Tetragrammaton

tetragrammatonThe Tetragrammaton is a term applied to the four Hebrew letters, YHWH, that make up the name of God as revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14-15. "And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM; and He said, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you. 15 God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD [YHWH], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations." YHWH makes up the base of the verb "to be" from which God designated His own name as "I AM." In English the letters are basically equivalent to YHWH. It is from these four letters that the name of God is derived and has been rendered as Yahweh and Jehovah. The true pronunciation of God's name has been lost through lack of use because the Jews, who were first given the name of God, would not pronounce it out of their awe and respect for God.

 
 
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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.