E is for Emmanuel

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter E

Emmanuel (sometimes spelled Immanuel) means God with usIsaiah 7:14 which was quoted in Matthew’s gospel Matthew 1:22-23 and Isaiah 8:8. The prophetic book of Isaiah was written around 700BC.  The more I study the Bible, the more amazed I am about how the individual books, written by many individuals over millennia, work together to reveal the nature of God and His purpose in sending his Son to be God with us.

El Shaddai was a name given to God in the early books of the Bible.  It is translated as God Almighty in the King James (or authorised) version.  It was used in the Book of Genesis by God speaking to Abraham.  Genesis 17:1  As God revealed more of his nature, other names were added and El Shaddai was used less frequently.  Other names are translated as God Almighty in later books of the Bible.

These are both Hebrew names.  Rewriting names in another alphabet is not always exact, which is the reason variations in spelling arise.

All the names in the Bible were originally written in another alphabet.  The Old Testament was originally written mostly in Hebrew and the New Testament mostly in Greek.

Did you know that the English word “Goodbye” is derived from the blessing, “God be with you”?  That expresses the idea of Emmanuel.

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6 thoughts on “E is for Emmanuel

  1. This a comforting name. I didn’t know about the origin of “Good-bye”. I wonder how many atheists say this without knowing the meaning? A bit ironic.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    A Faraway View

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  2. In keeping with the culture and language of the times there were many titles used to describe facets of God. Names and titles had meaning for the situation of the moment. Even God’s personal name, Yahweh, meant he who causes to become.

    I, too, have always found these titles fascinating.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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