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Holy Mystery of the Tetragrammaton

Posted in agnoticism, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, culture, faith, freethought, Hebrew scripture, history, humanity, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by chouck017894

During the timeframe 1000-960 BCE, superstition ran rampant throughout the Near East cultures due in part to frightening disturbances in the observable heavens that had gone on for generations.  (See posts: Years of Heavenly Havoc, July 2010:  Threats From Heaven, Sept. 2010.)  This is reflected in this general timeframe in the development stage of the faith system that would become Judaism when the drive for authoritarian tribal control led wily priests to concoct from ancient knowledge the mystery device known as the Tetragrammaton.  This was nothing more than four Hebrew letters transliterated from Yahweh as YHWH (or Jehovah as JHVH) and used as a symbol or substitute for the alleged “ineffable name of God.”

The Hebrews were led to regard the four letters YHWH (Yod He Vau He) to make up the real name of God.  It was, in fact, more of a priestly formula that played upon an ancient numerical riddle in which the number four was shown to be reducible to two opposites.  These two opposites could then produce a third or unifying principle, which, because it is made up of two opposites, must contain the original four.  (This indicates there had been some understanding of DNA/RNA roles transmitting genetic information from parents to offspring.)  In the Hebrew priest interpretation, the quadrangular creative elements could also be epitomized triangularly and used as well as a trinity mystery.  (The later Christian fathers would also promote the triangular aspect active in Creation, but it was/is an even more divine (unnatural) mystery—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—which unites absolutely no opposites.)  The divine mystery of the ineffable name of God is cunningly hidden in plain sight with the four letters, YHWH.

The letter Yod is the letter of the phallus, which symbolizes the will to create, and thus regarded as the “father” of creative activity.  Being the active principle, Yod was therefore presented as male, and was represented as fire, hot and dry.

The letter He represented the passive principle—the bearing principleand was thus understood as the “mother” which gave forth understanding.  This passive action was therefore regarded as female, and was represented with the element of water, and thus was typified as cold and wet.  In unification with Yod, the letter He produced the Sun (or Son) which is represented with…

…the letter Vau (similar to W), and signifies the product of will and understanding (fire and water), which functions as mind.  This trinity power is thus characterized as male, and typified as air, being hot and wet. 

The letter He (the feminine aspect) is repeated, which simply represents energy borne into materialization from the gathered first three creative aspects made active as substance-forms and bearing them forth into matter forms.  This activity was therefore characterized as feminine, and represented as the element earth, and typified as being cold and dry.

The alleged consequence of speaking the name of God, the priests avowed, was that it would bring about the end of Creation.  Considering the periodic heavenly disturbances and resultant upheavals on Earth that occurred for generations when this superstition was advanced, the false notion of the Creator’s ineffable name was an easy sell.  Thus for a period of history the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, went unuttered and was replaced with references borrowed from Sumerian/Babylonian words such as Adonai (Genesis 15:2), and Elohim (in some versions of Genesis 1:1).  The word El, used in many ancient Near East cultures to personify “the Lord,” or God, referred to the singular creative power out of which all things become manifest.  The original Hebrew account, unlike the translations of holy word that we are presented today, read: “In the beginning Elohim (several gods or the personified polarized energies) bara the heavens.”  The word bara translates as cut out, or as we might say God carved out the heavens and Earth from primal energies. 

The four letters, Yod He Vau He, as previously noted, represented the four interactive creative essentials that involve within the Source as two opposites (polar action), which can become creatively activated in either quadrangular or triangular creative exchanges.  Thus when, in Genesis 1:26, the creative power is alleged to have said; “Let us make Man in our image and after our likeness,” the reference is in regard to those opposites (or polarities) that generated Creation, and those interactive polarities were symbolized by the priests with the letters YHWH—the Tetragrammaton.

Scripture’s Contrived History

Posted in Atheist, belief, Bible, culture, faith, history, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by chouck017894

According to scriptural accounts a Jewish kingdom of Israel was welded in the land of Canaan by David, and his kingdom is portrayed as having prospered as a great unified kingdom under David’s son, Solomon.  That account was long accepted as a given truth by biblical scholars until the science of archaeology showed conclusively that the claimed powerful kingdom said to have been ruled from Jerusalem could not have existed as portrayed in the priest-writings.  No hard archaeological evidence has ever been found to support the priest compiled story, but has revealed instead that Jerusalem was simply a modest, economically borderline village in the era when David, Solomon and Rehoboam (son of Solomon) are claimed to have ruled. 

Archaeology has revealed that the territory north of Jerusalem in the claimed timeframe was considerably more populated and flourishing economically than the region around Jerusalem.  However, in biblical myth the northern territory is claimed to have broken away from the alleged unified kingdom under Solomon’s son (c. 931-913 BCE), and developed as the kingdom of Israel.  Both territorial areas did worship YHWH among other gods, spoke dialects of Hebrew, and wrote in the same script, but the southern territory (Judah) became more developed much later than the northern; it had remained sparse due to its more rugged terrain.  The bond of blood kinship of the northern and southern territories was openly acknowledged, but they had become politically divided.  Until the northern kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians (c. 734 BCE), the little “kingdom” of Judah languished in the shadow of Israel.  The fall of Israel was a blessing for the priests based in the village of Jerusalem who had long lusted to impose their method of religious observance upon all Hebrew people and wished to make the temple in Jerusalem the holiest place of their faith. 

Josiah, son and successor of Judah’s King Amon, came to the throne at the age of eight (c. 639 BCE), and was tutored by priests during his youth.  Because of this background Josiah soon reestablished the worship of Yahweh/Jehovah.  And it was during Josiah’s reign, apparently by divine providence, that a book of law was allegedly discovered by the high-priest Hilkiah when workmen were repairing the temple (as recorded in II Kings 22).  Josiah was inspired by the miraculously produced writing which has ever since been accepted as the book of Deuteronomy, supposedly the work of Moses.  Deuteronomy only recapitulated the law already recorded in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, but the framework in which the laws are set is notably (suspiciously) different from that of the other codes.  Notable in Deuteronomy is the contention that the Exodus version of the Covenant with Yahweh/God at Sinai was not made on the basis of the Decalogue; instead it is implied that only ten laws (Commandments) were given to the people at Sinai, with the rest delivered to Moses alone, and promulgated later at the Jordan.  This conveniently allowed enormous leeway for the high-priest Hilkiah to restructure and reform religious practice that gave greater prominence to themes of God’s sovereignty, justice, mercy and love rather than to outward observances of ritual and ceremonial emphasis.  In the discovered sermon of Moses it reads, “For you are a people consecrated to Yahweh your Elohim; it is you that Yahweh our Elohim has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples of the earth.”  This happily aligned priestly ambitions with that of Josiah’s inherited  dominion, and just happened to inspire a narrow national outlook.

With Israel reduced to secondary power and refugees fleeing south into Judah, the priests devoted to YHWH moved to expand, and they established shrines and sanctuaries at Dan and Bethel.  And as refugees poured in from the north the Yahweh priests in Jerusalem quickly embarked on a prodigious propaganda campaign of rewriting history and codifying material that now makes up the early books of the Old Testament.  Additional books were compiled to promote the impression that the little kingdom of Judah had been divinely ordained.  To account for the alleged split in the united kingdom into rival kingdoms, the blame for it was given with the myth of Solomon having his heart turned from YHWH by his foreign wives.  Sadly, for trusting believers, over one hundred years of intensive archaeology investigation have never been able to confirm David or Solomon as historical persons.