There is probably not a single person alive who isn’t familiar with the word “Hallelujah”. We’ve all heard this word repeated time and again in various contexts. Hallelujah is a Hebrew loan word, incorporated into the English language from Hebrew. But what does this word mean in Hebrew?

The word “Hallelujah” (הללויה) is actually a compound word (two individual Hebrew words put together): “Hallelu” (הללו) and “Yah” (יה). “Hallelu” is an exhortation to a group people to praise someone or something. The old English translation of “Praise, ye” is, therefore, a very accurate translation.

“Yah” (יה) is a version of  “YHVH” (יהוה) – an English transliteration of the covenant name of Israel’s God. Jewish belief holds that this name is too holy to be pronounced at all. In fact, no one really knows how to pronounce it correctly. Ancient Hebrew did not use vowels, but only consonants. In translating “YHVH,”, both Jewish and Christian translators substituted the word “Lord” –  a rough translation of another Hebrew name for God (אֲדונָי) – Adonai. To signify that “YHVH” was the original Hebrew word used in the text – it was printed in “all capitals,” (LORD and not simply “Lord”) in English translations.

For many centuries, Jewish people have traditionally referred to this most holy name of God by using the Hebrew word,HaShem” (literally, “The Name”). Occasionally, they would substitute even the longer Hebrew phrases for God’s covenant name, such as “HaKadosh Baruch Chu” (Holy One, Blessed be He).

Today’s modern Christ followers are divided over the appropriateness of the English translation (LORD). Some prefer to pronounce the actual covenant name of God (forbidden to be spoken in Judaism) believing that this makes their faith more authentic and original. Others continue with the more traditional Jewish/Christian ways of expressing their devotion. Join me and discover the practical simplicity of Hebrew Language. Understand how it speaks in through simple imagery, yet says so much.

BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

216 COMMENTS

  1. “No matter on which side of the debate we find ourselves, we must affirm the necessary authenticity and Israelite character of our modern prayers without losing sight of the graciousness of Israel’s God who is far more concerned about our hearts than about our grammar.” This is the most important: God who is far more concerned about our hearts than about our grammar. Thank you!

    • My comment comes late, and out of season, so to speak. Yet, I’ll share it all the same. A number of passages in the holy scriptures focus on the holy name in a way that makes “grammar” exceptionally important! Zachariah 14:9 “And YHWH shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one YHWH, and his name one.” One name only?! What is that name? For we are in the last days! Is it not the same name Yahweh declared to be his “name forever” in Exodus 3:15?

      • Agree wholeheartedly. Also would like to point out that the word “HalleluYah” proves that at least the first part of His Name has not only been preserved but also is to be spoken! Why are those who believe otherwise willing to say HalleluYAH knowing that they are pronouncing His Name? The universal use and pronunciation of HalleluYah strikes me as additional wonderful supernatural proof that He has intervened and ensured that we would praise Him everywhere and praise His Kadosh Name as well! HalleluYah!

        • I ❤️ what you said Shalom Dickson, and to add, through Jesus, we are more than conquerors. We are joint heirs and have the high and Holy privilege of referring to our Heavenly Father as ABBA!!! HalleluYAH!!!! 💜💜💜

        • it is not a contraction of Yehova, Iovah where jehovah comes from is the name of the masonic demon, Yah is the diminutive poetic for Yahweh and according to the King messiah (mashiaj) he would reveal it to his people and the born again believer would also know his name YAHOSHUA

        • The “Jah” at the end of Hallelujah is the same Jah at the end of Elijah, and “ah” at Isaiah, Jeremiah, and other names I can’t remember at this time. The El in Elijah is the same El in Eli, Daniel, Samuel, Michael, and other names I can’t remember.

      • Psalm 91 is for the protection we pray now for beginning of end time. The LORD of hosts is His name, if I remember it correctly. (Sorry, I got massed up by occult. I’ve to go away from home to pray about it tomorrow.)

      • In Exodus 3:15, YHWH didn’t affirm that his name was YHWH but rather said his name (Shem) was… “YHWH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzak and Yakov sent me unto you: this is my Name forever and my memorial unto all generations”. Understanding that the word “Shem” (name) is the idea of the “definite and conspicuous position, mark of individuality, distinguishing character and characteristic, the renown or reputation of the person”. YHWH said his name (distinguishing essence of His being, His DNA) was COVENANT.” His “memorial (zeker: דכר) what was to be mentioned and referred to forever.

        • Hebrew originally pronounced the sixth letter as waw as in wheel, but under German and Russian influence it Ashkenazi dialects turned it into vav as in veal, as it is in Modern Hebrew today. All other sister languages to Hebrew (Phoenician, Syriac, Arabic) historically or currently pronounce it as waw.

          • Mister Eli, God name is YAHuah. Question for you, what is min next: Elion ? El ? YHWH- Elohim ? Only Elohim min God’s plural

          • El means “strength/might.” Elohim is either plural “mighty ones”=gods, or it is a “majestic plural” for the one God of Israel meaning “very mighty one.” (You can differentiate between the two by looking at the number in the verb. Elyon comes from a different root in Hebrew meaning “high/lofty”. YHWH-Elohim means “the very mighty and ever-present God.”

          • All my Hebrew scholars say V was original Hebrew and only 3 communities corrupted it to W! Many bible names begin with yeho and to change violated grammar rules!

