One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of the Hebrew name of God used in some translations of the Bible.
god, the father, the almighty, the supreme being, the deityView synonyms
- ‘Many people, including Christians, want to make a sharp distinction between the vengeful Jehovah of the Old Testament and the ultra-merciful Jesus of the New Testament.’
- ‘Medieval and Reformation theologians popularized the name in the form Jehovah and often used it to designate the one divine essence common to the three persons of the Holy Trinity.’
- ‘These Old Testament believers are pronouncing their longing for vindication and judgment in the name of Jehovah the righteous one, and in vivid poetic language.’
- ‘In the Cabala, the Quaternical system is the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God, commonly pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah.’
- ‘Saul was a devout Jew, a Pharisee, a teacher of the law, a member of the Sanhedrin, a believer in the Jehovah of Israel and looked for the coming Messiah.’
From medieval Latin Iehouah, Iehoua, from Hebrew YHWH or JHVH, the consonants of the name of God, with the inclusion of vowels taken from 'ăḏōnāy ‘my lord’; see also Yahweh, Tetragrammaton.
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