Names of God

Torah inside of the former Glockengasse synago...
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I’ve always been interested in studying the names of God.  Thought you might be interested as well.  I’ll tackle a few each week: 

EL:   Meaning “God” – “mighty, strong, prominent” – is used 250 times in the Old Testament.  See Gen. 7:1, 28:3, 35:11; Nu. 23:22; Josh. 3:10; 2 Sam. 22:31, 32; Neh. 1:5, 9:32; Isa. 9:6; Ezek. 10:5.   

ELOHIMMeaning “God” – occurs 2,570 times in the Old Testament; 32 times in Gen. 1.  God as creator, preserver, transcendent, mighty and strong.

EL SHADDAI:  “God Almighty” or “God All Sufficient.”  Used 48 times in the Old Testament; 31 times in Job.  The Septuagint uses Greek ikanos meaning “all-sufficient” or “self-sufficient.”

ADONAIMeans “Master” or “Lord” – used 300 times in the Old Testament Heavy use in Isaiah (Adonai Jehovah); 200 times by Ezekiel; and 10 times in Dan. 9.

 

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