The name of God

by Richard on August 15, 2008

Bishop Alan tells that the Vatican has ruled that “Yahweh” must not be ‘used or pronounced’ in Catholic worship. Quite right too. And it gives the Bishop an excuse to show a classic Monty Python clip. No prizes for guessing which.

There aren’t any women here, are there?

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Steve Hearn 08.15.08 at 2:48 pm

If they did a remake of the movie…. “there aren’t any gays here are there?” or was that a whisper I heard from the Lambeth conference…… hehehehehe

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Tony Buglass 08.22.08 at 9:26 am

So it’s the Catholics who forbid the use of word “Yahweh.” And which is the only English Bible to render the Name as Yahweh? Yup - the Jerusalem Bible. And who published the Jerusalem Bible? Yup - the Catholics.

25 million bottles of Tippex, please…

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PamBG 08.22.08 at 3:56 pm

Well, if they hadn’t been going around saying ‘Yahweh’ for the last 30+ years, I suppose they wouldn’t have to ban it!

It is rather ironic, though.

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dh 08.22.08 at 5:07 pm

While Jesus didn’t do away with the law but fulfilled the law and in light of what the Apostle Paul states regarding Jews and Gentiles, it seems to me that it is legalism on the part of the Catholic church. While I know many a Catholic who are Christians who have accepted Christ as their Savior, the whole concept of “works based Salvation” leads to the concept of legalism in light of the whole “Yahwah” being said or not. I think this is part of Mosaic Law (not mentioning “Yahweh”) and since it is not mentioned as a correction in the NT then it would be legalism to state “not to say Yahweh”.

I will say that if I’m in the pressence of Messianic Jews or Jews overal for that matter I wouldn’t make a point of mentioning “Yahweh” intentionally but if I happened to mention it I would hope the Messianic Jews would understand what the apostle Paul had to say with regard to Jewish/Gentile issues. However, I still believe that with Christianity it is legalism on the part of the Catholic church.

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Tony Buglass 08.22.08 at 7:40 pm

dh, I’m not sure that it is originally about fulfiling Torah; it seems that in early Hebrew the Name was used, but it was after the Exile that it came to be regarded as too sacred to be pronounced. Like you, if I am with Jews I read it as “Adonai” but generally when I see YHWH in the text I read Yahweh. And I only ever use the “Jehovah” version if it is in the words of the hymn I’m singing. It’s quite fun to tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that the word “Jehovah” doesn’t actually exist in Hebrew, and I’ll listen to their teachings when they get the name right…

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Jason R 08.26.08 at 5:54 pm

The link below shows what Jehovah’s Witnesses say about the pronunciation of God’s name.

http://www.watchtower.org/e/na/article_02.htm

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