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A False Name for God

Jehovah's Witnesses place enormous importance on calling God by the Name 'Jehovah'  Hence their very name. They say that unless God is addressed as 'Jehovah' He will not respond. As this section shows God never ever gave Himself that name. It is a relatively recent corruption. (this section will be a shock to many Christians also!)

JEHOVAH -"False reading of Hebrew YAHWEH." - WEBSTER'S COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY

JEHOVAH -"Intended as a transliteration of Hebrew YAHWEH, the vowel points of Hebrew ADHONAY (my lord) being erroneously substituted for those of YAHWEH,' from the fact that in some Hebrew manuscripts the vowel points of ADHONAY (used as a euphemism for YAHWEH) were written under the consonants YHWH of YAHWEH to indicate that ADHONAY was to be substituted in oral reading for YAHWEH. Jehovah is a Christian transliteration of the tetragrammaton long assumed by many Christians to be the authentic reproduction of the Hebrew sacred name for God but now recognised to be a late hybrid form never used by the Jews."
- WEBSTER'S THIRD NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY

JEHOVAH GOD -"a supreme deity recognised and the only deity worshipped by Jehovah's Witnesses." - WEBSTER'S THIRD NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY

JEHOVAH -"is an erroneous form of the name of the God of Israel."  - ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA

JEHOVAH -"the pronunciation "Jehovah" is an error resulting among Christians from combining
the consonants YHWH with the vowels of ADHONAY” - ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA
   
JEHOVAH -"False form of the divine name YAHWEH." - NEW CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPAEDIA

JEHOVAH -"is a mispronunciation of the Hebrew YHWH the name of God.
This pronunciation is grammatically impossible. The form "Jehovah" is a philological impossibility." - THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPAEDIA (p. 160)

JEHOVAH -"an erroneous pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, or four-lettered name of God made up of the Hebrew letters Yod He Vav He. The word "Jehovah" therefore, is a misreading for which there is no warrant and which makes no sense in Hebrew." - THE UNIVERSAL JEWISH ENCYCLOPAEDIA

JEHOVAH -" is an erroneous form of the divine name of the covenant God of Israel."
- THE NEW SCHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPAEDIA

JEHOVAH -"is an artificial form" - THE INTERPRETERS DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE

JEHOVAH -"the vowels of one word with the consonants of the other were misread as
"Jehovah"." - ENCYCLOPAEDIA INTERNATIONAL

JEHOVAH -"is an inaccurate reconstruction of the name of God in the Old Testament."
- MERITS STUDENT ENCYCLOPAEDIA

YHWH - "When Christian scholars of Europe first began to study Hebrew, they did not understand what this really meant, and they introduced the hybrid name "Jehovah" . . . THE TRUE PRONUNCIATION OF THE NAME YHWH WAS NEVER LOST. Several early Greek writers of the Christian church testify that the name was pronounced "YAHWEH". This is confirmed, at least for the vowel of the first syllable of the name, by the shorter form yah,which is sometimes used in poetry (e.g. Ex. 15:2) ... The personal name of God of Israel is written in the Hebrew Bible with the four consonants YHWH and is referred to as the "Tetragrammaton." At least until the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. this name was regularly pronounced with its proper vowels, as is clear from the Lachish Letters, written shortly before that date." - ENCYCLOPAEDIA  JUDAICA (Jerusalem) p. 680 Vol. 7

Note:  As shown above the proper Name for God is 'YAHWEH' from the letters 'YHWH' - most Bibles will explain this in their introductory pages.

 

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