The Answer Is in the Book!
History tells us that even at a time when the personal name of God was rarely spoken, the high priest would proclaim the holy name ten times during the annual ritual of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Today, God’s personal name—as written in the Scriptures—has been almost completely forgotten, being systematically obscured by substitute titles throughout our Bibles.
As a result, there is no lack of opinions about how that name should be pronounced, and discussions about it tend to generate more heat than light. But sincerely held opinions notwithstanding, the Scriptures continue to testify with surprising clarity to the Creator’s name.
One of our colleagues here at BFA International has looked into the principal Hebrew manuscripts and put together a straightforward explanation of what he found regarding the Tetragrammaton or four-letter name of God. He has summarized his findings in a compelling PowerPoint presentation.
With Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement coming up this week, we felt this would be a timely subject to share with our BFA friends. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that the purpose of sharing this information isn’t to stir up contention. On the contrary, we invite you to take a careful look at the material and sincerely consider whether your relationship with the Creator of the universe could be enhanced by the proper, reverent use of His name as it is written in the Hebrew Scriptures. We hope this introduction to the name of God will help you build a biblical foundation for your faith and practice.
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