          • I’d suggest reviewing Greek Septuagint transliterations of Hebrew proper nouns containing a consonantal vav within the Tanakh. If that isn’t enough evidence for you, ask and I’ll provide more. 🙂

          • We are very happy that you’ve joined our discussion forum. Would you believe that these articles are only a taste of what Israel Bible Center has to offer? We also provide comprehensive teaching on a variety of biblical, historical, and cultural topics. You might begin with The Story of Our Hebrew Fathers: Abraham and Isaac or The Jewish Apostle Paul I: His World. You’ll be amazed at the Jewish world that awaits you. Don’t delay another minute: enroll now!

          • Well, doing the best you can is all God will expect. Pronouncing His name “correctly” doesn’t make a person more holy or righteous. (What about mutes or people with a lisp?) Rather, doing what is right in God’s eyes and loving others makes a person more holy.

      • NG
        Thank you Dr. Yahka. I just want you to know that I read your comment and agree with you. His Covenant Name means Power whether we speak or think the Name because He inhabits the Name. Hallelu'Yah!

        Thank you Dr. Yahka. I just wanted you to know that I read your comment and agree with you. His Covenant Name means Power whether we speak or think the Name because He inhabits the Name. Hallelu’Yah!

        • YAH CONTRACTION OF Y(ehov)ah. ehov is omitted leaving Yah as done in contracted forms. YEHOVAH is name handed down for centuries by Jewish priests to preserve name with accent on last syllable. Many bible names exist beginning with Yeho. Yahweh came from Roman Jupiter.

    • More on the exceptional importance of “grammar”. The messianic Psalm 22:22 prophesies: “I will declare thy name unto my brethren…” Did the Messiah fulfill this prophecy? John 17:25-26 says: “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” What name is he talking about? Not the eternal name of Exodus 3:15, the name Yahweh?

          • Yeshua/Jesus is the only begotten of the Father. As Yeshua declares I am in the Father – declaring onesness-And the father is in me- declaring the same DNA oneness with God Thus – Jesus and Yahweh are one and the same “You are to give him the name Emmanuel-

          • Craig, Jesus also said that WE are in HIM and in GOD, so where does that leave you? If ‘being in’ someone denotes identity, then we all share your ‘DNA oneness’ with God.

      • The full proper name Yeshua is Yehoshua and means Yehovah is salvation and therefore contains the Father’s name Yehovah (YHVH). The Hebrew name of Christ was shortened to Yeshua after the Babylonian captivity. No J in Hebrew and name Jesus first appeared in 17th century.

        • Actually, no one knows for sure what Jesus was called in Hebrew or Aramaic! We have only the Greek New Testament to tell us his name, and the Greek rendering, Iesous, is the way they would write either Yehoshua or Yeshua.

          • Well, more accurately would be that the Jews returning from the Babylonian exile pronounced Yehoshua as Yeshua, and therefore by the time it was translated to Greek for the Septuagint, both names were identical. That along with the testimony of the second century Peshitta, and the writings of Ephrem the Syrian, we can be rather certain that His mother and friends called Him Yeshua, meaning “he will save”.

          • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Exodus and The New Testament and The Revelation in a Jewish Context II : Discovery. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

    • I am not a student of the Israel Bible Center, but because I do get emails all the time and read the different comments, I felt lead to make a comment. From what I was taught “Hallelujah” is the highest praise that we can give to the LORD. HE so worthy of all the praise and mere words no matter the origin cannot begin to touch or describe HIM. We must be thankful that he considered any of us, let alone created us. I truly understand King David and appreciate his dedication to Almighty GOD Our Father.

    • Our grammar expresses what is in our hearts. It would not be appropriate to disrespect the LORD and claim that the heart, on the other hand, does respect him. The grammar cannot be separated from what is in the heart. This is why it is important to learn the correct grammar so that we do not err unknowingly.

    • I used to ask the angels in the heaven to praise God. Our worship & praise music has successfully changed “Praise ye the LORD” to “Praising You God.” Doesn’t the scripture says perfect praises come from the babes? The pure heart of brand new spiritually born-again babes. O the joy of salvation! Praise be our Lord Jesus Yeshua.

    • I agree with your comment. I see how man/woman & lucifer(satan) take alot of people’s focus off of our main PURPOSE & GOAL as we were commanded by our LORD JESUS (Y’SHUA ADONAI) to go & preach the GOSPEL to every creature & make disciples.
      🇮🇱🕊🔥SHALOM🔥🕊🇺🇸☝️

    • It might be useful to check the recent work of Nehemia Gordon. He has found many instances of ancient sources listing the name of YHVH with vowel points. We should no longer be hesitant to use the mighty name of YHVH as He has commanded us to do.

      • Vowel pointing was developed in the middle-ages, centuries after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. Using vowel-pointing to confirm the pronunciation of something in Biblical times is like throwing a dart and then drawing a target around it.

      • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including The Stories of Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity and Jewish Insights Into Scriptures I. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

    • First. I am a Christian, but I also have immense respect for our older brothers who still are faithful followers of the religion that God gave Moses. I would suggest that you are more than 1/2 correct but that words and their meaning are also important. In the United States of the 21st Century, our names really don’t have a meaning; they are mearly sounds to distinguish us from someone else. That is often not the case in other cultures or in the past. The name that God told Moses was His Name has a meaning that is extremely important

    • Human embellishment is what we add to the original form. Why say what ought not to be said when the people to whom Hashem revealed Himself already discovered how best to talk to Him. If our devotion is based on Scripture, then it is hard to depart from the unembellished form.

  2. I see that the covenant name of God was “too holy to be pronounced at all”. I am wondering if the meaning for some could be deeper than grammar. I see in Rev 2:13 “you hold fast to my name (HaShem?)”. This seems to be linked to the word “hidden manna” (Rev 2:17). Could unpronounceable also mean that God is hidden?

