Has Jewish tradition mentioned an interpretation for YHWH as an acronym based on its pictographs?

Discussion in 'Abrahamic Religions' started by Rak, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine

    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine Junior Moderator, Intro Moderator

    Sep 15, 2003
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    Thank you, StevePame. Your :kitty: delivery is in the mail with their accouterments (as usual.)

    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine
  2. rosends

    rosends Member

    Oct 9, 2017
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    When the Hebrews, at Mt. Sinai, said "we will obey and we will listen" they accepted all the laws given by God, that is, all the laws which are what Judaism is.
    Then this is an argument of semantics. Because a word doesn't exist in English, you insist an idea doesn't exist. What you need to understand is that there has been an idea (biblically) of subscribing to a set of beliefs and practices associated with the status of being a Yehudi. Yehudi, which originally referred to someone of the nation of Judah (but since there is no biblical word "Judah" that idea doesn't exist?) and who accepted the laws and practices of the nation of Judah, because a signifier of one who, regardless of his nation status, accepted the laws. In the Scroll of Esther, we read of many people who "mitYAHADIm" who became Yehudim, joined into Judaism.
    Maybe in English. In Hebrew, as I have explained, the word and idea existed. Zechariah makes reference to people clinging to the corners of the clothes of a "Yehudi" because they heard God is with them. So the association of God and the term "Yehudi" (plural, yehudim) is right there.
    Only because you have a limited vision and understanding about what those laws are.
    Except for the 17 instances in the tanach in which we find the word "yehudim" (from Kings through Nechemia), referring to the remnants of the nation who followed God's laws.
    Again, you are entitled to your opinion. But Judaism traces its laws back to the bible, as we do for this law. Just because you don't understand the halachic process does not mean you are right when you deny it.

    This is true -- it has often been Jewish practice to use names that include the letters of one of the various titles of God. This includes, as per Gen 39, the name Yehudah, itself.

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