The Tetragrammaton


As mentioned on the home page, The House of Steed crest as seen above incorporates some Hebrew text.  Frederick Steed in designing his crest departed from the traditional Steed design and drew inspiration from the Saxon white horse as used in the Kent arms as seen below - Kent being the origin of the Australian Steed family. In his design he made a connection to the white horse of Revelation 19, andTraditional Steed coat of arms also looked to Revelation 14 which speaks of those who stand with the Lamb as having two names in their foreheads. Hence the two Hebrew words he used are the personal names of the Creator - Yahueh - and his Messiah - Yahusha.

The tetragrammaton (meaning 'four lettered word') is the personal name of the Creator in Hebrew - pronounced Ya-HOO-eh. This name seen above in the animated GIF is the name in both ancient and modern forms, can be represented in English by the letters YHWH, YHVH, or in vowel form - IAUE. Transliterated it is best spelt either Yahueh or Yahuweh. Other less accurate spellings commonly used are: Yahweh, Yahveh, Yahwah, Yehowah, Jehovah.

Tradition has incorrectly forbidden the use (pronunciation) of this name. Yes, the third command forbids misusing it (Shemot/Ex. 20:7), but a simple reading of the Scriptures testifies that this was NOT understood as preventing its proper use. It was used by the ancients not only in worship - prayers, songs, etc - but also in everyday speech when reference was being made to the true Mighty One. YHWH's own statement regarding His Name is this: "I am YHWH, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols." (Yesha/Isaiah 42:8). The names commonly used in reference to the Creator today, such as "G*d" and "L*rd" are the names of pagan mighty ones - idols - we should avoid their use.Kent coat of arms Read also Shemot/Ex. 3:13-15.

Yahusha or Yahushua (pronounced Ya-hoo-sha'), is the correct name of the Messiah, the Son of YHWH, commonly, though incorrectly, called "Jesus." Yahusha means "YHWH Saves." 'Yahu' is an abbreviated form of the tetragrammaton, the first three letters - YHW.  The 'sha' or 'shua' comes from 'yeshuah' - salvation. The name "Yeshua" or "Y'shua" commonly being used by the Messianic movement today, while being an abbreviation of Yahusha, fails to give proper credit to the Father - YHWH. It is a name that was born out of the error of avoiding the use of the tetragrammaton.

If you are interested in reading further on this subject we recommend the article "The Tetragram: An Appeal for a Final Resolution" by Chris Koster.

Below you see how scribes copying the Scriptures - in this case the book of Psalms - preserved the tetragrammaton in ancient Hebrew text amongst the other "modern" Hebrew due to their respect for it's importance.

Psalms - Dead Sea Scrolls

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