    • I believe our indwelling knows us & all our prayers / being unable, go through Him. Yes, I hold fast to the name “O LORD my God” when much occult attack fiercely & I am alone & no where to hide. The LORD is my Refuge & His very present helps in time of trouble. So be very careful to “Love the LORD your God w all your heart.”

  3. I believe, with much respect without offending the people of Israel, that the Jew does not follow the first commandment: “Love God above all things”. They worry a lot if they can pronounce the name of YHWH. How can I say to my Father: Lord instead of Father, or Adonai instead of YAWE, a father is loved, because the one who loves him, keeps the greatest of all respects.

    • This is an incredibly myopic restatement of Dr. Eli’s comment and could be construed to be anti-Semitic. I have known a lot of Jews who are legalistic beyond measure and I have been blessed by friendships with many Jews who love the LORD above all else. We must not make sweeping dogmatic statements about any group. Jews are careful about the LORD’s name is that they believe it is sacred and any mispronunciation, defacing, or personal manipulation of it are an affront to God. You aren’t God, but would you like me to call you Joooowahn? I’m a former Rabbi.

        • Yes, it sounds like that. But, not to be overly invasive, YOU, too, Dr. Eli, may have one to tell, which I have wanted to hear. Blessings, Jane M. (since I noticed there seems another “Jane” w/in your readership, maybe more, since common name).

      • Sometimes one builds fences that are not needed! The Messiah said some cast aside the Father’s commandments that they might keep the traditions of men. Again, he said some threw away the key to the kingdom, neither going in, nor letting others go in. Yes, the Father’s sacred name should be hallowed – “hallowed be thy name”. But it is hallowed by staying away from sin in general as we find in Psalm 15, not by fleeing from the name.

        • We all come to the Creator , ignorant, with incompetent knowledge and humbled. Our Heavenly Father comes down to our level in our ignorance to bring us to his level. He does not want us to continue to be ignorant but to grow in our knowledge.

          • Men wan us to continue to be ignorant . Heavenly Father wants us to call on his name ,YahWeh . If we take his name in vane it make no difference to him , he is who he is. It is for our sake that we don’t take his name

          • In vain . It is false humility to believe that we shouldn’t say his name. He gave us his name so we can know him personally. In this world their are many gods. All religions call their deity GOD. But their is only one YHWH. Praise YAHWEH.

    • The Commandment, “Thou shall not take the name of ( Yod He Vav He in Hebrew ) in vain.”; cannot be violated if that name is never pronounced. I give my Father, Hashem, the greatest respect when I obey His Commandments. I do the same thing when I obey my Lord and Savior, Yeshua’s commandments.

    • The name of the LORD carries deeper meaning than we can ever imagine. To the Jews, who understand the significance of the LORD’S name, it is unimaginable to mispronounce it for any derivation may take away or even mean something completely different. It is for this reason that some derivations of the Name of the LORD should be discouraged. Lest I call on a strange god, may I keep to what is safe and will not take away from my relationship with the LORD.

  4. Well said – though He is ‘jealous’ for His name! Throughout the OT His goal was that ALL nations would realize that the true God was the one name YHWH. All others were only figments of mens’ imaginations.

  5. The book of psalms ends in a very interesting way. Psalm 150:6 (AMP). Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! “Praise the Lord!” (Hallelujah). The word Hallelujah unlike most of the other words in the bible was left in the original Hebrew. Perhaps; just maybe when we give praise this could be considered to sacred to tamper with. The authenticity of praise is set in our hearts. This’s why I believe King David was so great, a man after God’s own heart. Irrespective of his personal flaws. So! “Let us praise the Lord,” Hallelujah!

    • We are very happy that you’ve joined our discussion forum. Would you believe that these articles are only a taste of what Israel Bible Center has to offer? We also provide comprehensive teaching on a variety of biblical, historical, and cultural topics. You might begin with The Stories of Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity or Leviticus and The New Testament. You’ll be amazed at the Jewish world that awaits you. Don’t delay another minute: enroll now!

      • Shalom Dr.Eli, right now in my country many churchs that back to Hebrew Roots and started to force the congregation to call Yahweh as the right name of God, and disallowed us to call Allah ( which is in my country Allah is the word for God ). They said that Allah is the God of Moeslem and also the Moon God. Also Yeshua and Yesus, they said that Yeshua is the right name and more powerful because it content YHWH-Sua, what is your opinion about this? thanks. GBU

      • thank you for your opinion Dr.Eli its really help me. But for the word Allah, do you agree if we use that word it means that we called another God /God of Islam?

        • No I (personally) don’t see it this way, but I know that many of God’s people think this way. I think it all depends upon whom do you mean? A lot of this is language and culture specific.

          • This was in 2018, today is 2019, but I want to say thank you to Dr Eli, for it is “Who I mean”, HalleluJah

        • This is an important question. Many will not eat meat from a halal slaughter, because of the required blessing/prayer “in the name of allah”. The argument is that this makes it akin to “meat sacrificed to idols”.

          Comments?

          • It’s a case-by-case issue. Paul does technically permit it in 1Cor.8:4-6, but follows immediately with the conditions when it isn’t allowed (vv.7-12). If you want to avoid causing offense altogether, go vegetarian (v.13). 🙂

          • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Jewish Insights Into Scriptures I and The Jewish Gospel of John I: The Arrival of the King. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

        • Why don’t you want to call Him by His revealed name instead of the name of some false moon god? If names don’t matter will you put your money in the bank in my name?

