In the Book of Exodus the Lord told Moses that His name is “I am who I am.” What is the connection between this saying and the Lord’s name “YHWH.”  

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"YHWH" is the translation (without vowels) of "Yahweh."

...the unvocalised YHWH is the only form that appeared in Hebrew before 800 CE, and Yahweh is a modern "best guess" scholarly convention...

This appears in the Old Testament in the book of Exodus, found in the story of Moses. When God gives the Ten Commandments to Moses, he then brings them to the Isrealites...

Then God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves. You shall have no other gods to rival me.’ (Exodus 20:1-3)

God has identified himself by name to His people.

When Moses asks God his name, God responds by saying "I Am that I Am" (or "I am who I am").

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (often contracted in English as "I AM") is one of the Seven Names of God.

The connection then between "I Am that I Am" and YHWH is that these are two of the seven names by which God was/is known. In the old Hebrew, it was understood that...

God exists by himself for himself.


...the uncreated Creator.

"I am who I am" refers to God as a being with no beginning and no end: "ongoing." Ehyeh is considered by some scholars to be a version of "Yahweh." There does not seem to be any concrete evidence to definitively show that Ehyeh and YHWH are the same name...perhaps not even "related concepts:" derived from Eyheh or whether the two are unrelated concepts, is a subject of debate amongst historians and theologians.

The only connection that seems to be clear is that both refer to God, and that God is known by seven distinct names. These are names used in the Old Testament, some only for a time, featured in the scriptures to a point and then never to be used again.