Hebraic Roots Study, Part 11, Shemi Shame


Activity: Shemi is the Hebrew word for “my name.”  Use your computer scripture software to locate all incidences of “my name.” Study the context of each one that refers to the Father. Check the study notes.  Make some conclusions!

Here is a good start:

Exo 2:10-16

Exo 6:1-8

Exo 12:9-16

Exo 20:7-11

Exo 23:20-22

Exo 33:18,19

Num 6:22-27

Discussion questions: What is the “Tetragrammaton” (four letters, hwhy or  YHWH)?

What is the actual name of the Mighty One of Israel?

Why might be the reason this name is masked by words out of paganism, feudalism, and slavery?

What are some valid meanings of “in vain” in the Exo 20 passage?

Origins: The title “lord” is derived from three Etruscan / Greek / Latin words, Larth, Loride, Lordo.

Larth, Lares = surname of the Greek sun god, Helios. Birthday, December 25.
Loride = surname of the Teutonic (German) war / sun god Thor.
Lordo = the demon of Iodosis, the god of seduction.

Notable quotes: “Translators are notoriously conservative. They tend to follow like sheep the example of what previous translators have done about including this or that disputed bit of the New Testament, even when they know it is textually dubious. ... If it is not the original, why didn’t they put these verses in a footnote or in the margin?” Ben Witherington III, “A Text Without a Home,” Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2008.

“This name [Yahweh] has not been pronounced by the Jews because of the great sacredness of the Divine Name. Therefore it was consistently pronounced and translated Lord. It is known that for many years YHWH has been translated as Yahweh. ... It is felt by many who are in touch with the laity of our churches that this name conveys no religious or spiritual overtones. It is strange, uncommon, and without sufficient religious and devotional background. Hence it was decided to avoid the use of this name in the translation proper.”  Preface” of The New American Standard Bible.

“Israel regarded their god, Yahweh, a name mistakenly put into English as Jehovah, as the God of the universe, the maker and ruler of heaven and earth. Other peoples had their gods, but Yahweh was regarded by these monotheists as far more powerful than they.” A History of Christianity, Kenneth Scott Latourette (pg. 11).