          • The name of the moon god is most certainly not related to the God of Israel. Though in English, it sometimes appears as “iah” (which seems to resemble “Yah”), what you’re not seeing is the three gutteral letters that English is incapable of representing. The shortened form of YHWH in Hebrew “Yah” is spelled yod-heh. But “iah”, the Egyptian moon god, is spelled aleph-ayin-chet, more closely related to the Semitic word for moon, “yareach”.

  6. It would also be interesting to have a commentary on how “Hosanna” came into the English language as a praise word, instead of what I understand to be its original meaning: “Save us.”

  7. Our LORD Far more concerned about out hearts than our grammar, Nailed it D.R. Eli —- Love’s stronger than steel – Love’s greater even than the Halacha (though the Law is good) YESHUA is greater than all these for me Amen

  8. Josephus tells us that the holy name of G_d is ‘all vowels’ (Jewish Wars 5.5.7). Although he was writing in Greek rather than Hebrew he was using the LXX where the name of G_d was translated into vowels. Since the Hebrew letters yod, he and vav (waw) are used not only as consonants, but also as vowel indicators (matres lectionis) what better way to hide the true name in a text without vowels than to use a word without its consonants? Without the consonants it is impossible to know the true word and hence to know how to pronounce it.

  9. I think that beyond wanting to keep the sacredness of the lord ‘s name , to deface it to the point of not knowing how to pronounce it and knowing the name of your creator is beyond shame and dishonor. This is not what anyone can call “to keep in high regard and respect”. How would you feel being call ” hey ! You… Yes you! …what ever your name is” by your children. Would you feel honored ,respected? Remembered? Apreciated? Forgetting the name of their God was one of the greatest disservice rabbies did to israel.

  10. Yet more on the holy name and “grammar”. Not only did Yeshua deliberately testify he declared the earlier lost name of his Father to his disciples (John 17:26), he promised in the same verse to declare it again to some future generation of disciples! And why not to our own generation in these last days? Now, shall we instruct him not to bother? That it’s only grammar? If we do not appreciate why declaring his Father’s holy name is so important to him, why not ask him in prayer, rather than tell him we’re not interested?

    • Thank you for your truthful observation. In this world there are many Gods and Lords but there is only one YAHWEH and only one Yahshua. I will always , by his grace, proclaim his Name and his Son’s Name. I chose to be ignorant no more.

  11. Sometime ago I read that Yesuha always referred to God as His Father. Only on the cross did He call out to God. I never called my earthly father by his given name as that would not be respectful of his position as my father. I like to think of God as my Heavenly Father as that is comforting to me knowing of His love and protective care. Also I am glad to have learned in the past few years about God’s name. There are many false gods and they all have names. Why not the true God?

  12. We do know the name Iesous or in English Jesus. Peter said in Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” He also said in Acts 4:12 about the name of Jesus “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

    • Yes. We are to focus on who Yeshua Messiah, our King, Saviour, Redeemer is. That is what His Mighty Name means to us. All glory to God Almighty. Shabbat Shalom mispacha

  13. It is my theory that the priests at Qumran were those that could not prove lineage after the return from captivity. That would explain some of the differences. They sourced the Jerusalem Talmud as their guide, at least it seems so to me. Also, there were several sects and divisions within the “Essenes”. I also think Essenes is maybe incorrect. Could they be part of the those who used “Isshi” as a title for Yehovah, or does the name “Essenes” come from this word?

  14. I feel that we in the Western world and culture do not understand, the meaning and power of Biblical words, practices and names. The ancient Jewish holy men were given the oracles directly by the ALMIGHTY, revelation and supernatural wisdom. They knew what “Holy” and “Holiness ” meant.The shepherd boy, David slew Goliath” in the Name of the LORD “, believers are baptised ” in the Name of “,demons are cast out ” in Name of “. There is awesome great power, authority and majesty in The NAME “.Let us be careful not to profane it.

  15. The name and it’s pronounciation have been found over 1,000 times in bible manuscripts with the vowel pointings since 2001 by Nehemiah Gordon- he is a Hebrew scholar who has worked on the dead sea scrolls. As well the Name has always been known by Rabbi’s passed down through the generations.

      • Nehemiah Gordon is right on according to the scholars I read. Many bible names bear this out beginning with YHV so Yehovah with accent on last syllable is correct pronunciation! I would love a response from Eli on this.

        • Gordon advocates for the pronunciation “Yehovah” based on the vowel points on YHWH as provided in the Tanakh and on reading vav as having an original V sound. What he doesn’t mention is that there are actually six variations of vowel-pointings for YHWH in the Hebrew Bible, not just one; and also that the Septuagint transliterates Hebrew proper nouns containing a consonantal vav (like Levi or Kislev) with the letter upsilon, more closely related to W. There are more evidences, but in short, the overwhelming majority of Semitic language scholarship finds Gordon’s suggestion indefensible.

          • “the Septuagint transliterates Hebrew proper nouns containing a consonantal vav (like Levi or Kislev) with the letter upsilon, more closely related to W”

            So, according to the LXX translators, what I have always heard Hebrew speakers pronounce as “LEHvee” should be “LEHwee” ?

          • The LXX attests that (around the 3rd century BC) vav was pronounced like our “w”, yes, but at some point since then vav came to be pronounced as our “v”.

    • Although the name is found in the Massoretic text many times, it is important that we know that the vowels are from a different word – namely ‘adonai (LORD). The qere perpetuum defines this state. The written text is not valid Biblical Hebrew and is not a pronouncable word

  16. Dr. Eli, Could you perhaps comment on the word: “Bless” as in Ps. 103, 11 Cor. 1:3 Eph. 1:3. Some people say that you can not Bless the Lord. It should be praise.

