The etymology of this theonym has been discussed very extensively in scholarly literature but remains uncertain.
- In the Biblical Hebrew of antiquity (before 400 BC), the word was probably pronounced approximately /jahwe/.
יהוה • (YHVH) m
- The word is written in the Hebrew Bible either without vocalisation or as יְהֹוָה, using the vocalization of the word אֲדֹנָי (adonái, “my Lord”), because of the prohibition of uttering the name. It is thought that the original pronunciation was probably lost around the Hellenistic era. In some cases, when preceded by the word אֲדֹנָי (adonái, “my Lord”), it is written as יֱהֹוִה, using the vocalization of the word אֱלֹהִים (elohím, “God”).
- Secular Jews in Israel pronounce the word as אֲדֹנָי (adonái) usually, under most circumstances.
- Religious Jews pronounce it as אֲדֹנָי (adonái, “my Lord”) only for liturgical purposes, otherwise they use הַשֶּׁם (hashém, “the name”).
- Samaritans pronounce it as שְׁמָא (š'mā, “the name”) (the Aramaic equivalent of הַשֶּׁם (hashém)) under all circumstances, even in liturgy.
- אֵל (él)
- אלוהים \ אֱלֹהִים (elohím)
- הַשֵּׁם (hashém)
- The Tetragrammaton on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Tetragrammaton
- Names of God in Judaism on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Names of God in Judaism
- Brown, Driver & Briggs, A Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, Oxford 1907