My neighbors are Jehovah's Witnesses, and I'd love to invite them to Thanksgiving dinner.
But I don't want to offend them: I hear that Witnesses celebrate very few holidays.
The Hebrew consonants of the name are therefore known.Non-Biblical Hebrew documents, such as the so-called Lachish Letters, show the name was used in regular correspondence in Palestine during the latter part of the seventh century B. However, Jehovah himself said that he would ‘have his name declared in all the earth’ (Ex ; compare 1Ch , 24; Ps 113:3; Mal , 14), to be known even by his adversaries. 119) Another claim is that the purpose was to protect the name from use in magical rites. E., there first appears some evidence of a superstitious attitude toward the name.(Isa 64:2) The name was in fact known and used by pagan nations both in pre-Common Era times and in the early centuries of the Common Era. If so, this was poor reasoning, as it is obvious that the more mysterious the name became through disuse the more it would suit the purposes of practicers of magic. 326) It regularly presents the Tetragrammaton, written in square Hebrew characters, in each case of its appearance in the Hebrew text being translated. Josephus, a Jewish historian from a priestly family, when recounting God’s revelation to Moses at the site of the burning bush, says: “Then God revealed to him His name, which ere then had not come to men’s ears, and of which I am forbidden to speak.” (II, 276 [xii, 4]) Josephus’ statement, however, besides being inaccurate as to knowledge of the divine name prior to Moses, is vague and does not clearly reveal just what the general attitude current in the first century was as to pronouncing or using the divine name.(Note: all other forms of medical treatment are acceptable.) . The oldest Hebrew manuscripts present the name in the form of four consonants, commonly called the Tetragrammaton (from Greek ).
Can I at least bring them leftovers a day or two later? No offense would be taken by bringing turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie and all the fixin's over to your neighbors' house.