    • Hi Deon, Great question! We do bless the Lord – but in a different way than He blesses us.It does indeed seem to be connected to the idea of praising God in some sense as these ideas are often linked together in the psalms.

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Exodus and The New Testament and Jewish Insights Into Scriptures I. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  17. I agree fully with you sir. Nobody knows how to pro claim those letters. A name in those days described who you are. During twenty years of discipleship where I have facilitated thousands of people, I have come up to some strange names. The sad thing is that those who are so sure about how to pronounce His Name where all totally deceived in many ways and were serving demons! So stop fighting about names! Start to proclaim Who He Is! He is our Father, our Creator, our Saviour and our King and at least 300 other things! Praise Him!

  18. In my opinion, when you love someone, you want to know all the details of that someone. Likewise, when one loves HaShem (YHWH), wants to know everything about Him and to be extremely delicate, careful and respectful, when speaking to Him. It is not my dad, it is Avinu Shebashamayim (our Heavenly Father). So it is with our lives, we must be careful not to dishonor Him when we transgress His precepts, although we have an Advocate with the Father. It is love, to take care not only of our lives of sin but our words and language towards Hashem.

  19. In my opinion .. (cntd)…. So should be with our neighbor. For that reason if it is within our reach to know more about His Name (HaShem), it is our responsibility to know it, but that does not authorize us to disqualify others because they do not, or to the Jewish people who for love and respect, take extreme care of the forms of address and praise Hashem.

  20. From what i have learnt and still discovering, I have come to understand that God “IS”, meaning that He exists and we believe in Him. Ex 3:14. And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you…This is my name forever. God has many names that describe who He is/Holy, Almighty,Righteous, Faithful,Just,True, Love, Saviour, Redeemer,…etc. In and only through His Son, the Name above all names, Jesus Christ, all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells. All Honour praise glory Amen.

  21. Dr. Eli, the picture is breathtaking! I love the clouds!!! Sometimes I wonder if GOD is writing Hebrew in the sky! LOL There are many names for GOD but I like El Shaddai, Adonai, Abba, Yahweh-YHWH, Elohim, GOD ALMIGHTY, the GREAT “I AM”. I was told Hallelujah is the Highest Praise anyone could give GOD. Truthfully, no matter what we call HIM, it is sometimes difficult to express! HE is who HE is and no one can add to HIM or take from HIM. Amen and Amen! Shalom!

  22. Good day Dr Eli
    Did send a question a few days ago. Not sure whether it went through.
    Reading your book called ‘Becoming Israel.’
    Could you please explain to me why life, from the tree of life’ – Gen 3:24 is written in the plural form – ets ha chayim?
    I completed the Hebrew A & B course.

    Regards
    Erry

  23. I so enjoy reading the short lessons and the comments..I learn from them. As money does not permit my taking of any classes, I am grateful of the crumbs from the table..thank you and shalom.

  24. I so enjoy this forum!

    This just came into my email and I have a comment, I hope I’m not too off base:

    Does not Yeshua mean “God Is Salvation?

    So then, might “ I AM That I AM” denote: I AM Your Savior-which encompasses all of His Names such as YHVH Rapha, YHVH Nissi, etc)?

    I ask this because of those WONDERFUL Consonants that comprise YHVH

    (Blessed be His NAME)

    Do not those consonant letters symbolize the following (I may have them backwards so please forgive me in advance):

    Yod (or Yad depending on what vowel)-“Open Hand”

    He -a Door or a Window -thus “behold”; “gaze intently”

    Vav- “Hook” or “Nail”

    He – “behold”; “gaze intently”.

    Thus, HAND BEHOLD NAIL BEHOLD

    (Caps intended for respect, not text shouting). 🙂

    So, those four letters in HIS GREAT NAME declare WHO HE is. He is “God (of) Our Salvation” (Yeshua) The Son of Man Who came to the earth to “declare” His Father’s Name through His demonstration of It all the Way to The Cross and beyond to the End Of Age.

    Forgive me if this is already obvious to everyone. I’m a fairly new believer who has recently gotten revelation of this and am very excited about it (but only if it’s correct). 🙂

  25. This understanding is particularly Deep and profound.
    In contrast, some churches…”modern/secular churches” tend to portray GOD, the Almighty, as some kind of “pal”, someone to whom you could say… “Yo…Give me five”! I suppose, GOD, the Almighty is too remote and HIGH Up there to relate to, SO they had to bring him down to their very basic human level.
    Then there are some Catholic Churches where you are required to bow your head whenever you say the word… Jesus… In contrast, some South Americans give the name Jesus to their Children…

  26. What name did Yesuah (Jesus) reveal in the NT? He said, My Father. He said, The Father. Yesuah wanted us to understand the fullness of G-d our Father. An intimate name. He only once called Him G-d; on the cros where he paid for our sins once and for all. We are all called many names. Yet our most cherished name is of an intimate relationship. Your are a Rabbi. But it would truly break your heart if your own children called you Rabbi. I believe you would agree that your most cherished name your children call you is Daddy.

  27. THE “NAME”… I remember like it was yesterday, when my 38 year old daughter was 4. One day I came home from work and as I came through the door, she came running through the house shouting “Daddy!!”. With arms outstretched as she ran toward me, did I care about the word or how she pronounced it? My baby girl was coming to me!!! And I gathered her up in my arms for a LONG,BIG HUG with lots of kisses and giggles!! So, with the Apostle Paul, I cry,”ABBA, Father!!”

