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Origination of “Yahweh”

Yahweh is not Ea

Exodus 3:14 is a play on words, obviously Yahweh was not impressed that people were pronouncing His Name as Ea. Thus we see God reveal His personal name at Exodus 3:15.

Exodus 3:14 I am Ehyeh who is called Ea

Yahweh is not Ea.

Exodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
Yahweh is not Yahu

Yahu has a variety of of spellings because its two letters (yod, he) are dual use in Akkadian and “he” is actually a slurred glottal stop represented by the letter ayin (‘). Additionally, the vowel sounds for yod /i/ and he /e/ were often indistinguishable during the Alphabetic Akkadian era.

The Yahu variants are found in ancient texts ranging from the Levant to Italy and can be located using the Alphabetic Akkadian Lexicon. The variants are:

Yahweh is not IH or YH: [Akkadian Ih] the god Iahu or Yahu

The actual source of the Name Yahweh

God’s personal name Yahweh is a revelation in the Holy Bible at Exodus 3:15. It originated with God. Up until that point in history He had not revealed His personal name or its meaning “He Who Causes To Be”.

There is only one vocalization possible for YHWH and that is Yahweh,confirmed by Dr. Michael S. Heiser in our time.

Exodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

It is explained further at Exodus 6:3 that up until this point in history God had not yet revealed His personal Name, so therefore the names of the Akkadian gods mentioned aforehand were not to be attributed to the true God, Yahweh.

Exodus 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name, Yahweh, I did not make myself known to them.

Yahweh in Hebrew

Fig. 1.  The word Yahweh has only four letters in Hebrew and Akkadian. Because German scholars were the leading  Semitic language scholars prior to World War I the letters of their alphabet are often used in transliterations, even today. The English /y/ sound is their /j/. The English /v/ sound is their /w/. (image floating around the internet)

You have to understand Germans to understand the thinking behind the name Jehovah. Yah-he-weh/Je-ho-vah.

It’s just how they think.

Isaiah 8:12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.


There is only one vocalization for YHWH and that is Yahweh.

Zechariah 14:9 And Iaua shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Ephesians 4:5,6

ܚܕ ܗܘ ܓܝܪ ܡܪܝܐ ܘܚܕܐ ܗܝܡܢܘܬܐ ܘܚܕܐ ܡܥܡܘܕܝܬܐ
Ephesians 4:5 For, there is One MarYa {The Lord-Iaua}, and One Faith, and One Baptism,

  ܘܚܕ ܐܠܗܐ ܐܒܐ ܕܟܠ ܘܥܠ ܟܠ ܘܒܝܕ ܟܠ ܘܒܟܠܢ
Ephesians 4:6 and One Alaha Aba {God, The Father} who is all, and above all, and in the possession of all, and in us all.

ܠܐ ܡܗܝܡܢ ܐܢܬ ܕܐܢܐ ܒܐܒܝ ܘܐܒܝ ܒܝ ܘܡܠܐ ܐܝܠܝܢ ܕܐܢܐ ܡܡܠܠ ܐܢܐ ܡܢ ܢܦܫܝ ܠܐ ܡܡܠܠ ܐܢܐ ܐܒܝ ܕܝܢ ܕܒܝ ܥܡܪ ܗܘ ܥܒܕ ܥܒܕܐ ܗܠܝܢ
John: 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in Abi {My Father}, and Abi {My Father} is in Me? And The Words which I speak, I don’t speak from My own Soul, but rather, Abi {My Father} who dwells in Me; He is doing these works.