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The name of God in ancient manuscripts

These variations in the divine name are not so much about different languages, but different phases of Hebrew. See the YHWH article by Freedman, O'Connor & Ringgren in Theological Dictionary of ...
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Does the definite article 'the', occur in front of the name of God in the Hebrew language?

The Tetragram in Hebrew is a proper name, and names do not have articles in Hebrew any more than they do in English. The article "the" arises in OP's KJV example because of the convention (beginning ...
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Does Song of Songs 8:6 contain a reference to YHWH?

Does Song of Songs 8:6 contain a reference to YHWH? Yes ... and no. "Yes", there is a use of the short form of the divine name, found suffixed to the word of Song 8:6, שַׁלְהֶבֶתְיָה šalhebetyāh, ...
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Who is "The Son" in Hebrews chapter 1: 8 ? Is He God in the strictest sense of the word, or a created being?

I find it interesting to see how many times questions are asked here that impute bias and ill motives to the translators of the NWT. Of course, it is even more interesting to see how often people ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

Though I've got no issues with the Trinitarian interpretation of these verses, I would suggest that there's a general risk across the New Testament of eisegesis by capitalising the 'S' in spirit. ...
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What was the name given in Acts 4:12? Was it the Tetragrammaton or the name ''Jesus''?

The answer to your question is in the text of scripture in verse 10 : Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ... etc [Acts 4:10 KJV] ...
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The name of God in ancient manuscripts

Great references @David, but after the exile there appears to be a linguistic aspect to the variations. We can begin by separating the historical phases—pre-exilic, exilic, and post-exilic periods. ...
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Why isn't the Tetragrammaton used in Exodus 3:14?

Exo 3:14 and 15 has two verbal forms of the same stem (hwh). The answer in 3:14 is explanatory, but in 3:15 it is literal—YHWH is given as the name. Moses asked about the name and the explanatory ...
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Why isn't the Tetragrammaton used in Exodus 3:14?

It is very odd that Moses would ask in Exodus 3:14, “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’—what should I ...
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Tetragrammaton originally יהיה (yihayah) (3PersMascSing 'exist, be') and subsequently the nominal form (יהוה) (the Being)?

The Name revealed in Ex 3:15, "YHWH", comes from "hwh", an earlier variant of the root "hyh", "to be". In contrast to "Ehyeh" of Ex 3:14, it can have two possible meanings depending on its ...
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Who is "The Son" in Hebrews chapter 1: 8 ? Is He God in the strictest sense of the word, or a created being?

Hebrews 1:8-9 was from the Greek Version (The Sepuagint) of Psalm 45:6-7 where the person being originally addressed as is a human king ruling over God's people. Hebrews 1:3 reveals that Jesus is ...
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The God of Bethel?

No, Vawter is not correct. The Hebrew does likely have two absolute Hebrew word forms next to one another in the construction of הָאֵל֙ בֵּֽית־אֵ֔ל ("the God Bethel"), which can mean an appositional ...
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Based on Zephaniah 3:9 & John 14:14, what Name should All peoples be calling & serving : "Yehovah" or "Iésous"?

This might be a different direction that you were asking (sorry if I misread) Part of the distinction you are seeing is an important change between the Old and New Covenants with the relationship of ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

Let’s first add the context. At the start of this chapter, Paul was beginning his remarks about spiritual gifts by reminding these Corinthians that they had once been deceived into worshiping idols. ...
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Does the New Testament use the divine name "Yahweh"?

In a word, No – the divine name, YHWH, does not appear in any NT text, nor does any NT writer allude to it. Of the many OT quotations in the NT that include the divine name in the original Hebrew ...
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Why is "Elyon" Translated as "The" Most High?

Relevant Basics About Translation All translation involves interpretation: The source word will potentially have a number of meanings associated to it, some meanings may be similar but nuanced (small ...
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The God of Bethel?

So the question is "Vawter correct?" is perhaps difficult because all I do not have his book and can neither verify Geir's attribution to him, nor determine what context it is in. But as I see it this ...
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The God of Bethel?

The Secularization (and Yahwist Rebranding) of the House of El The purpose of translation is to render into English the intended meaning of the biblical writers. While the ancient etymology of ...
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Which words are used for God in the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament?

The oldest manuscripts of the New Testament are all in Greek. Unlike Hebrew, Greek doesn't have very many terms for God. The Greek word for 'God' is θεός (Theos), which is used consistently ...
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Did the Word of God pre-exist as the Son of God before He was begotten of Mary?

The passage is in Aramaic and is more accurately translated as the plural, "gods:" He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and ...
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What was the name given in Acts 4:12? Was it the Tetragrammaton or the name ''Jesus''?

Although as Dottard's answer shows that ultimately the savior is God the Father (whose proper name is the Tetragrammaton) acting through His Son incarnate Jesus of Nazareth, and although Peter himself ...
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Matthew 27:46 Why does Jesus not address God as Father?

As a reference see Why is Psalm 22:16 not quoted in the New Testament? The answer is Jesus simply quoted the beginning of Psalm 22 to point us to Psalm 22, which depicts the Crucifixion.
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What is the name God gave Jesus? John 17:11

John 17:11 Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. Is it actually, literally a name? No, it is not a secret name whose ...
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What is the name God gave Jesus? John 17:11

The short answer - it is both. Names of YHWH in the OT applied to Jesus: "God" Deut 4:35, 6:4, 32:39, Isa 44:6, 45:5, 6; compare Matt 1:22, 23; John 1:1, 18, 20:28, Titus 2:13, Heb 1:8, 9, ...
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Why is YHWH, the name of the God, replaced by a title, "the LORD", why is the article "the" used? The 1st of thousands of references, Gen 2:4

The reason why the publishers of the Divine Name King James Bible restored the Divine Name seems to me a good answer to this question. Here is their posting that was posted on September 2, 2015, on ...
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How is "El-Shaddai" translated in the Septuagint?

Let us take the three verses referenced Gen 17:1 - The LXX simply has Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ θεός σου = "I am your God". That is, "El-Shaddai" is not mentioned. Gen 35:11 - The LXX simply ...
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How should the Hebrew ‘ehyeh asher ehyeh’ in Exodus 3:14 be translated in English and what does it mean?

With due respect to the alleged complexity in Ex. 03:14 I still believe the answer is simple. The phrase literally means "I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE" because it is the future conjugation. To ...
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How should the Hebrew ‘ehyeh asher ehyeh’ in Exodus 3:14 be translated in English and what does it mean?

Some would argue that English has no real future tense, only the statement of a 'willingness' for the future. Such is Biblical Hebrew. Earlier forms of the Hebrew language did not have strictly ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

It is hardly surprising that there were some heated arguments about this point (in a previous question). Every time a trinitarian flags up some scripture that speaks to him or her of the Trinity, anti-...
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