"The terms “YHWH” and “Yahweh” refer to the same concept in the context of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). YHWH represents the four Hebrew consonants (yod, he, vav, he) that form the sacred name of God in the Hebrew scriptures. The exact pronunciation of this name has been debated among scholars and translators.
“Yahweh” is a commonly used vocalization of the divine name YHWH. It is derived from the ancient Hebrew language and is widely accepted by scholars as a probable pronunciation. The name Yahweh is often used in English translations of the Bible.
Regarding which term came first, it is believed that the sacred name YHWH existed before the specific vocalization “Yahweh” emerged. The ancient Hebrews considered the divine name to be sacred and did not typically vocalize it. The vocalization “Yahweh” is a modern scholarly approximation based on linguistic analysis and historical context.
So, in summary, the concept represented by both “YHWH” and “Yahweh” predates the specific vocalization of “Yahweh” and is associated with the God of the Hebrew Bible." -ChatGPT
So what do you guys think? I personally think that YHWH represented for the Jewish people both “source” and “desert war god”. YHWH was probably originally just a term for “source” or “the most high”, but during the Jewish enslavement, this God needed to develop more of a dark side to ensure the victory of his people.
That is how “Yahweh” came to “rule” the tree of life; being the most high (to the Jews). What sucks for the rest of us is that his warlike traits are “baked in” to his divinity, causing quite the mental contradiction when trying to work with him.
I guess its like anything good. What starts out as pure can become quickly corrupted given the right circumstances.
I’d love to hear your thoughts…