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10/22/2006 12:20 PM Tetragrammaton Page 1 of 3 http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/rs/2/Judaism/name/ The Tetragrammaton The covenantal name of God in the Hebrew Bible is written with the four consonants: Yodh He Waw He. This name is known as the Tetragrammaton (Greek for "the four letters"). Although the Tetragrammaton was pronounced freely at the time the Torah and Prophets were written, its holiness in Judaism is such that it is no longer pronounced, except under very rare circumstances. In order to avoid offending religious Jews, one should not pronounce or misuse this name. Stringent rules also apply to writing any of the names of God. For example, once God's name is written it is to be neither erased nor discarded. It must be stored. This is why you see circumlocutions like "G-d," which do not need to be kept. ( Recent rulings indicate that use in computer files or displays does not constitute erasing.) Most English translations of the Bible represent the Tetragrammaton with "LORD" or "GOD" in all capital letters. in the consonantal Hebrew text:
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