January 9, 2009 8:14am CST
why do jews write G-d instead of God? i have noticed people writing G-d and i found all of them to be jews... why do they do like this?
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9 Jan 09
Well for people who speak English, it's His name. :P The God of Abraham has many names. All should be kept Holy. The old testament (Jewish Bible) typically refer to Him as YHWH; pronounced "Yahweh" in English, which is meant to be an abbreviation for Jehovah. So in English they do the same thing with "God."
9 Jan 09
I'm no jew but the reason should be the same as the reason why Christians also write only 2 letters to mean Christ. Early Christians only wrote two letters from the greek alphabet to mean Christ, which letters were chi and rho, although this practice has it's roots during the time when Christians were persecuted for their faith, so they had to hide the name of Christ through symbols and abbreviations. Today, that practice is still carried on though only a few Christians know it's meaning...well most Christians today are only christians by name anyway. That's why the altar or the priests robe still have this symbol, the chirho which look an x and a p combined but are actually not the letters x and p. Anyway, have a good one.