    • It is just linguistic semantics. The letter vav makes the “v” sound today, but in ancient Hebrew it made a “w” sound (like in other Semitic languages).

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Exodus and The New Testament and The Jewish Apostle Paul I: His World. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  28. After His resurrection Jesus said to Mary “My God and your God” also called Him “My God” in the book of Revelation. According to my research, YHVH does mean, “Hand in grace nailed in grace”. I believe the Tetragrammaton: 4 letters of Yahweh’s name is a contraction of”He Was, He Is, He Will Be”, therefore naming Him as The Eternal One. Yeshuah declared his name, or title to be “Father”, as showing His true relationship to his followers.

    • I think most scholars know what YHWH means. I have never come across your definition of the name and it seems most unlikely.

        • I think Anonymous is synthesizing the meanings of the names of each Hebrew letter. In English, letter names have no intrinsic meaning, but in Hebrew, letter names were originally derived from actual words, i.e, aleph=ox, beth=house, gimmel=camel, etc. Normally, yud=hand, heh=window/behold/ladder, and vav=tent-stake/nail.

  29. I AM A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH AND HE IS PLEASED TO DWELL WITH ME AND IN ME…I SIT WITH HIM AT HIS RIGHT HAND IN THE HEAVENLY REALM IN HIS SON JESUS…WE ARE ONE ..I AM COMPLETE IN HIM AND CALL HIM FATHER,DADDY…HE CALLS ME HIS BELOVED…FATHER ALWAYS HAD IN HIS MAGNIFICENT PLANS A YEARNING DESIRE TO DWELL AMONG HIS CHILDREN…ADAM AND EVE…I WILL SPEAK HIS NAME AS HIS CHILD AND WILL GROW IN MATURITY AND RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…AS HE REVEALS THE DEPTHS OF HIS NAME AS MY FATHER ..

  30. In the course of these discussions, it appears that many of us has failed to make a proper distinction between what is a legitimate “personal name” (eg John, etc) from that which are just “generic titles” (eg lord, god, etc). Generic titles remain as generic titles no matter to what language you may translate that word to, eg the title “god” when translated (it’s meaning) to other languages will be “allah (Arabic), “mungu” (African), “shen” (Chinese), “tuhan” (Indonesian), “elah (Aramaic), etc. Whereas for personal names, we transliterate its pronounciation (not meaning) to the destination language.
    “God” is not HIS Name.

  31. We are told in the Holy Scriptures to call upon his name , Do we do what we want and not call upon His Name or do we OBEY the WORD and call Upon His name
    YAHUWAH ,YAHUSHUWAH ,.

  32. I understand that the Jews do not speak Gods name out of reverence. But I think it’s sad the the true form of the word has been lost. I see God tell Mosses “I am” and say this is the name he is to be known by for all generations. I never see anything in scripture that says we should not speak His name. So why is it that we have let the true pronunciation of His beautiful name be lost?

    • Judaism says that wickedness multiplied and such men did not merit to speak the precious name of the Creator. Not to worry, it will not remain hidden forever.

  33. Pitty that we know the name of satan but not sure about the Name of our Greator
    My question is… how can we keep our Father’s Name Holy? By not knowing it? I’ve never got a clear answer in so many years trying to find the real name of God. I will never give up for I am sure in the Greek original koini language is saved somewhere. Many other names are saved due to the Greek language.

    • A name in Biblical culture is not just a proper noun. It is a capsule that represents and contains someone’s identity and reputation. So “keeping the Father’s name Holy” isn’t necessarily connected to knowing or speaking the true pronunciation. Consider that even Yeshua probably did not pronounce YHWH because it was already a firm tradition not to by that time. Rather, believers are representatives of God, so keeping His name holy means ensuring that our speech and behavior remain righteous. Otherwise we appear sinful, and our God becomes despised in the eyes of others.

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Exodus and The New Testament and Jewish Insights Into Scriptures I. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

      • Is it true that the High Priests pronounce the correct name of God once every year in the Temple? Do they appear sinful by doing so? From your answer I understand yes.
        GOD Himself did not hide His name. On the contrary He had revealed it to us and to pass it on to all generations. Genesis 3.15…..This is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

        • Pesikta 148a says that whoever pronounces the Name commits a capital offense. Yoma 30b and Tosef Sotah xiii both say that it was after the death of Shim’on the Righteous that people ceased uttering the Name. Before that, priests would say it daily (Sifre Num. 39; 12a) and on the Day of Atonement (Yoma 6:2). Yoma 40d says that as dissolute men multiplied, the volume at which the Name was uttered lowered. Basically, if wicked men speak of and represent God to the nations, it is vulgar to His holy Name. So in that wicked generation, speaking the name ceased.

          • Who are the wicked men in this case that speak of and represent God to the nations? The Bible is very clear and very specific We cannot say we follow God but at the same time we walk hand I hand with satan. It’s not strange at all it is vulgar to His holy Name all those people.

          • While the Bible is clear that we cannot truly be followers of God while living wicked lives, it does not say that wicked people cannot use God’s name or lie and say that they are believers. An example of what I meant is from Jeremiah 44:24-26. Because of the wicked actions of God’s people, God removed His name from among them so that it would not be profaned.

          • Maybe in the Talmud (Mishnah and Gemara) bit where in the Torah or Tanakh does it prohibit speaking the Name?

          • In my previous post I provided my references to the Babylonian Talmud (Gemara) the Jerusalem Talmud (also Gemara) and to Sifre (an early midrash on Numbers).

