The Tremellius and Junio's Bible in Is. 60:1-2 renders the Hebrew name of God (יהוה) as Jehovæ. how is this word properly pronounced in Latin?


  • Since Latin has been spoken for so long, there is no single pronunciation system for Latin that is unanimously agreed to be the "proper" one. For example, English-speaking students taking a Latin course at school in the United States are likely to be taught to follow the "restored" pronunciation system; singers working on a choral piece might be taught to use an "ecclesiastical Latin" pronunciation system; and English-speaking students of law or medicine might use what Wikipedia calls the "traditional English pronunciation of Latin".
    – Asteroides
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 20:48
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    @Asteroides, this is a very appropriate question. I would mean the context of Bible reading. It's interesting to add another detail, the Tremellius/Junio - Beza Bible, in contrast with the Vulgate, was Protestant so much so that was one of the sources of the KJV. That being said, I don't know whether Protestants pronounced the "ecclesiatical Latin" or the Ciceronian latin. Any insights are very welcome. Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 12:27

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If you wanted to pronounce it like:

  • English scientific or legal Latin, it would be pronounced "jah-HOE-vee"
  • If you wanted to give it an Ecclesiastical or modern-Roman pronunciation, it would be pronounced "yay-Oh-vay", with a silent H.
  • If you wanted to pronounce it according to the Vox Latina textbook, which is popular these days in academic and educational circles, you would pronounce it something like "yay-HOE-why" or "yeh-HOE-why".

So as Asteroides pointed out, you have lots of options. I only listed three.

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