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Tetragrammaton

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Author(s): Suriano, Matthew J.
From the Greek τετραγράμματον (‘of four letters’), Tetragrammaton is the technical term used for the four-letter personal name of the God of Israel, which, according to common practice, ceased being pronounced aloud in antiquity. The original pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton is a matter of speculation. The orthography of the proper noun is consistently represented by the four consonantal letters יהוה yhwh with an occasional two-letter form יָהּ yå̄h (see, e.g., Exod. 15.2; cf. Isa. 26.4; note also יהו yhw in the Aramaic letters from Elephantine). As an onomastic compone…