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JAH or YAH (Hebrew : יהּ‎ YAH) is a short form of Yahweh
Yahweh
(in consonantal spelling YHWH Hebrew : יהוה‎, called the Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton
), the proper name of God in the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
. This short form of the name occurs 50 times in the text of the Hebrew Bible, of which 24 form part of the phrase " Hallelujah ".

In an English-language context, the name Jah
Jah
is now most commonly associated with the Rastafari
Rastafari
. It is otherwise mostly limited to the phrase Hallelujah and theophoric names such as Elijah
Elijah
. In the King James Version (1611) there is only a single instance of JAH (capitalised), in Psalm 68 :4. An American Translation
An American Translation
(1939) follows KJV in using Yah in this verse. The conventional English pronunciation of Jah
Jah
is /ˈdʒɑː/ , even though the letter J here transliterates the palatal approximant (Hebrew י Yodh ). The spelling Yah is designed to make the pronunciation /ˈjɑː/ explicit in an English-language context (see also romanization of Hebrew ).

CONTENTS

* 1 Hebrew names of God: Yahweh
Yahweh
and Yahu * 2 Rastafari
Rastafari
usage

* 3 Jewish and Christian Bibles

* 3.1 In music

* 4 See also * 5 References

HEBREW NAMES OF GOD: YAHWEH AND YAHU

Main article: Yahweh
Yahweh

Yahweh
Yahweh
is a name of God in the Hebrew language. Yahu is a well-attested short form of the full or extended name Yahweh
Yahweh
. The short form is preserved primarily in theophoric names such as Elijah ("my god is Jah"), Malchijah ("my king is Jah"), and ( Adonijah ) "my lord is Jah", etc. as well as in the phrase Hallelujah .

RASTAFARI USAGE

RASTAFARI

MAIN DOCTRINES

*

* Jah * Ital
Ital

*

* Zion * Cannabis use

CENTRAL FIGURES

*

* Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
I * Jesus
Jesus

*

* Menen Asfaw * Marcus Garvey
Marcus Garvey

KEY SCRIPTURES

*

* Bible
Bible
* Kebra Nagast
Kebra Nagast

*

* My Life and Ethiopia\'s Progress

*

* The Promise Key * Holy Piby

* Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy

BRANCHES

*

* Mansions * in the U.S.

*

* Bobo Ashanti
Bobo Ashanti
* Nyabinghi

* Twelve Tribes of Israel

FESTIVALS

*

* Shashamane
Shashamane
* Grounation Day

* Reasoning

NOTABLE INDIVIDUALS

* Leonard Howell * Joseph Hibbert
Joseph Hibbert
* Archibald Dunkley * Mortimer Planno * Vernon Carrington
Vernon Carrington
* Charles Edwards * Bob Marley
Bob Marley
* Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh

SEE ALSO

*

* Vocabulary * Persecution

*

* Dreadlocks
Dreadlocks
* Reggae
Reggae

* Roots reggae
Roots reggae
* Lion of Judah
Lion of Judah
* Ethiopian Christianity * Chalice * Index of Rastafari
Rastafari
articles

* v * t * e

Rastafari
Rastafari
use the terms "Jah" or sometimes " Jah
Jah
Jah" as a term for the Lord God of Israel and/or Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
, who some Rastafarians regard as the incarnation of The God of the Old Testament
Old Testament
or as the reincarnation of Jesus
Jesus
Christ who is also known by the title Janhoy.

JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN BIBLES

In the King James Version
King James Version
of the Christian Bible
Bible
as well as other Bible
Bible
versions such as The English Revised Version
Revised Version
of 1885, The Modern Reader's Bible
Bible
(1914), The Complete Bible, An American Translation (1939) and The Geneva Bible
Bible
(1560), the Hebrew יהּ is transliterated as "JAH" (capitalised) in only one instance: "Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him". (Psalm 68:4) An American Translation renders the Hebrew word as "Yah" in this verse. In the 1885 Revised Version
Revised Version
and its annotated study edition, The Modern Reader's Bible
Bible
which uses the Revised Version
Revised Version
as its base text also transliterates "JAH" in Psalms 89:8 which reads,"O LORD God of hosts, who is a mighty one, like unto thee, O JAH? and thy faithfulness is round about thee".

With the rise of the Reformation
Reformation
, reconstructions of the Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton
became popular. The Tyndale Bible
Bible
was the first English translation to use the anglicized reconstruction. The modern letter "J " settled on its current English pronunciation only around 500 years ago; in Ancient Hebrew, the first consonant of the Tetragrammaton always represents a "Y " sound.

Rotherham's Emphasised Bible
Bible
includes 49 uses of Jah. In the Sacred Scriptures Bethel Edition Bible, the Jerusalem Bible
Bible
, and the New Jerusalem Bible
Bible
(prior to 1998) the name "YHWH" and its abbreviated form "Yah" is found. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures , used primarily by Jehovah\'s Witnesses , employs "Jah" in the Hebrew Scriptures , and translates Hallelujah as "Praise Jah" in the Greek Scriptures . The Divine Name King James Bible
Bible
employs "JAH" in 50 instances within the Old Testament
Old Testament
according to the Divine Name Concordance of the Divine Name King James Bible, Second Edition.

