By Robert J Wilkinson

The Christian Reception of the Hebrew identify of God has now not formerly been defined in such element and over such a longer interval. This paintings locations that diverse reception in the context of early Jewish and Christian texts; Patristic reports; Jewish-Christian relationships; Mediaeval proposal; the Renaissance and Reformation; the historical past of Printing; and the advance of Christian Hebraism. The contribution of notions of the Tetragrammaton to orthodox doctrines and debates is uncovered, as is the contribution its examine made to non-orthodox innovative constructs and theologies. Gnostic, Kabbalistic, airtight and magical texts are given both particular attention. There emerge from this sustained and designated exam numerous ordinary issues about the hassle of naming God, his being and his windfall.

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C. Thiselton, “The Supposed Power of Words in the Biblical Writings,” Journal of Theological Studies 25 (1974), 283–299. Most famously, perhaps, Jurgen Moltmann, The Crucified God (London, 2001). Terence Fretheim, The Suffering of God (Overtures to Biblical Theology) (Philadelphia, 1984), pp. 99–100, notes biblical concern about the name of God with a commandment to protect the name of God (Exod. 20:7 cf. Lev. 29:12). He considers the giving of a name to open the way to a certain intimacy of relationship.

149–156, plate XLVIII. The Tetragrammaton also appeared on inscriptions from the collection of Scheich Mousaïeff, which the Israel Antiquities Authority has subsequently deemed fake: P. , “Deux Ostraca Paleo-Hebrew de la Collection Sh. Moussaieff,” Semitica 46 (1997), 49–76, and plates 7 and 8. 99 Evidently the Lord had not only acquired a wife, but also appears to have been associated with the Egyptian creator Chum. B. Becking, “Die Gottheiten der Juden in Elephantine,” in Der eine Gott und die Götter: Polytheismus und Monotheismus im antiken Israel, eds.

Michael Allen (London, 2011); Saner, YHWH. Den Hertog, The Other Face of God. 28 Introduction Other Forms of the Name Before considering explanations of yhwh which do not involve recourse to the verb “to be,” we should note a relevant complication. The name yhwh appears in two forms in the Hebrew Bible. A shorter form, yh (Yah), occurs in poetry and once in prose (Exod. c. 94 This is of interest because their pronunciation seems to anticipate that of early Septuagint transcriptions of the name—if we are to accept that they originally wrote iaô.

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