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Jah (IPA: [dʒa:]) is a name for God, most commonly used in the Rastafari movement. It comes from the Hebrew יָהּ = Yah [ja:]. Symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Haile Selassie I Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, is a religion that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, whom they call Jah. ...


In the Rastafari movement

Some Rastafarians consider Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia to be God incarnate, whom they call Jah. Referring to him by the title of Jah Rastafari, some consider him to have been the personification of Jah, but this is only one interpretation or metaphor for Rasta belief. (There is no central Rastafarian dogma.) [1] Haile Selassie Emperor Haile Selassie I (Power of Trinity) (born Lij Tafari Makonnen, July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975), styled His Imperial Majesty (or HIM), was the Emperor (1930–1936; 1941–1974) of Ethiopia, and is the religious symbol for God incarnate among the Rastafari movement. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Look up incarnation, incarnate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

In addition, Haile Selassie himself denied that he was the returning Messiah to save the people from their wicked ways.

Another way some Rastafarians use to express the idea of Jah is the phrase "I and I" (such as "I And I Survive" the title of a song by hardcore punk and reggae band Bad Brains, usually written "I&I") to represent each and every person who recognizes themselves to be part of a trinitarian unity "Haile Selassie I / Jah / I." Bad Brains are an American punk rock band, originally formed in Washington, D.C. in 1979 . ...

Other uses

Jah (Yah) is often used as a shortened form of the name Jehovah¹ or Yahweh. Thus, the term Hallelujah would mean "Praise Jah." In the West Indies, the recent popularity of Christian reggae has led to the use of the names "Jah" and "I and I" in Christian circles, especially among younger believers. This term is also used in Christian hip hop, typically for no reason but to rhyme, by such artists as KJ-52 and Pigeon John of LA Symphony. P.O.D. has also controversially popularized Rastafarian terms such as "Jah" among young Christians. According to the band, they use such terms to refer to elements of the Bible. Songs such as "The Messenjah" from Satellite and "Strength of My Life" from Testify (featuring Matisyahu) explicitly use common Rastafarian terms to describe elements of Christianity and Judaism. Matisyahu has also used Rastafarian terminology (particularly on his debut album Shake Off the Dust...Arise), but never to the same extent. This article is about a reading of the name of God in Hebrew scripture. ... For other uses, see Yahweh (disambiguation). ... Look up Hallelujah in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Christian Hip Hop (originally Gospel Rap, also known as Holy Hip Hop or Christ hop) is a form of hip hop music which uses Christian themes to express the songwriters faith. ... KJ-52 (born Jonah Sorrentino, June 26, 1975) is a Christian rapper, best known for two songs addressed to another rapper, Eminem. ... LA Symphony is an Christian hip hop/underground hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the California metal band. ... Satellite is the second album by P.O.D., released on September 11, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Testify is rap metal band P.O.D.s sixth studio album, fourth major-label album, originally for release in December 2005 but finally slated for a January 24, 2006 release by Atlantic Records. ... Matisyahu is the Hebrew name of Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30, 1979), a popular Hasidic Jewish reggae artist. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shake Off the Dust. ...

In the original text of the Hebrew Bible, "Jah" occurs 26 times alone and 24 times in the term "Hallelujah." 11th century manuscript of the Hebrew Bible with Targum Hebrew Bible is a term that refers to the common portions of the Jewish canon and the Christian canons. ...

It is transliterated "Jah" in a single instance (Psalm 68:4) in the King James Version of the Bible, and An American Translation has "Yah" at the same place. The Jehovah's Witnesses' New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures contains "Jah" 50 times in the OT and 4 times in the book of Revelation. The complete Tetragrammaton is always rendered as Jehovah. Rotherham's Emphasised Bible includes 49 uses of Jah. Masoretic Tanach: Psalms 68:19, יָהּ אֱלֹהִים - Yah Elohim.Also, the game Soldat uses a default hot key making the user say 'Life is the most precious gift Jah has given me' The King James or Authorized Version of the Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible first published in 1611. ... The Bible, An American Translation (AAT) (not to be confused with Becks American Translation done later) consists of The Old Testament translated by a group of scholars under the editorship of J.M. Powis Smith, and The New Testament translated by Edgar J. Goodspeed. ... The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) is a modern-language translation of the Bible published by the Jehovahs Witnesses, specifically Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. ... Revelation of the Last Judgment by Jacob de Backer Revelation is an uncovering or disclosure via communication from the divine of something that has been partially or wholly hidden or unknown, which could not be known apart from the unveiling (Goswiller 1987 p. ... It has been suggested that Yahweh be merged into this article or section. ... The Masoretic Text (MT) is the Hebrew text of the Tanakh approved for general use in Judaism. ... 11th century Targum Tanakh [תנ״ך] (also spelt Tanach or Tenach) is an acronym for the three parts of the Hebrew Bible, based upon the initial Hebrew letters of each part: Torah [תורה] (The Law; also: Teaching or Instruction), Chumash [חומש] (The... Psalms (from the Greek: Psalmoi) (originally meaning songs sung to a harp, from psallein play on a stringed instrument, Ψαλμοί; Hebrew: Tehilim, תהילים) is a book of the Hebrew Bible, Tanakh or Old Testament. ... This article is about the Hebrew word. ...