The Spanish language Reina Valera Bible
Bible
employs "JAH" in 21 instances within the Old Testament
Old Testament
according to the Nueva Concordancia Strong Exhaustiva. The Darby Bible
Bible
, Young\'s Literal Translation , The Jubilee Bible
Bible
2000, Lexham English Bible
Bible
, The Complete Jewish Bible
Bible
, Names of God
Names of God
Bible
Bible
, The Recovery Version , Green\'s Literal Translation , the New Jewish Publication Society or NJPS Tanakh and World English Bible
Bible
includes "Jah" (Yah in the Lexham English Bible, Complete Jewish Bible, the NJPS Tanakh and the World English Bible) numerous times within the Old Testament
Old Testament
(as well as in the New Testament or New Covenant as is the case in Christian and Messianic Jewish Bibles) as "Hallelujah!" or "Alleluia!" (Praise Jah
Jah
or Yah in either instance) which is also employed throughout the Old Testament of these Bible
Bible
versions.

"Hallelujah!" or "Alleluia!" is also used in other Bible
Bible
versions such as the Divine Name King James Bible
Bible
, American Standard Version
American Standard Version
, the Recovery Version , The Tree of Life Version , Amplified Bible
Bible
, God\'s Word Translation , Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bible
, International Standard Version
International Standard Version
, The Message , New American Bible Revised Edition, The Jerusalem Bible
Bible
, The New Jerusalem Bible
Bible
, NJPS Tanakh , The first JPS translation , The Living Bible
Bible
, The Bible
Bible
in Living English , Young\'s Literal Translation , King James Version
King James Version
, The Spanish language Reina Valera and even in Bible
Bible
versions that otherwise do not generally use the Divine Name such as the New King James Version , English Standard Version
English Standard Version
, J.B. Phillips New Testament, New International Version
New International Version
, Douay-Rheims Version, God\'s Word Translation , Revised Standard Version
Revised Standard Version
, New Revised Standard Version , The Jubilee Bible
Bible
2000, New American Standard Bible
Bible
, New Century Version , New International Reader\'s Version and several other versions, translations and/or editions in English and other languages varying from once to numerous times depending on the Bible version especially and most notably in Revelation Chapter 19 in Christian and Messianic Jewish Bibles.

IN MUSIC

Jah
Jah
is referenced in many reggae songs. The popularity of this music form associated with the Rastafari
Rastafari
has spread the name "Jah" (derived from the KJV Psalms 68:4) beyond the West Indies.

For example, it is referenced in Bob Marley
Bob Marley
's "Is this Love ", in the line: We'll share the same room, for Jah
Jah
provide the bread. It appears in the title of Third World 's hit song "Try Jah
Jah
Love." The Mighty Diamonds song "Pass the Koutchie" has the following lyric: Cause the spirit of Jah, you know he leads you on. Similarly, Mystic Roots "Pass The Marijuana" contains the words Pass the marijuana, give Jah
Jah
thanks and praise today. Also Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
's ode to Marley, "Master Blaster (Jammin\') ", contains the following verse lyric: We've agreed to get together, joined as children in Jah. P.O.D.
P.O.D.
's Song "Strength Of My Life" contains the words If Jah
Jah
is for me, tell me whom I gon' fear? (no I won't fear), and Jah
Jah
of Jacob, deserving of my love. Also, Jah
Jah
is referenced many times in Damian Marley's song Road to Zion and in the songs of Costa Rican singer Noah, such as "If you don't believe in Jah, we can not be together." Additionally, Jah has been linked to acid-reggae music. For example, the name can be heard in Thievery Corporation 's song "The Outernationalist." Hardcore Punk/ Reggae
Reggae
band Bad Brains
Bad Brains
' first album contains the songs "Jah Calling" and "I Luv I Jah." The use of Jah
Jah
in music is also evident in the reggae band Soldiers of Jah
Jah
Army, also known as SOJA. Jah
Jah
also appears in The Lonely Island 's Ras Trent as well as being the subject of "Mount Zion" by the MC Young Zeus. Jah
Jah
also appears in Massive Attack 's song "A Prayer for England": Jah
Jah
forgive us for forgetting, Oh Jah
Jah
help us to be forgiving. Jah
Jah
is also mentioned in the lyrics in "Prayer in C." Also of note is the 1991 release by American ska-punk band Sublime , titled " Jah
Jah
Won't Pay the Bills."

"Jah" sometimes appears in other Christian music genres as well. P.O.D.
P.O.D.
recorded the song "Without Jah, Nothing," and the first line of Camper Van Beethoven 's song " Take the Skinheads Bowling " is Every day, I get up and pray to Jah. Major Lazer
Major Lazer
released a song in 2012 called " Jah
Jah
No Partial."

SEE ALSO

* Iah
Iah

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Abbreviated Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton
in the Jewish Encyclopedia
Jewish Encyclopedia
. * ^ Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari
Rastafari
Reader - Page 333, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, William David Spencer, Adrian Anthony McFarlane - 1998

* v * t * e

Names of God
Names of God

In Christianity • In Hinduism • In Islam • In Judaism • In Zoroastrianism • In Chinese language

* Adonai * Ahura Mazda
Ahura Mazda
* Allah
Allah
* Brahman
Brahman
* Cao Đài
Cao Đài
* Elohim
Elohim
* Elyon * El Shaddai * Great Spirit
Great Spirit
* Haneullim
Haneullim
* Hu * I Am that I Am * Ik Onkar
Ik Onkar
* Ishvara
Ishvara
* Jah * Khuda
Khuda
* The Lord * Ngai * Olodumare * The One * Parvardigar * Shangdi
Shangdi
* Svayam Bhagavan
Svayam Bhagavan
* Tenri-Ō-no-Mikoto * Tianzhu * Waheguru

* YHWH

* Jehovah
Jehovah
* Yahweh