This practice is probably inherited from Judaism, since as far as the Dead Sea Scrolls we find the divine name YHWH or YHW spelled with two or three dots (= one dot for each letter). It indicates the sanctity of the name, which is not to be pronounced, and not even written down, hence the use of substitutive dots.

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On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:46 PM:

Dear Professor, I would like to ask you what mean
three dots in the
symbol of the Divine Name “Yah”, which is found in
Syriac fonts? And
when is used this symbol?
Thank you in advance for your reply.

PS: Many thanks for your beautiful font for CPA.


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