THE QUEST FOR THE ORIGINAL AND TRUE PRONUNCIATION OF THE SACRED NAME
The Old Covenant Name
As with any religious movement, the sacred name movement has its prominent identification mark. Preachers and teachers in this movement demand that their members pronounce the Hebrew name of God. This name they call the sacred name. Because of this emphasis, they call themselves the sacred name believers, thus the sacred name movement.
God's name, given to Moses at the burning bush, is written with four Hebrew letters - hwhy, in the most ancient Hebrew Old Testament manuscripts and inscriptions. At that time and for many centuries afterward the Hebrew alphabet was made up only of consonants. Therefore, these four letters are consonants.
This word is called "the tetragrammaton" (word of four letters) by language specialists. Depending on which scholar you consult, it is transliterated into English either as YHWH or as YHVH. This divergence of transliterations is only the beginning of the confusion and inconsistencies for sacred name teachers. That confusion is exacerbated by the fact that the pronunciation of the Name was lost in antiquity.