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True Word of Yah: What is in a Name? The Study of EL.

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

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Have you ever noticed what the names mean in Scripture? Every word in the Bible has meaning. God did not use words or names just because He thought they sounded good. All names hold value.

New World Encyclopedia Says:

"Ēl (Hebrew: אל) is a northwest Semitic word meaning "god" or "God." In the English Bible, the derivative name Elohim is normally translated as "God," while Yahuah is translated as "The Lord." El can be translated either as "God" or "god," depending upon whether it refers to the one God or to a lesser divine being. As an element in proper names, "el" is found in ancient Aramaic, Arabic, and Ethiopic languages, as well as Hebrew (e.g. "Samu·el" and "Jo·el"). In the post-biblical period, "el" becomes a regular element in the names of angels such as "Gabri·el," "Micha·el," and "Azri·el," to denote their status as divine beings. The semantic root of the Islamic word for God "Allah" is related to the semitic word El.

In Exodus 6:2–3, Yahuah states:

I revealed myself to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as Ēl Shaddāi, but was not known to them by my name Yahuah.

Today we commonly hear the phrase "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Abraham entered into a relationship with the God who was known as the "Shield of Abraham," Isaac covenanted with "the Fear of Isaac," and Jacob with "the Mighty One." The Bible identifies these personal gods as forms of the one high god El. Genesis indicates that not only the Hebrew patriarchs, but also their neighbors in Canaan and others throughout Mesopotamia, worshiped El as the highest God. (We will learn more about this soon as All Nations Once Knew El Elyon Abba Yah)

For example, the king of the town of Salem (the future Jerusalem) greeted and blessed Abraham in the name of the "God Most High"—El Elyon:

Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High [El Elyon], and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High" (Gen. 14:19).

Soon after this, Abraham swore an oath to the king of Sodom in the name of El Elyon, identifying him as "The Creator of Heaven and earth" (Gen. 14:22). Later, when God established the covenant of circumcision with Abraham, he identified himself as El Shaddai—God Almighty (Gen. 17:1). It is also El Shaddai who blessed Jacob and told him to change his name to "Isra·el" (Gen. 35:10-11). And it is in El Shaddai's name that Jacob conferred his own blessing to his sons, the future patriarchs of the tribes of Israel:

By the God (El) of you father, who helps you … the Almighty (Shaddai), who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb (Gen. 49:25).

What Are Semitic Languages?

Definition of Semitic language-(Merriam Webster Dictionary) : a language that belongs to a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family including Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Ethiopic

The plural form ēlim (gods) occurs only four times in the Bible. Psalm 29 begins: "Ascribe to Yahuah, you sons of gods (benê ēlîm)." Psalm 89:6 asks: "Who in the skies compares to Yahuah, who can be likened to Yahweh among the sons of gods (benê ēlîm)." One of the other two occurrences is in the "Song of Moses," Exodus 15:11: "Who is like you among the gods (ēlim), Yahuah?" The final occurrence is in Daniel 11.35: "The king will do according to his pleasure; and he will exalt himself and magnify himself over every god (ēl), and against the God of gods (ēl ēlîm)."

The form ēlohim, translated "God," is not strictly speaking a plural, since even though it has the plural ending -im, it functions grammatically as a singular noun. Elohim was the normal word for the God of the Hebrews; it appears in the Hebrew Bible more frequently than any word for God except Yahuah.

So what do the Names with El in the Scriptures mean? Let us find out.

1. El-H410 ʼêl, ale; shortened from H352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):—God (god), × goodly, × great, idol, might(-y one), power, strong. Compare names in '-el.'

*Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, H410 possessor of heaven and earth:

*Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel H410. (The name Immanuel in Hebrew shows as H410 for god and references H6005 showing the connection to God)

2. Immanuel- H6005- ʻImmânûwʼêl, im-maw-noo-ale'; from H5973 and with a pronominal suffix inserted; with us (is) God; Immanuel, a type name of Isaiah's son:—Immanuel.

*Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. H6005

3. Immanuel-G1694- Ἐμμανουήλ Emmanouḗl, em-man-oo-ale'; of Hebrew origin (H6005); God with us; Emmanuel, a name of Christ:—Emmanuel.

*Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, G1694 which being interpreted is, God with us.

4. Joel- H3100- Yôwʼêl, yo-ale'; from H3068 and H410; Jehovah (is his) God; Joel, the name of twelve Israelites:—Joel.

*Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel H3100 the son of Pethuel.

5. Samuel- H8050- Shᵉmûwʼêl, sehm-oo-ale'; from the passive participle of H8085 and H410; heard of God; Shemuël, the name of three Israelites:—Samuel, Shemuel.

* 1Samuel 2:18 But Samuel H8050 ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

6. Michael- H4317- Mîykâʼêl, me-kaw-ale'; from H4310 and (the prefix derivative from) H3588 and H410; who (is) like God?; Mikael, the name of an archangel and of nine Israelites:—Michael.

*Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, H4317 one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

7. Daniel- H1840- daw-nee-yale'; in Ezekiel it is; דָּנִאֵל Dâniʼêl; from H1835 and H410; judge of God; Daniel or Danijel, the name of two Israelites:—Daniel.

*Ezekiel 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, H1840 and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

8. Ezekiel-H3168- Yᵉchezqêʼl, yekh-ez-kale'; from H2388 and H410; God will strengthen; Jechezkel, the name of two Israelites:—Ezekiel, Jehezekel.

*Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel H3168 is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

9. Gabriel- G1043- Gabriḗl, gab-ree-ale'; of Hebrew origin (H1403); Gabriel, an archangel:—Gabriel.

*Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, G1043 that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

10. Gabriel- H1403- Gabrîyʼêl, gab-ree-ale'; from H1397 and H410; man of God; Gabriel, an archangel:—Garbriel.

*Daniel 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, H1403 whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

11. Israel H3478- Yisrâʼêl, yis-raw-ale'; from H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity:—Israel.

*Genesis 36:31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. H3478

12. Ishmael- H3458- Yishmâʻêʼl, yish-maw-ale'; from H8085 and H410; God will hear; Jishmael, the name of Abraham's oldest son, and of five Israelites:—Ishmael.

*Genesis 16:16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael H3458 to Abram.


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