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Submitted by Oliver (United States), Jan 5, 2008 at 19:30

Dear zzazzeefrazzee ...

Exo 3:14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM' has sent me to you."

Exo 3:15 And God, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. ‘This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.' [NASB]

In this English translation [NASB] YHWH is translated as LORD because in the LXX, a Greek translation of the Torah made by 70 Jewish scholars, YHWH is translated with the Greek word Kurios, which means Lord. YHWH told Moses His personal NAME when He sent Moses to lead the Hebrews out of bondage in Egypt. Before the advent of Islam, there was a god within the Arabian pantheon with the name Allah – it was, in fact, considered the chief god of their pantheon (like the Greek god Zeus was the chief god of the Greek pantheon). Why would the God of the Hebrews (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), who had a specific personal name (a name for all generations) that was totally disassociated from the Hebrew generic words for god and any specific names of other so-called gods, reveal Himself to Mohammad by the name of the local chief deity of a polytheistic pantheon? The fact of the matter is He didn't – ALLAH IS, in point of fact, NOT YHWH.

Peace ... Oliver

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