American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH or JHVH, used as a biblical proper name for God.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A complex of four letters: applied to the mystic name Jehovah (see Jehovah) as written with four Hebrew letters, and sometimes transferred to other similar combinations.
- n. The four Hebrew letters יהוה (in transliteration, YHWH or JHVH) used as the ineffable name of God in the Hebrew Bible, variously transliterated as Yahweh or Jehovah.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The mystic number four, which was often symbolized to represent the Deity, whose name was expressed by four letters among some ancient nations
- n. 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
- From Ancient Greek τετραγράμματον ("four-letter word"), neuter gender of τετραγράμματος ("having four letters"). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Tetragrammaton is called ‘ineffable’ not because it cannot be spoken, but because in no way can it be bounded by human sense and intellect; therefore because nothing can be said worthy of it, it is ineffable.”
“Microprosopos is the second garment or interposed medium, with respect to the Elder Most Holy, who is the name Tetragrammaton; and he is called”
“VII. i.16: Ninth, the Tetragrammaton, that is, the ‘four letters’ that in Hebrew are properly applied to God — iod, he, iod, he — that is ‘Ia’ twice, which when doubled forms the ineffable and glorious name God.”
“The Name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush, known as the Tetragrammaton Hebrew: אהיה אשר אהיה, pronounced Ehyeh asher ehyeh, is an explosively economical expression of both who God is in himself and his grace toward his people.”
“Tetragrammaton," the Word or name of God (Jehovah), which, throughout the Jewish race for thousands of years, was held to be so sacred that they did not dare to utter it aloud.”
“Rabbinic exegetes derive the prohibition also from Ex., iii, 15; but this argument cannot stand the test of the laws of sober hermeneutics (cf. Drusius, "Tetragrammaton", 8-10, in "Critici”
“It was sort of like the Tetragrammaton of literature.”
“As her reward, her daughters married kohanim, the sons born to them served at the altar, and they entered the Temple and blessed Israel with the Tetragrammaton.”
“The midrash says that by this act Judah publicly sanctified the Name of God and therefore merited having the Tetragrammaton included within his name (BT Sotah 10b).”
“There is no evidence of blasphemy in the strict sense defined in later Rabbinic standards unless "Power" indicates that Jesus pronounced the Tetragrammaton.”
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