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For other uses, see Tetragrammaton (disambiguation).
Occurrences and uses
The Tetragrammaton occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text of both the Biblia Hebraica and
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. It does not appear in the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes,
read from right to left (in Biblical Hebrew), are:
Hebrew Letter name Pronunciation י Yodh “Y” ה He “H” ו Waw “W” or placeholder for “O”/”U” vowel (see mater lectionis) ה He “H” (or often a silent letter at the end of a word)
indicate the omitted vowels.
In English translations, it is often rendered in capital and small capital letters as “the Lord“,
following Jewish tradition which reads the word as “Adonai” (“Lord”) out of respect for the name of God
and the interpretation of the commandment not to take the name of God in vain. The word “haŠem“,
’the Name’ is also used in Jewish contexts; in Samaritan, “Šemå” is the normal substitution