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Yahweh, also known as Jehovah and YHWH (or JHWH), is the notional god of the Bible -- 'notional' because the text fails to present a consistent or coherent picture of the nature, characteristics, abilities or utterances of this deity such as would encourage one to acknowledge that a single real entity is being described. This situation no doubt results from the fact that the Bible is a post-hoc assemblage of texts from a number of different eras and mythic traditions, in some of which the male creator-god is 'omniscient', 'invisible', 'non-physical' and 'all-powerful', while in others he is fallible, visible, requires food, can be heard 'walking', has limited power, and so on.

The Unpronouncable Name

In the Hebrew Bible, the symbols forming the word YHWH are not pronounced, as the "true name" of God is considered unpronouncable. When reading this word, Jews substitute the Hebrew word "Adonai," which means "Lord."

References in Popular Culture

A comedy skit in The Life of Brian revolves around numerous characters repeatedly saying "Jehovah" and being stoned to death.

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