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The four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH or JHVH, used as a biblical proper name for God.

[Middle English Tetragramaton, from Greek tetragrammaton, four-letter word, from neuter of tetragrammatos, four-lettered : tetra-, tetra- + gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Bible) Bible the Hebrew name for God revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 3), consisting of the four consonants Y H V H (or Y H W H) and regarded by Jews as too sacred to be pronounced. It is usually transliterated as Jehovah or Yahweh. Sometimes shortened to: Tetragram
[C14: from Greek, from tetragrammatos having four letters, from tetra- + gramma letter]


(ˌtɛ trəˈgræm əˌtɒn)

the Hebrew word for God, consisting of the four letters yod, he, vav, and he, transliterated consonantally usu. as YHVH, now pronounced as Adonai in substitution for the original pronunciation forbidden since the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Compare Yahweh.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Greek tetragrámmaton, n. use of neuter of tetragrámmatos having four letters]
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Noun1.Tetragrammaton - four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) signifying the Hebrew name for God which the Jews regarded as too holy to pronounce
tetragram - a word that is written with four letters in an alphabetic writing system
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The Tetragrammaton, YHWH, which tries to express god's statement, highlights 'I AM' as 'that which brings into existence whatever exists'.
Varady, Aharon, 2006, "Rejoining Tetragrammaton," accessed on August 5, 2006, http:// aharon.
The study will focus especially on the Christian Kabbalistic reading of the Tetragrammaton, the Pentagrammaton, and the Trigrammaton, i.
To preserve the idea that when the Tetragrammaton is used in the Bible it refers to God's name, the author always translates it as YHVH (p.
David's discovery of the name of God, written in The Path of Names in the traditional tetragrammaton of YHWH, sets the story in motion, resulting in his exile from New York and the intersection of Dahlia's and David's narratives through the shared space of Avara Camp.
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So, the God of Abraham will be called Yahweh, a widely accepted vocalization of the ancient Hebrew tetragrammaton, four letters probably derived from the Hebrew verb "to be" and Latinized as YHWH, and substituted for the actual name of God, the utterance of which could bring untold wrath.
He considers such topics as the Tetragrammaton in Jewish pre-Christian biblical texts in Greek and Hebrew, the Tetragrammaton among Gnostics and magicians in late antiquity, the Tetragrammaton in private devotion and magic in the Middle Ages, the Tetragrammaton in Renaissance magic and among the later Christian Kabbalists, and the demystification of language and the triumph of philology.
In this essay I will follow the convention used by the NASB and gloss the tetragrammaton as LORD in small caps.
Where Schaya veers into mystical explication -- of the meaning of the Tetragrammaton, the manifestations of the sefirot, or the numerical significance of the Arabic construction of "Allah" -- his work does become dense, but the artistry of his arguments still warrants admiration.
Chapter 1, "Different Names of God," is an analytical discussion focusing on the mis/understand-ing and mis/usage of the two basic names for the Israelite God in the Hebrew Bible, namely, the grammatically plural ending Elohim (God/Gods) and the mystery surrounding the sacramental activity of the high priest related to the tetragrammaton YHTVH (Lord).
Among Jews, for instance, the name of God (the Tetragrammaton, YHWH) is a strict taboo, and similar taboos exist among Christians and other religious groups, too.