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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Yah•wehˈyɑ wɛ; -vɛ(n.)

or Jah•weh ; also Yah•veh, ; Jah•veh

  1. a name of God, transliterated by scholars from the Tetragrammaton and commonly rendered Jehovah.

    Category: Judaism

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yahweh, YHWH, Yahwe, Yahveh, YHVH, Yahve, Wahvey, Jahvey, Jahweh, Jehovah, JHVH(noun)

    a name for the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from the Hebrew consonants YHVH

Wiktionary

  1. Yahweh(ProperNoun)

    the name of the God of Israel worshipped by the Jahwist prophets in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah in antiquity

  2. Yahweh(ProperNoun)

    in "Sacred Name Bibles", translating the Tetragrammaton

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  1. Yahweh

    Yahweh, was the national god of the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The origins of the worship of Yahweh are obscure, but reach back at least to the early Iron Age and probably to the Late Bronze Age. His name may have begun as an epithet of the god El, head of the Bronze Age Canaanite pantheon, or he may have been a god from northern Arabia. In either case, the name appears to have been unique to Israel and Judah, and is not clearly attested outside the two kingdoms. In the oldest biblical literature Yahweh is a typical ancient Near Eastern "divine warrior" who leads the heavenly army against Israel's enemies; he and Israel are bound by a covenant under which Yahweh will protect Israel, and Israel in turn will not worship other gods. At a later period Yahweh functioned as the dynastic cult, the royal courts promoting him as the supreme god over all others in the pantheon, notably Baal, El and Asherah,. Over time Yahwism became increasingly intolerant of rivals, and the royal court and temple promoted Yahweh as God of the entire cosmos, possessing all the positive qualities previously attributed to the other gods and goddesses. With the work of Second Isaiah towards the end of the Babylonian exile, the very existence of foreign gods was denied, and Yahweh was proclaimed as the creator of the cosmos and true God of all the world.


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