The Ineffable Name Doctrine and Christianity

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Short Study

The “ineffable name” doctrine, a doctrine that teaches we should not pronounce our Heavenly Father’s Name, appears as early as the 150 AD/CE in the works of Justin Martyr, a Samaritan convert to Christianity.

Justin made a special point about his many discussions with the Jews, discussions which apparently greatly influenced his own thinking in regard to the use of the name Yahweh:

“And all the Jews even now teach that the nameless God spoke to Moses.” (I Apol., 63)

Justin voices these opinions:

“For God cannot be called by any proper name” (Justin’s Hortatory Address to the Greeks, 21)

“For no one can utter the name of the ineffable God; and if any one dare to say that there is a name, he raves with a hopeless madness.” (I Apol.,61)

Question: did Yahweh Himself rave with hopeless madness when He said “This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” in Exodus 3:15?

Was the psalmist raving with hopeless madness when saying “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Yahweh.” in Psalm 116:17?

This is among many false doctrines creeping into Christianity during in this era. We should return to the doctrine found in the scriptures.