          • Exo.20:7 forbids taking the Lord’s name “in vain” (emptiness, vanity, falsehood, nothingness, lying, worthlessness of conduct). So in a generation of dissolute men, the Israelite leadership refrained from speaking God’s name so as to prevent those dissolute men from taking it in vain. Today, the tradition continues. When our generation is righteous and Messiah wills it, He will reveal to us God’s name. In the meantime, all we can do is speculate about the pronunciation.

    • Giorgos, am I correct that you mean the true name of satan is Lucifer?

      Satan is the job description of this fallen angel and means “accuser”.

  34. Dr. Eli You referring to Jeremiah 44.24-26 with a comment …God removed His name from among them so that it would not be profaned. Please add also Jeremiah 44.27 to understand why God removed His name from them…Jeremiah 44.27 >I am going to watch over them for harm and not for good; all the people of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall perish by the sword and by famine, until not one is left. No one means no one not just few or most of them.
    To those who love him said… This is my Name and…..

  35. When I was a child and I asked what was meant by the word ‘Halleluyah’ – because they didn’t know, my query was fobbed off! In adulthood I studied Hebrew and learned that ‘hallel’ means praise and ‘Halleluyah’ means Praise YHWH !!!!!!

  36. Jesus corrected the Pharisees by saying they made the word of no effect because of their traditions. The bible never says we can’t pronounce God’s Name. Agreed, we shouldn’t say His Name disrespectfully. But I believe when using His Name to support our own agenda is far worse.

  37. We do know how to pronounce YHVH. It is given in the letter that was sent from Elephantine by the Levite priests who guarded the Ark of the Covenant on that island from 648 BCE. They wrote it was
    YAHU.

    • I think we should tread carefully here. Building and maintaining a temple outside Jerusalem in violation of the tanakh does not exactly put these folks in a position of high repute when it comes to things biblical.

  38. mc, ALL believers/followers of Yeshua have a testimony. We’ve ALL taken a journey from being lost in the dark to walking in HIS light. Every story is different, and every story is a testimony & witness to HIS love, grace, & redemptive power.

  39. On Gods name: In a time where there are so many gods including people who call themselves god, it is imperative to be specific. YHVH

  40. I just love the people at Israel Bible Center, what you teach is anointed! It has taken fear out of my heart.

  41. ex-Pharisee, Karaite Jew, Nehemia Gordon, says there are plenty of rabbinical works continued Father’s name, with the proper vowel points etc, Yehovah (“j” didn’t exist)

    • A Karaite rests his case on rabbinic works…Let that sink in a moment, Paul.
      Nevertheless, rabbinic literature wasn’t vowel-pointed (until modern times), and the rabbis went to great lengths to avoid saying or writing our Father’s name, opting instead for abbreviations or euphemisms. But even in the Masoretic Text, “Yehovah” is actually attested by less than 1% of all instances of YHVH. The others are vowel-pointed in five other ways. Let’s keep studying this…

      • Dr Eli,
        Is it not true that the various vowel pointing associated with the tetragrammaton are the typical variant vowel points of adonai dependent on the linguistic context?
        (vowel reductions dependent on the accent placement, construct forms, a word in pause …)

        • I’m happy to see you using some grammatical jargon, Donald, but actually here are the major differences: before the actual word Adonai, YHWH is pointed with the vowels of Elohim to avoid reading Adonai twice. Thus, the vav has a hiriq instead of a qamatz. But when YHWH should be read as Elohim, the yud’s vowel varies, sometimes as a chatef vowel (expected under an aleph as in Elohim) and sometimes as a shva (expected under a yud). But also, since both Adonai and Elohim contain a cholam, it is usually omitted as redundant, thus adding another vowel pointing variant.

      • Pointed wrong to hide the true pronunciation. After all there were no vowel points in the original and u can’t go by the Septuagint as they changed and hid things too.

      • When I was last in the Old City, a friend rerouted us to the Karaite synagogue for a cold drink, and I watched their “who we are” video.

        Very hospitable; maybe they are descended from Essenes 🙂

        They’re against rabbinic halacha, for sure, but not necessarily against all things rabbinic.

  42. I have learned as a believer in Yeshua that I can call on G-d as YHWH , I can call the Father- Abba or Avinu- Malkeinu, the Holy Spirit- Ruach HaKodesh. The name I AM THAT I AM, or Adonai-Echad for the Triune G-d. He is to be Worshipped !!!

  43. How is that about rabbis keeping the Covenant Arch in 648 DC, if that was vanished after Shlomo Temple destruction? I did not understand the idea.

    • Elephantine was a military post, and there is a theory that the ark went there after it left Solomon’s temple. There are other theories besides this one to explain its disappearance, but it is up for debate.

      • The rabbi at the Jerusalem Temple Institute in 1999 told me the ark of the covenant had never been lost and at the appropriate time in the future it would be brought out!

        • The ark is in heaven; see Revelation 11:19 KJVS
          And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

  44. Did not the spirit of prophecy depart from Israel when they stopped calling on the name of the Lord? By tradition the name of the Lord became too holy to be pronounced, but, and please correct me if I am wrong, this was not always so.

    • That’s right, it was at some point during second-temple Judaism that the ban to pronounce God’s name arose.

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including The Jewish Apostle Paul I: His World and The Jewish Gospel of John I: The Arrival of the King. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  45. Not to offend…but a Karaite, from my understanding does NOT consider the Talmud or rabbinic teachings. There is NO Oral Torah. To add or diminish from the Father’s instructions was forbidden. Moses wrote what the Father told him to write. Codified at Mt. Sinai. Shalom

    • Correct, Linda, a Karaite does not submit to traditional Rabbinic writings as authoritative, but Karaites do have their own traditions and customs that have been passed down through the generations. If you think about it, virtually everyone has some traditions or customs, even if they invent it themselves.

