YHWH/Allah (Was: Re: Non-constructed religions)
|From:||Eric Christopherson <eric@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 10, 1998, 4:55|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Could it have been an archaic form, then? I'd read that Yahweh was some
> sort of causative form. I know that Yahweh is pretty definite as the
> proper pronunciation.
Reckon I don't know nothin' 'bout them fancy causative forms, but... :D
I don't think that pronunciation is that "definite;" we have no way of
knowing accurately what the vowels were.
My source tells me Allah is probably from *al-Ilah (al- being the Arabic
definite article), _ilah_ being probably borrowed from Hebrew _eloah_
(singular of _Elohim_, God), thus "the God."