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Jehovah's Witnesses

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Author(s): Schmidt, Robert
Origin 1. Jehovah's Witnesses (until 1931 the International Association of Bible Scholars) are an independent international Christian religious community that has performed intensive Bible and mission work since the 1870s. The name ‘Jehovah's Witnesses’ goes back to the biblical passage Isaiah 43:8–13: Jehovah (instead of Yahweh) takes a reading of the ancient Hebrew word for God YHWH that has altered vocalization (and a wordplay on adonai, ‘Lord’), which Jewish believers use out of reverence for the → name of God itself. One meets Jehovah's Witnesses on the street, in publi…