Question of the Day for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spelling YHWH?

Q. I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but why is “Yahweh” spelled “YHWH”? Are Catholics allowed to spell it out?

J.K., via email

A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:

In Hebrew the sacred tetragrammaton is “YHWH.” It is so holy to devout Jews that they never speak it. Modern translations honor their reverence by using the word “Lord.” The Jerusalem Bible is a notable exception in using the term “Yahweh.” Yet because the tetragrammaton contains no vowels, translators who use the term had to insert the “a” and the “e” to make a pronounceable word of it.

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