Yet they are mirror images of each other; while the text addressing the milah begins with the appellation of YHVH
and ends with that of Elohim, with respect to the akedah the order is reversed.
This name--Allah for Muslims and YHVH
for Jews--differs from all the other names that are just philosophical terms for a universal aspect or role of God.
Ed Noort, a Dutch scholar, has called this passage "the most peculiar sentence on the role of torah [sic] in the Hebrew Bible," noting that"[i]t is YHVH
himself who provides the laws leading to death instead of life.
In addition to using the word YHVH
for God's name, author J calls Sinai God's mountain and stresses Southern Israel.
When he said "before Abraham was, I am," he was speaking of the first Holy Name of G -- d, Ehieh, translated "I am," which precedes the second Holy Name, YHVH
, Jehovah ("I am that I am"), the God of Abraham.
The name E-l Shad-dai reveals miracles bounded in nature, while the name YHVH
reveals boundless supernatural miracles.
One peculiarity of this volume is the rendering of the Divine Name (the tetragrammaton) as YHVH
instead of the proper YHWH, for the letter "vav" of modern Hebrew was pronounced as a "w" in Biblical Hebrew, as indeed Prof.
Yehuda Sirilion at Berakhot 53b from the late twelfth- or early thirteenth-century record the numerological explanation that the value of amen, 91, equals that of YHVH
and Adonay (26+65).
At the frontal lobes God is creator and commander, mother and nurturer, or any image we choose; in the limbic system YHVH
is my rock, my milk, my rosemary leaf, and words are short-circuited by the body's allegiance.