Roman and German Names of the Deity. Answers to Quora Queries.
Does the name of the Hebrew God YHWH share roots with the Indo-European sky God that has homophonic names like Zeu and Iove?
The Greek Zeus is, like the Celtic Esus, probably derived from a pronunciation of Esau. Descendants of Esau settled in parts of Greece such as Sparta. The Sabines who helped found Rome came from Sparta. Other lineages that contributed to the mixed Roman ethnogenesis were also derived from Esau otherwise known as Edom. [Part of the Germans and other European elites had similar origins.] The Roman equivalent of Zeus was Jupiter or Jove. The name Jupiter means 'Jove the Father.' Jove, it has been reported, was originally pronounced something like 'Yoweh.' The 'J' had a 'y' sound and the 'œv' was like 'œw'. This is similar to the Hebrew name for God. The Edomites who helped found Rome had picked up the name from the Hebrews.