When was yhwh replaced by 'adonai?

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Re: When was yhwh replaced by 'adonai?

Postby Isaac Fried » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:14 pm

I suspect that the ending AY in אדוני ADONAY is an ancient plural marker היא-היא 'he-he'. It is also to be found, methinks, in the theophpric (as most biblical names are) יִשַׁי = איש-היא-היא, as in 1Sam. 16:1. Also in the חַלּוֹנֵי XALONEY, 'windows', of 1Kings 6:4
וַיַּעַשׂ לַבָּיִת חַלּוֹנֵי שְׁקֻפִים אֲטֻמִים
KJV: "And for the house he made windows of narrow lights."
After all, אלוה-הם = אלוהים is also reverentially plural.

The tsere (two close horizontal dots) under the N of חַלּוֹנֵי is possible a compromise notation, for an alternative reading tradition of a patax (a short horizontal segment.)

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Re: When was yhwh replaced by 'adonai?

Postby Isaac Fried » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:56 am

Consider also the name אחיהו AX-YHW vocalized אֲחִיָּהוּ = אח-היא-יה-הוּא as in 1Kings 14:5.

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