Prior to the jahve religion, such a cult is supposed to have prevailed even among the Israelites.
It is now the fashion among the learned and among the sceptical to spell it Yahwe or jahveh or jahve, or in some such fashion.
jahve was a holy God whose will was to guide the people coming up out of the degradation of nature-worship.
This idea, reinforced by the national significance of the deity, is fundamental in the jahve cult of the Israelites.
But what is true of the figures of the patriarchal sagas applies also, in part, to jahve himself.
The moralising and spiritualising of the idea of jahve lies right upon the face of the Old Testament.
The purified jahve cult, therefore, was not an original folk-religion.
1869, hypothetical reconstruction of the tetragrammaton YHWH (see Jehovah), based on the assumption that the tetragrammaton is the imperfective of Hebrew verb hawah, earlier form of hayah "was," in the sense of "the one who is, the existing."