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 (yä′wĭst) also Yah·vist (-vĭst)
The putative author of the earliest sources of the Hexateuch in which God is consistently referred to by the Tetragrammaton.

Yah′wism n.
Yah·wis′tic adj.


(ˈjɑːwɪzəm) or




(ˈjɑːvɪzəm) or


(Bible) the use of the name Yahweh, esp in parts of the Old Testament, as the personal name of God


(ˈyɑ wɪz əm)

also Yah•vism


the worship of Yahweh or the religious system based on such worship.


1. the worship of Yahweh (Jehovah).
2. the act or custom of naming Jehovah Yahweh.
See also: Judaism
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In an advisory posted on its website, the agency cautioned consumers against using 'Dok Apo Better Vision 15 mL' eye drops, allegedly manufactured by Yahwism Health and Beauty Products.
Nevertheless, although both henotheistic Yahwism and a diverse polytheism co-existed for some time until after the exile, Hess emphasizes pieces such as the seventh-century Ketef Hinnom amulets to demonstrate the strength of Israelite monotheism.
From the nameless God of an illiterate Bronze Age desert nomad we have received the innumerable sects, branches, cults, and bastard children of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the inarguably impressive influence that faith in this God continues to exert in world affairs today--but let us pause at the outset to get ourselves away from the danger of clumsy sectarian nomenclatures and establish the term Yahwism for that great collection of beliefs, practices, and rituals that owe their ultimate origin to the fantastical divine lord of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham.
His proposal that Yahwism bound the Hebrew people together at least as early as the late thirteenth or early twelfth centuries, if not earlier (200), is based on the so-called old poetry in the Hebrew Bible, but without detailed study.
3) Ezekiel's depiction of YHVH giving Israel "laws leading to death" is consistent with Noort's view that in contemporary scholarship, "[t]he picture of the black-and-white oppositions between Baalism and Yahwism has disappeared.
He ponders such matters as the Aramaic papyri and bullae, the face of the Persian empire and its administration, Yahwism and the question of government in Yehud, and concepts of theocracy.
Yahwism is not traditional Judaism, and a Jew is rarely a Yahwist these days.
Substantial points of difference remain, however, related to the gulf that existed between Egyptian religion and the revelatory theology of Yahwism.
Written by Andre Lemaire (professor of Hebrew and Aramaic philology and epigraphy), The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism is a scholarly, serious-minded examination of the concept of a single, universal God, as traced from its precursor in the religion of ancient Israel through the evolution of classic monotheism during Babylonian Exile and beyond.
The Israelites did not find difficulty in identifying Yahweh with El, hence we find that existent El-shrines, where Israel's ancestors had worshipped, were freely adopted into Yahwism.
In Cross's view, the optimistic pro-Josianic writer or writers framed Israel's history with certain key themes: covenantal Yahwism, condemnation of foreign alliances, cultic practices, gods, support for the Davidic dynasty, and emphasis on the Jerusalem temple and its centralized sacrificial cult.
Patriarchal Narratives and Mosaic Yahwism, Overtures to Biblical Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1992).