National Geographic : 1920 Jan
THE ANCIENT HEBREW PRAYER POSTURE SURVIVES TODAY ON MOUNT GERIZIM So reverent were the ancient Hebrews that the name of their God never was pronounced publicly, afact which gave rise tothe "coined word," Jehovah, by which the God of the Old Testament Israel now is known. The proper term was "Yahweh."When this word occurred inHebrew texts another name, "Adonay," was substituted by the priest, and to warn the reader against pronouncing theHoly "Yahweh" thesubstitute word fre quently was printed under the true name. When the Christian translators of the Middle Ages undertook tomake theBible intelligible tothe peoples of Europe they apparently did not know what to make of this double term, so they combined theconsonants of"Yahweh" with the vowels of "Adonay" to form the "Jehovah" of the King James version.