With Egyptian, not Hebrew, origin

Jah is also an alternative spelling of the name of the Egyptian deity Iah. Some believe there could be a connection between this name and the Semitic name Jah.[citation needed] The Egyptian J’ḥ, transliterated Iah (or Jah), was the word for moon. ... In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical Shem, Hebrew: שם, translated as name, Arabic: سام) was first used to refer to a language family of largely Middle Eastern origin, now called the Semitic languages. ...

References to Jah in Music and Literature

Jah is referenced in many reggae songs, including many Bob Marley songs, such as "Jah Is Mighty" and "Forever Loving Jah". The hardcore punk band Bad Brains often use the title 'Jah' in songs. This article is about the reggae musician. ... Bad Brains are an American punk rock band, originally formed in Washington, D.C. in 1979 . ...

Indie rap artist, Sage Francis released a song entitled "Jah Didn't Kill Johnny" on his 2005 album A Healthy Distrust. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Healthy Distrust is an album by underground rapper Sage Francis. ...

William David Spencer, in his book Dread Jesus (ISBN 0-281-05101-1), proposes that Archibald Dunkley and Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert were among the preachers that inspired the Rastafari movement, and that both were members of the Ancient Mystic Order of Ethiopia, a Prince Hall Masonic organization. Spencer believes that several features of the Rastafari movement derive from this lodge, including the name "Jah", from the Masonic form "Jah-Bul-On" as revealed in Royal Arch Masonry. Dread Jesus, published in 1999, is a book witten by William David Spencer. ... Prince Hall Freemasonry derives from historical events which led to a tradition of separate, predominantly African-American, Freemasonic fraternal organization in North America. ... American Square & Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ... This box:      The term York Rite is a term most often used in the United States of America to refer to a collection of Masonic degrees that, in most other countries, are conferred separately. ...

A. J. Hill, in his book The Way home or face The Fire (ISBN 0-9583011-0-7), states to be the reincarnation of the prophet EliJAH and Christ, using the name JAH.

In the opening dream sequence of the movie Ali G in da House, Ali (Sacha Baron Cohen)who commonly uses Jamaican slang in an effort to pass for black. Becomes involved in a gang war with a multitude of cholos. After the initial firefight, Ali discovers a young Latino child caught in the crossfire. Ali uses himself to shield the child, (this scene is a set up for a an inappropirate joke) after Ali returns the boy to safety he softly tells the boy that "Life is the most precious gift, Jah has given to us." Ali G Indahouse is a 2002 movie directed by Mark Mylod starring the fictional character Ali G, performed by the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. ... This article is about the British comedian. ... For the Choloa language, see Emberá languages. ... // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... A crossfire (also known as interlocking fire) is a military term for the siting of weapons (often automatic weapons such as machine guns) so that their arcs of fire overlap, yay. ...

In the song at the end of the Futurama episode How Hermes Requisitioned his Groove Back Hermes sings "We didn't choose to be bureaucrats, no that's what our mighty Jah made us..."

The Massive Attack song "A Prayer for England", sung by Sinead O'Connor, from their album 100th Window is a prayer to Jah. Massive Attack are a trip hop band from Bristol, England. ... Sinéad OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish pop singer and songwriter. ... 100th Window is the fourth album from the Bristol-based trip-hop group Massive Attack. ...

See also

Nu metal band P.O.D. made a song called "Withough Jah (Nothin')" on their album Satellite. Many references are made to Jah on the album. Leonard P. Howell (1898 - ?) is the founder of the Rastafarian religious movement. ...

Long Beach, Californian band "Sublime" have made many references to Jah, and reggae music in their career and time, as well. Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician who served as lead singer and guitarist of the ska-punk band Sublime. ...


  • Dread Jesus ISBN 0-281-05101-1
  • The Way home or face The Fire ISBN 0-9583011-0-7

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