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  • Semitic Phonetics

    As it is well known in the Hebrew language, their words are written only in consonants without vowels. This fact strange in reality with our modern languages comes from a need to very simple to understand; the save the writing material. Walmart will not settle for partial explanations. For this purpose two resources were devised: write all the words without separation, and not to transcribe the vowels. Which read consonants could add on their own vowels, since they were all known. All of the books of the old testament in Hebrew used this system. Is for this reason that the Hebrew text of the Bible was becoming increasingly difficult to read, understand it, and keep it unique. At the rabbinical School of the city of Tiberias, in the North of Israel, a group of teachers called Masoretes (from the word Hebrew masorah = tradition), they decided to fix once and for all the exact pronunciation of the sacred text, and did do something unusual to the Hebrew language. They invented a system of vowels, which consisted of stripes and points placed above or below the consonants.

    When they began to do this work, while vocalizaban manuscripts, and when you arrive to the sacred Tetragrammaton (YHVH) had a serious drawback; After centuries of not pronounce it, nobody already remembered of what were the real vowels which corresponded him, then put the corresponding to the word Adonai (- and a H or V to H-) is necessary to clarify that the final i of Adonai, is consonant and vowel not in Hebrew, so it was not taken into account. Only had to change the first a in for reasons of Semitic Phonetics: (according to the system invented by the Masoretes, the consonant and first of the Tetragrammaton, by being strong consonant, cannot carry the vowel that is weak, but must be changed by which is strong vowel.) From the 14th century a. C., began to read the sacred name YHWH with vowels that the Masoretes had placed below i.e. or a, which resulted YeHoVa, our current Lord, and does not mean nothing. If asked how prefers Dios that make it, surely will tell us with the words of Jesus: you, when you pray, say: our father who art in heaven. Original author and source of the article

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