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  1. Yahweh.
Also Jah·ve, Jah·weh, Jah·we [yah-we] /ˈyɑ wɛ/.


  1. a name of God, transliterated by scholars from the Tetragrammaton and commonly rendered Jehovah.
Also Yah·we, Yah·veh, Yah·ve [yah-ve] /ˈyɑ vɛ/, Jahveh, Jahve, Jahweh, Jahwe.
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Examples from the Web for jahve

Historical Examples

  • The purified Jahve cult, therefore, was not an original folk-religion.

    Elements of Folk Psychology

    Wilhelm Wundt

  • The moralising and spiritualising of the idea of Jahve lies right upon the face of the Old Testament.

  • Jahve was a holy God whose will was to guide the people coming up out of the degradation of nature-worship.

  • 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.

  • But what is true of the figures of the patriarchal sagas applies also, in part, to Jahve himself.

British Dictionary definitions for jahve


Jahweh (ˈjɑːweɪ)

  1. variant of Yahweh


Jahweh Yahveh or Jahveh (ˈjɑːveɪ)

  1. Old Testament a vocalization of the Tetragrammaton, used esp by Christian theologians

Word Origin

from Hebrew, from YHVH, with conjectural vowels; perhaps related to hāwāh to be; see also Jehovah
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Word Origin and History for jahve


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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper