Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Did Jesus Pronounce the Name, YHWH in Mark 12:29?
The evidence as far as I can gather is that in the time of Jesus, the pronunciation of the sacred name is not yet prohibited as it happened in the mid-2nd century onwards. Even the Genizah Psalms of Cairo (dated 40 BCE) has YHWH in a number of places throughout the four Psalms. See David M. Stec, The Genizah Psalms. A Study of MS 798 of the Antonin Collection (Brill, 2013). And Qumran scrolls dated 1st century BCE to mid-1st century CE still have the name of YHWH written and probably read and pronounced as Yahweh in many places.
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