In the Old Testament, the god of the Children of Israel (later the Jews) had a name which was supposedly unknown. It was represented by an unpronouncable four-consonant sstring, which transliterates roughly into the Roman alphabet as JHVJ or YHWH. These are the origins of the names "Jehovah" and "Yahweh," although it's been pointed out that it may just as likely have been pronounced "Yahoo-Wahoo."

This tetragrammaton is considered sacred and powerful by esoteric offshoots of Judeo-Christianity, such as quaballah. There is a belief among some that if it is ever pronounced the world will come to an end. This was represented to the public in Arthur C. Clarke's mediocre (in my opinion) story the Nine Billion Names of God.

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