(3 Sep 2010)
"SEGULAH NIFLAH - Is there another non-Masoret version of the Hebrew Scriptures out there somewhere? This text suggests there is."
Segulah Niflah is an ancient Jewish
commentary on Psalm 20. No one knows who wrote it or when it was written,
but it uses 7 different pronunciations for the Divine Name, including the most
common Masoretic pronunciation. It was published in Shulcan
Aruch, and contains a lot of fascinating information.
It tells us several things. First it tells us there is
more than one way to say the Divine Name. It also tells us that there are
Hebrew manuscripts of at least parts of Scripture that had the Divine Name
recorded with a variety of vowel combinations. It tells us that the
scribes QUIT annotating 60 of the Psalms, but tells us that the rest continued
to be annotated with vowels and it provides the vowels for Psalm 20.
It was written during a time when it was permissible to pray
using the Divine Name, since it encourages you to do so. That's not the
case today, but it was when it was written, which is why the commentary says
that when someone is in trouble, he should pray Psalms 20, and say it using the
exact vowels he provides for the Divine Name - a different set of vowels for
each time the Name appears in the Psalm. The author also specifically says that
the vowels he records are what he recieved as a matter of tradition, and was in
those non-Masoret copies of the Psalms that were still floating around at the
time the commentary was written.
Segulah Niflah also answers several questions scholars have
debated over the Divine Name, such as a complex debate on the use of
gender. It's a fascinating reading from Jewish history. I have
provided a complete copy of the Hebrew text and an English translation of
Segulah Niflah at my web site at http://www.messiahalive.com/thename.htm where
I sift through the pages of Jewish history showing you what has been recorded
about the Divine Name over the years. Yes, it will tell you that much of
what you have been taught is wrong - but that is because what you have been
taught disagrees with ancient Jewish tradition. And just in case you might
be wondering if what you have been taught is right and Segulah Niflah is wrong,
well......this is not a rogue document because it was published as part of
Shulcan Aruch in 1550 AD - a document so important to Judaism
that the end of the Rishonim period of Jewish history is defined by the
publication of Shulcan Aruch .
If you go to http://www.messiahalive.com/thename.htm ,
you will find a copy of Segulah Niflah in the PDF I provided entitled "The
Complex Name of the Almighty" along with 2 video lessons on the Divine Name, the
second of which goes into more detail on this ancient commentary.