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    DeAnna mentioned something I've heard before, that I want to bring up. I've heard YHWH referred to as "he who has no name". I'm wondering where this idea comes from. It seems impossible to arrive at such a conclusion from reading the tanakh. Is this just Cecil B DeMille stuff, or can we arrive at such a conclusion based on anything written in the tanakh? There seems no shortage of verses to draw a conclusion promoting a definite name for YHWH. Perhaps it comes from the idea that the name is "unpronouncable". Yet there seems nothing scriptural about such an idea. To my way of thinking, the whole tanakh seems built upon the sacred name. Can anyone build an argument for YHWH having no name? [-(YHWH), this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Ex3:15] ....Michael

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    Shalom Thummin,

    The only scriptural support that comes to mind is;

    In Ex 3 Moses says to Yah that when he goes down to the children of Israel "they" were going to ask him "what is his name?".

    If the El of the Hebrews "name" was well known, then It seems to me that Moses would have assumed his name to be the name he knew... But he says that Israel is going to ask him "what is his name?".

    And the only other one that comes to mind is;

    Ex 6:3 - And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of Elohym Almighty, but by my name YHVH was I not known to them.

    Well... thats it. (smile)
    Hope it helps.

    May Yah bless you and keep you always.
    "At that day
    shall a man look to his Maker,
    and his eyes shall have respect
    to the Holy One of Israel."
    Isaiah 17:7


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      Shalom DeAnna. I like your answer. I myself, think it is an extention of the authors personal faith concerning his eloheem. This question has popped up before in the tanakh. Jabob asks an angel, "Tell me, I pray thee, thy name?" (Genesis 32:29) and Mannoah also asks this question of an angel in Judg.13:17. We know that the angel bears the name of YHWH. We are told this in Ex.23:21, "for my name is in him". The importance of the name of (GD?) seems central to the purpose of the tanakh which the authors undertake in it's writing. I found the angels answer to Mannoah to be both interesting and revealing. It is translated as being too [wonderful] to know in several english texts. The hebrew word here is "paw-lee", Strongs 6383 from 6381, "pala", which means to separate or distinguish. This is the same hebrew word that is used in Isa.9:6, His name shall be called ... wonderful counselor, the mighty GD- etc. Here is a connection to the name of the angel being the same as the name of YHWH. We are given a chance to figure out the name of the angel. We only have to guess where the name of YHWH comes from. This is a little like, "Rumpelstiltskin". I think the intention of the tanakh's authors is to forge a connection to the people of Israel. It's like breathing the name of YHWH into the "image of eloheem". This name is perhaps the tree of life to the writers of torah. I think that the linking of this name to the people of YHWH is central to the faith of the authors of the tanakh. " Thus they shall link my name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them. Nu.6:27 JPS. So Moses asking the name of YHWH may be more the authors attempt to spur curiosity than to give an account of history. The author is the one who is present at the naming of all things in Gen.2:19. But the author already knows the name of everything. I'll bet that the name on his mind is really the name of (GD?). This is the direction that his story (the tanakh) is taking. Looking for the author yeilds valuable clues to his work. The priest with the [Urim and the Thummim] must make whole "something". This is what "thummim" means. Perhaps it is the "root of Jesse", Yahudah, that is parent to the name of YHWH. Ps.20:5 raises its banners in the name of its Eloheem. If you took the fourth letter of the hebrew aleph-bet and removed it from the fourth position of the name of the fourth son of Jacob, fourth generation from Abraham, what you are left with is YHW-H. In an aleph-bet without spaces, as hebrew is originally written, this adjusted name of the tribe in which YHWH "puts his name (Deut.12:5)", simply becomes YHWH. Replacing the name of YHWH with the "now circumcised" name of Judah doesn't change a single letter in the tanakh. I hope that the people of this world can learn that the name JEW, for which the JEW's were slaughtered, Is really the name of YHWH. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of YHWH is risen upon thee. Isa.60:1---- Can a people really bear the name of their Eloheem? ....Michael