Ex. vi., 2—8. The communication recorded in that passage, was made to Moses when, having failed to influence Pharaoh to suffer the people to depart, he complains to God of his ill success, and the Almighty pledges himself to effect their deliverance, and to bring them into the land promised to their fathers; “ for by a strong hand shall be send them away, and by a strong band shall he drive them out from his land.”*—“ And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I [am] YHWH : and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as ‘God Almighty’; but by my name ‘YHWH’ I was not known unto them.
Quotes and points below from text found on Exo 6:2-8:
Title: Genesis Elucidated -A new translation from the Hebrew, compared with the Samaritan text and the Septuagint and Syriac versions, with notes.
By John Jervis-White Jervis (A.B. of Trinity College, Dublin.)
January 1, 1852 S. Bagster & Sons
FIND REASONS SECULAR SCHOLARS AND RABBIS DO NOT USE HIS REAL NAME BELOW. WE WILL DISCUSS WHY YOU SHOULD USE IT IN MANY OTHER ARTICLES.
- “So excessive was the awe in which the Jews held this Name—even before the time when the Septuagint Version was made.”
- “Philo, in his life of Moses, calls it “the Name which it is lawful only to those who are purified in ear and tongue to hear or to pronounce, and that, in the sanctuary; but to no other, by any means whatever.”
- “And if any did not altogether blaspheme against the Lord of men and angels, but even presumed to utter his Name unseasonably, he should abide the sentence of death.” ~Josephus (This (also) refers to the use of the name YHVH among the Roman overseers. It was illegal for the Hebrews or Jews to call upon the NAME OF THEIR JEWISH GOD. Caesar— was their new GOD. Flauvis was instrumental in squelching the real name. The Flauvis Cesars later became conspirators in the movement for a replacement “Roman” Messiah.)
- “The Talmud, in like manner, thus pronounces: “ Moreover, whoso [speaks] the Name by its letters hath no part in the world to come.”
- “And Maimonides informs us that the priest in the Temple “ announces the Name by the enumeration of its letters, and that is the Name which is pronounced by Yod, Hé, Waw, Hé ; so much so, that it is called, in consequence, the ‘ Name Analyzed.’ In every place and province, they express it by its synonym, ‘AnnonAui” (Loan), for they do not mention the Name by the enumeration of its letters in any other place but in the sanctuary only. Nay even, since the death of Simeon the Just, the priests have discontinued to bless by the Name Analyzed, even in the Sanctuary itself, lest any one should learn it, who was not respectable and of good report.”
- “ This Name was not pronounced but in the Sanctuary; nor even then, but by the consecrated priests of God, in giving the priest’s blessing, and by the high-priest himself, on the day of fasting.”
- Theodoret says: “And this [Name] is called by the Hebrews ‘ Unutterable,’ for it is forbidden with them to profer it in speech.” Thus, wherever this Name occurs in Scripture, it is furnished with the vowel-points of the word “Adhé nau’i,”
- “This practice probably dates as early as the Babylonian captivity. The first who pronounced the Name YHWH with the vowels which it exhibits in the codices e. with the vowels of the word “Adonai,” was Galatinus, a writer of the sixteenth century. – But, although the pronunciation of the Name was generally unknown to the vulgar, it was handed down by oral tradition among the learned Jews, as we are informed by Maimonides, who says: “ We have received commandment concerning the priestly blessing; and, with it, concerning the Name YHVVH, by the enumeration of its letters, that is, the Name Analyzed: for it was not made known to every man how YHWH should be pronounced, or with what vowel its several letters were to be preferred, or whether any letter was to be doubled. But the wise men imparted it to each other, that is, the mode of pronunciation: yet they taught it to no man but to a disciple of good report, once in the week.” THE PASSAGE
- “The communication recorded in that passage, was made to Moses when, having failed to influence Pharaoh to suffer the people to depart, he complains to God of his ill success, and the Almighty pledges himself to effect their deliverance, and to bring them into the land promised to their fathers; “ for by a strong hand shall he send them away, and by a strong hand shall he drive them out from his land.”
- “This passage may be considered as settling with accuracy and precision the real meaning of the name YHWH. It is to be remembered, that God declares himself to Moses not only as a Deliverer, but, especially, as the Fulfill-er” of a promise. This promise was, to give the land of Canaan to the elect race of Abraham. He therefore particularly declares himself to them the transitive sense of “causing to be,” or “bringing to pass ; thus denoting the “ fulfillment ” of promise. Now let us examine how the passage will elucidate this meaning. God, ﬁrst of all, declares that he was not known to the patriarchs by the name of YAHAwEH, but that he had appeared to them only as “ God Almighty.” To account for this statement, recourse has been had to the supposition, that the Name itself was unknown before the time of Moses, and that the sacred historian used it in the early records of Genesis, only by way of identifying Him in whose name he had received a special mission, with the God of the ancient patriarchs. But let it be well considered, that this theory is not only gratuitous and unfounded, but lies open to the passage becomes at once clear and well-deﬁned. God does not say, that the patriarchs were unacquainted with the Name, but that he was not “known” to them by that name; that is, as having fulfilled what he had promised to them, and what was implied in the significance of the Name.”
“They trusted in God as the Almighty and the Faithful, but had not seen his character displayed as the “ Accomplish-er” of the glorious purposes which they were confident he had in store for them.” But when God sent Moses to the Children of Israel, it was in order to bring them into the promised land, to give them the inheritance of it: therefore, with the strictest accuracy of expression, He begins and concludes his announcement to Moses in these words, “I am YA’uAwEH,”—“ THE Accomplish-er.”