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Names - Bible lexicon

Names are often an expression of character or relationship. God was revealed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty. This indicates the character in which it pleased God to be known by them: He was not known to them as the Lord (Exodus 6: 3). That doesn't mean they hadn't heard of that name, but it didn't express the character of his relationship with them. To Moses he said "I am the Lord" and by this name God was known to Israel: it formed the basis of their relationship with God. When power and authority were handed over to the nations under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, it was said: "The God of Heaven has given you the kingship, the power and the authority and the honor "(Dan 2,37). In Christendom, God was known as the Father (Jn 20:17).

Much is hidden in the various names with which God reveals Himself. The Lord Jesus also has different names: the Son of God, Immanuel, the Son of Man, etc: they all designate the same person, but each name has its own meaning. Throughout the N.T. His name is the center of all blessings (Isa 9,5; Phil 2,9-11).

God has the authority to give names (cf. Rev 2,17). The God-given name suggests what God deems appropriate for the one to whom the name is given. God also has the authority to change people's names: Abram was unnamed in Abraham; Sarai in sara; Jacob in Israel. God gave the reasons why He did this. The Lord Jesus named Simon Peter. God also applied symbolic names to Israel, such as Lo-Ammi, "not-my-people," and Lo-Ruchama, "not pardoned" or "mercy" to illustrate his attitude toward them.

In the A.T. people gave meaningful names to their children. For example, Mrs. Phinehas, who, when she heard that the ark had been taken and that her husband and father-in-law were dead, named her child Ikabod, "non-glory," because the ark had been taken from Israel had been led away.

For many years, lists of names have been given in concordances, listing the correct names of the Bible with their meanings, and sometimes some derivations are determined by the meaning of the character of the persons who bear the names; but it should be remembered that in many cases where people have shared the same name, there have been great differences in their position and character that the names may have nothing to do with their character. This is also made clear by the example of John the Baptist, who, as usual, should be named after his father's name. For this reason an objection was raised that he should be called John (Lk 1: 59-63).