest of the text was spelled in minuscules. The Masoretic text used the vocalizations hu and hi for words that, according to Arabic or Hebrew of the Dead Sea texts, were followed with an ah sound. The Masoretes, themselves, may have pronounced the final ah sounds, even though they did not write the consonants needed in Dead Sea ScroIl Hebrew to indicate the final vowel. As in Arabic, they may have pronounced vowels after the final consonants.

Keywords: Greek pronunciation; majuscule letters; Rabbinic literature; Tetragrammaton; Theodoret; Yahwe



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