  46. I love the names of God. I have compiled them over the years though many may not accept the whole list. The power that is revealed in our relationship with the Name. Hallelujah! Is truly a grace which we have been given to know and love as Savior and LORD!

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Exodus and The New Testament and Leviticus and The New Testament. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  47. I never knew my human father growing up. My grandmother introduced me to my heavenly One. Out of love, respect and honor, I call Him God, Father and when I am really hurting and crawl into His Lap, I even dare to call Him Daddy.

    • Halleluyah! Everyone needs a good father figure (kudos to all the committed fathers out there), and I often wonder if that is why God is predominantly portrayed as male throughout the scriptures.

    • Hi Anto, it’s true that Yah and Iah are super similar in English, but comparing original languages, they certainly are not related. Israel’s Yah is spelled yud-heh, as an abbreviation of the tetragrammaton, whereas the lunar deity Iah is pronounced jˁḥ and would be transliterated into Hebrew as yud-ayin-chet. Since ayin and chet are not pronounced in English, the transliteration is certainly deceptive.

  48. Yahweh in English is pronounced Jehovah
    Yeshua in English is pronounced Jesus
    When writing or speaking english, this is the correct grammer.

  49. To try and transliterate Yeshua first of all there is no letter to use for Hebrew sheen or shhh sound so ended up an s. A was feminine in Latin and Greek so it was changed to masculine us. J did not exist until 16th century so should be Y

  50. Psalm 68:4 KJVS …sing praises to Him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah יה
    …Exodus 3:13-14 KJVS …and God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: אהיה אשר אהיה

    • The nam YHa appears 333 times in obscurity in the bibe.Here are a a few of some in Esra; ZeBaDIaH= YHa has given, MaASeIaH= work of YHa; EliYHa= My God is YHa;; SheMaaiaH YHa has heard; Uzziah= Strength of YHa; KeLaIA= YHa has dishonourrd; MalCHijah= King of YHa.

  51. The original text is correct and true, in Exodus the LORD tells us to use His name YAHWEH OR YAHVEH, He said with all authority it is to be His name forever. Anyone who calls one the Name of the LORD, YAHWEH shall be saved, it distinguishes us from all.

  52. Yah is the poetic diminutive for Yahweh and according to the Messiah King (mashiach) he would reveal the name of the ETERNAL Father to his people (Psalm 22) and the born again believer would also know his name by revelation (John 15-16-17) YAHOSHUA keep doing that work with your brothers, praise YAHWEH THE ALL-POWERFUL.

  53. If any man knew the correct pronunciation of the sacred name it would be Jesus … And he only ever called Him Father. Do we call ourselves His children? Well …

  54. Yud-ayin-chet and yud-heh the same sound yah different spelling they are the same moon god… God the Creator did not tell His name to Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac, even to Moses. God says ahey aser ahey, not puzzle scramble to arrange it to yhwh.

    • I’m sorry, but this comment showcases a thorough lack of understanding how Hebrew works. The ayin that you are ignoring once represented multiple consonantal values, one of which was approximated by modern resh, and chet is never equivalent to heh except for those who cannot pronounce it. Thus yud-ayin-chet much more readily resembles yareach (moon in Hebrew) than it does Yah.

    • We are very happy that you’ve joined our discussion forum. Would you believe that these articles are only a taste of what Israel Bible Center has to offer? We also provide comprehensive teaching on a variety of biblical, historical, and cultural topics. You might begin with Leviticus and The New Testament or The Revelation in a Jewish Context II : Discovery. You’ll be amazed at the Jewish world that awaits you. Don’t delay another minute: enroll now!

  55. Ok, and i want to learn more. I was confused about Yah moon god in egypt, And Yah=yhwh. I learned from Bible, that israelites came from egypt. and God angry because they made god from egypt and worship it. Even the god of canaanite (yhwh).

    • Deedjay There are 333 names acording my Afrikaans Concordance refering to the name as YHa. Why is Doc ELi’s name also EliAH meaning respectiively My God, and My GodYHa. Look at these names and see there is none like ELYeeYHaVHe, or NeGeMYHaVHe or YeSaYHaVHe or OBaDYHaVHe or TsePhaNYHaVHe or SaGaRYHaVHe.

      • There are plenty of names with yod-heh-vav (-yahu suffix or Yeho- prefix). But as I commented to you elsewhere, Yah is the poetic contracted form of YHWH’s name that appears over 40 times in the Bible. (Think of Nick for Nicolas, or Joe for Joseph.) So, yes, Yah and YHWH are practically interchangeable.

      • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including The Stories of Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity and The Revelation in a Jewish Context II : Discovery. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  56. Dr. ELi, can you please Explain the Tetragammaton of verse 14 transliterated as E/AHeYHe AShaR E/AHeYHe, if I am what I am in Hebrew is ANEe she ANEe as is elsewere in the bible and why the change in verse 15 from AHYH to YHVH?

    • Well, “ehyeh” has an aleph prefix which means the subject is “I”. Since God is talking He should naturally use this form. The yod prefix makes the subject “he” which is why everyone else calls Him YHWH. “ehyeh asher ehyeh” means something like “I am being what I am being.” IBC offers a whole course to students on the name(s) of God.

Leave a Reply to Darrell Thatcher Cancel reply

Please enter your name here
Words left: 50
Please enter your comment!