Do you know the names of God?
Most English translations of the Bible refer to the Creator with just a handful of well-known terms: God, Lord, and LORD. But behind these titles is a wide range of colorful and evocative Hebrew and Aramaic names for God—names like Yahweh, El Shadday, El Elyon, and Adonay.
While the titles “God” and “Lord” are perfectly acceptable translations, they have the effect of obscuring the variety of the original titles and names used to describe God. And so The Names of God Bible, the newest addition to our online library, restores thousands of names and titles to their Hebrew equivalent. The result is a unique reading experience in which you’ll see how the authors of Scripture referred to the living God who inspired and rescued them.
Here are a few examples of well-known Bible passages as translated in The Names of God Bible:
In the beginning Elohim created heaven and earth.
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Ruach Elohim was hovering over the water. — Genesis 1:1-2
Listen, Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim. Yahweh is the only God. Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. — Deuteronomy 6:4-9
But Moses said to Elohim, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
Elohim answered, “I will be with you. And this will be the proof that I sent you: When you bring the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship Elohim on this mountain.”
Then Moses replied to Elohim, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The Elohim of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?”
Elohim answered Moses, “Ehyeh Who Ehyeh. This is what you must say to the people of Israel: ‘Ehyeh has sent me to you.’”
Again Elohim said to Moses, “This is what you must say to the people of Israel: Yahweh Elohim of your ancestors, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever. This is my title throughout every generation.” — Exodus 3:11-15
O Yahweh, our Adonay, how majestic is your name throughout the earth! — Psalm 8:1
It’s interesting how a simple change in name or title can make even very familiar passages seem fresh. Particularly when combined with a good Bible commentary, you’ll find that there is much to be learned in the nuances of God’s names and titles. We hope you find The Names of God Bible to be an inspiring addition to your Bible reading, and we’re grateful to Baker Publishing Group for making it available on Bible Gateway.
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