Originally a comment on Derry poet Mel Bradley's facebook.
Lovely poem there, Mel.
was an interesting article in 2008 by a New York rabbi and Torah bible
scholar, Mark Sameth, who spent 20 years study on the appearance of the
Tetragrammaton in the Torah. The Hebrew theonym יהוה, commonly
transliterated into Latin letters as YHWH, most commonly pronounced as
Yahweh and Jehovah. Strict conservative Jewish traditionalists 'avoid
reading it as יהוה exactly as it is spelled, either aloud or to
themselves in silence, nor do they read aloud transliterated English
forms such as Jehovah or Yahweh.
the word and pronunciation is replaced with a different term, whether
used to address or to refer to the God of Israel. Commonly substituted
Hebrew forms are: hakadosh baruch hu “The Blessed Holy One” or Adonai
“The Lord” or Hashem “The Name”. Such terms are believed to equally
refer to the same as One as יהוה or Jehovah, in much the same way that
the English terms “God”, “LORD” or the “Creator” are used to refer to
the God of Israel.' (wiki)
is no agreement on the etymological root of the Tetragrammaton, tho
there's a school of thought that it comes from a triconsonantal root היה
(h-y-h), a verb meaning "to be", "exist", "become", or "come to pass".
own conclusion of his twenty year textual investigation appears in an
article in the summer 2008 issue of the CCAR Journal, published by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, an association of Reform rabbis:
"Who is He? He is She: The Secret Four-Letter Name of God"
theorises that a basic druidic ogham trick is behind cracking this
literate mystery, because when the Tetragrammaton is read in reverse and
the four letters are flipped, the sounds become, he says, the Hebrew
words for "he" and "she." So, God, is not He, Lord, etc, but He/She.
I read Sameth's conclusion of a life long study into God, i
independently had come to the same conclusion, by a different route of
study. I'd been four years post-graduate,
independently studying the voluminous mass of textual material that made
up the bardic filidh poet-training curriculum; all in Irish, and
relying on English translations, that only since the turn of the 21C
it's been possible to access, all virtually. The source material i was
reading, all in Irish manuscript; was
pointing to the exact same thing. That God is a gender-neutral spirit,
and within us all as our disembodied mind and intelligence, that in
everyone, regardless of our gender, is the wholly spiritual s/he Sameth
theorises he found in the Torah.
is hidden and visible only to initiates with knowledge of a druidic
trick taught to forty generations of poets in Ireland, as the very
founding concept of their trade. And that they were introduced to as a
newly arrived grade/level one trainee-poet, foclo (word-weaving
beginner) - starting their first Samhain to Beltaine semester in the
singing schools of yore. With a further six grades to go on the twelve
to fourteen years of study ahead of them, before they graduated, at the
seventh and final ollamh grade, and took their place as a Doctor of
Poetry in the Gaelic literary tradition. (5-17C).
Graves also concluded after a lifetime of deep study of Myth, and
writing hundreds of books, that what he calls the 'unimprovable
original' Stone Age poetic was gender-neutral. And it was only with the
Greek Iron Age Appollonian falsifying of the previous more Maternal s/he
religion, that all the 'God is solely male' nonsense took hold, and
really made its mark with the spread of the Roman empire. Because it was grafted and forced onto the stable and peaceable s/he religion, that was a couple of thousand years old when the Mediterranean Levant civilisations began seven centuries of mass implosion and collapse, after the Minoan eruption of the island of Thera, (now called Santorini) around 1500 BC. The new deathly man-cult spread by the new Iron technology, that represented a scientific quantum leap at the time.
new Man is God religion was spread in much the same way the deluded
murderous morons of Daesh are doing now. 'Bow down and devote every
waking second of your life to what our He god commands you do in life,
that is the one God, or it is His will you be horrifically tortured and
murdered as a non-believer, by His earthly good guys' engaged in all
the genocide and proselytizing about this wholly bullshit Male God and
Creator. All for the purpose of legitimizing as being divinely approved
of, their acts of pedophilia, mass-murder, rape, torture and terror that
is the Male death cult. What Graves calls intellectual homosexuality.
The elevation and worshiping of a solely Male deity as Creator of the
real world and all us men and women in it. Yeah, right.