Hand Behold Nail Behold

The Tetragrammaton, which is the four letter representation of the revealed name of God in Hebrew, was first written in an ancient form of Hebrew now referred to as Paleo Hebrew.

Paleo Hebrew, like other ancient written forms, is pictorial in nature.
This provides a meaning for words which is built up from pictorial symbols, which when combined express both a complete word and a combination of meanings.

The combined word for the Tetragrammaton – YHWH – is often translated into English as
“I Am who I Am” and expresses the eternal presence and identity of God, as well as other deep concepts as to His self-revealing nature.

When taken as individual Paleo Hebrew symbols however you get the following four representations:
Hand (Yodh)
Behold (He)
Nail (Waw)
Behold (He)

What is the significance of this?
When Jesus confronts Thomas after His resurrection He says these words to Him;
“Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” John 20:27

What is Thomas’ response in John 20:28?
“Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!””

This is an amazing revelation given to Thomas that Jesus is the I Am – YHWH Himself – and the root written form of this, before crucifixion with nails was invented and before Jesus was born, was…

Hand   Behold   Nail   Behold

(Thanks to John Manwell for sharing his discovery of this with me)

The meaning of the Paleo Hebrew symbols of the Tetragrammaton

The meaning of the Paleo Hebrew symbols of the Tetragrammaton


Then wind,
Then heat, light, fire.
How the power moves
From heaven thru Earth,
From God to man.
Spirit, like energy;
Energy, like Spirit,
Never created,
Nor ever destroyed,
But transferred and transformed,
Given and returned.
Spirit of energy,
Dynamic Life,
Move to us and through us,
In power today.
Bring to us,
And in us,
Your Divine person
Into our quickened souls.

Written for Pentecost Sunday, 27th May 2012


You work
Full of splendour and majesty.
You work
In faithfulness and love.
You work
To show even greater works.
You work
All things for the good of those who love you.
You work
Righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
You work
Salvation for your people in the midst of the earth.
You work
And have been working since the beginning.
You work
All things to perfect completion.
You work
Until it is finished, and then you rest.
On the sabbath,
May we rest in your work.
May we rest in your rest.


The Hebrew triconsonantal root of the word amen has the following meanings:

  • To be firm
  • Confirmed
  • Reliable
  • Faithful
  • Have faith
  • Believe

So when you say, “amen”, you are believing by faith and simultaneously affirming and confirming it to be true.
Or, put another way, it’s like saying, “I believe! Yes, I believe!”