Thus, it appears deeply significant that, before either the pagan captain or the Ninevite king learns the divine name, they both pronounce the "Perhaps God will be merciful." That is, while Jonah knows the Tetragrammaton
("I worship the LORD"), the pagans seem to comprehend its content (that God is gracious and merciful).
This second term is Borges's Tetragrammaton
, sometimes rendered, JHVH, as he does in "La muerte y la brujula" (OC 507).
And the secret depends upon the secret of the Tetragrammaton
." Perush ha-Niqqud, Ms.
"Word" is one of the epithets applied to the second Person of the blessed Trinity, and "Lord" is, among other things, the standard English rendering of the tetragrammaton
, the four-lettered unsayable name of God.
Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran are not fleeing an angry Pharaoh to a promised land with the help of the Hebrew god of the Tetragrammaton
; in fact, there is no authority divine or otherwise involved in their decision to leave, only sorrow and guilt manifest in the ghost of Prudencio Aguilar and no one prevents them from departing.
(3) In keeping with the practice of the journal, the Hebrew name of God (tetragrammaton
) and word for "God" have been replaced by traditional substitutes.
MS: That reminds me of the Tetragrammaton
, the unpronounceable four-letter name for God in the Hebrew Bible, best in English as "YHWH." It has been translated "I am who am," but can be translated "am becoming who am becoming"--a verb.
Zeus, called by Ovid "Jove" per Roman custom (perhaps a Latinized corruption of the Tetragrammaton
), is very different from the remote, mute observer of his son's torment and grandson's prayers as portrayed by Sophocles.
replaced with a simple tetragrammaton
. Since this exchange of figure for word was made after less than a decade of use, it was most likely a renovation of choice rather than need" (134).
looms at the end like an obscene tetragrammaton
, a name
For example, the Jewish historical narration as captured by the King James Version of the Bible transcribes the Tetragrammaton
(Yahweh) as follows: "I Am That I am" which literally means that God is nameless, or cannot be named.
Returning to the Mesha Inscription, it is important in the history of the religion of Israel because it has the earliest extra-Biblical attestation of the Tetragrammaton
, the four-lettered name of God that may be transcribed "NHWH" and that appears in the Hebrew Bible thousands of times.