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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.]
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(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]
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(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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In Chapter 2, "Naming God," Giles reviews the manners in which God's name is conceived as well as written down on amulets and in literary works as a Tetragrammaton, or the Hebrew name of god composed in four letters as YHWH or JHVH, in the Libro de Alexandre and the Libro de buen amor.
There is a leading belief in Kabbalah that the Tetragrammaton, the four lettered Hebrew name of God, serves as a model for the ideal of spiritual living.
The Tetragrammaton, YHWH, which tries to express god's statement, highlights 'I AM' as 'that which brings into existence whatever exists'.
(ISAIAH 11:9) Rather than Elokah, Isaiah uses here the name Havayah (the Tetragrammaton, the transcendent name of G-d).
Varady, Aharon, 2006, "Rejoining Tetragrammaton," accessed on August 5, 2006, http:// aharon.varady.net/omphalos/2006/05/rejoining-tetragrammaton.
It is also interesting to note that the name of God in Hebrew is YHWH (or Yahweh) which is translated as "Tetragrammaton" from Greek.
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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Tetragrammaton: Western Christians and the Hebrew Name of God: From the Beginnings to the Seventeenth Century