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Why type G-d and not God?

Why do people type G-d and not God? I see it in things posted by Jewish people mostly. Just wondering why.

 
MommyCakesinTX

Asked by MommyCakesinTX at 11:34 AM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Anyways, God HAS revealed Himself to His people. We are told to call on the Name of the Lord.

    The Hebrew Scribes, when they would copy the Bible, would take a bath every time they would come to a part where they would have to write the name of the Lord. They respect His name. They don't write it out because they don't want someone to come and dishonor it, by crossing it out or profaning it.

    They would refer to His name as "the Name" and they felt unworthy to even say His Name outloud--as if something so Holy could be profaned by coming out of our sinfull lips.

    So to answer your question. They do that to go out of their way to show honor and respect for the Holy Name of God.
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:46 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • in the jewish religion they are not supposed to spell his name out, im not exactly sure y tho, but when writing they cant spell it out it has to do with their religion :) look it up im sure u can find soemthing
    babygirl8302006

    Answer by babygirl8302006 at 11:43 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • I believe that it is out of reverence, although I am not 100%.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • I believe it comes out of the idea that the name Yahweh isn't actually a name. In Ancient times the belief was that by knowing the name of a God you could have control over them. In response to this the Israelite God refused to give the people his name. because of this many modern day people believe that he did not want his name used. They transfer this all the way even to the title of God...

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:54 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • I always thought it had to do with the humility of the sinner.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 12:00 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • In reality it really doesn't matter cause Gods real name is unpronouncable so you would not even be able to write it anyhow.
    IraqiVetWife

    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 12:12 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • They spell it G-d because God is holy and they don't want to dis respect God.
    BOOGIETHEBOOG

    Answer by BOOGIETHEBOOG at 12:39 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • what Boogietheboog said is the easiest answer. However, here's a link with the full explanation by a Jewish Rabbi -

    http://judaism.about.com/od/reformjudaismfaq/f/god_spelling.htm
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • "I believe it comes out of the idea that the name Yahweh isn't actually a name."

    I disagree with Sabrina. YHWH is His name and it is Holy. Other names for God like Elohim and Adonai have been used by other people to refer to their gods. but YHWH is God's name given to Moses, and it never refers to anyone but OUR God. It IS His name, and it is holy. And we are to honor His name. The third commandment is, "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7.

    Why would God tell us not to take His name in vain if Yahweh was not His name?

    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:44 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • If we write out the name, then we might accidentally do something to show disrespect to his name. So in order to avoid that possibility, we don't write out the full name.
    eema.gray

    Answer by eema.gray at 3:58 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

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