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יהו and its cognates in personal names: the problem of Yama

Prof. Bezalel Porten (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)


Israel’s divine name YHWH has appeared in personal names spelled YHW in pre-exilic Judah and YW in northern Israel. In post-exilic times, both at Elephantine and in Yehud, YHW is abbreviated to YH. In contemporary Babylonia, this form appears as Yama, but its pronunciation is uncertain.

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