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Definition of Tetragrammaton

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(in Greek) meaning "four letters"; four Hebrew letters that are usually written or spelled in the alphabet of another language as YHWH (Yaweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) that form a biblical name of God, Hebrew name for God
Tetragrammaton Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
abb. N
tetragram; name of God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The mystic number four, which was often symbolized to represent the Deity, whose name was expressed by four letters among some ancient nations; as, the Hebrew JeHoVaH, Greek qeo`s, Latin deus, etc.
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\tet`ra*gram"ma*ton\ (?), n. [nl., fr. gr. &?;; te`tra- (see tetra-) + &?; a letter.] the mystic number four, which was often symbolized to represent the deity, whose name was expressed by four letters among some ancient nations; as, the hebrew jehovah, greek qeo`s, latin deus, etc.
n : four hebrew letters (usually transliterated as yhwh (yahweh) or jhvh (jehovah)) signifying the hebrew name for god (which the jews regarded as too holy to pronounce) [syn: tetragrammaton]

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1. four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) signifying the Hebrew name for God which the Jews regarded as too holy to pronounce
(hypernym) tetragram
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The tetragrammaton (from Greek , meaning "(consisting of) four letters") is the Hebrew theonym , commonly transliterated into Latin letters as YHWH. It is one of the names of the national God of Israel used in the Hebrew Bible.

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Tetragrammaton Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Tetragrammaton [from Greek tetra four + gramma letter] Used by Qabbalists to designate the four Hebrew characters -- variously rendered in Roman letters YHVH, IHVH, JHVH, etc. -- forming the word Jehovah (Yehovah). Present-day scholars regard this rendition of the four letters as erroneous, and some suggest that the proper reading should be Yahveh or Yahweh -- depending on another manner of applying the vowel-points to the consonants. The Jews themselves, however, never pronounced the name when reading their sacred scriptures, but utter 'Adonai (the Lord) in its place. Nevertheless, the Qabbalists (more particularly medieval and modern authors) have attached special importance and significance to this four-lettered word, particularly to the Hebrew equivalent for Tetragrammaton, Shem-ham-Mephorash, sometimes called the mirific name.
The four letters themselves do not hold any especially occult significance, nor their sequence nor numerical value (10, 5, 6, 5, totaling 26), nor to which of the ten Sephiroth it is to be applied.
"The name [Jehovah] is a circumlocution, indeed, a too abundant figure of Jewish rhetoric, and has always been denounced by the Occultists. To the Jewish Kabalists, and even the Christian Alchemists and Rosicrucians, Jehovah was a convenient screen, unified by the folding of its many flaps, and adopted as a substitute: one name of an individual Sephiroth being as good as another name, for those who had the secret.
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