In the context of Hebrew names either speaking of attributes of God or the bearer of the name, I think this modern Hebrew poem is well worth a reflective read: Each of us has a name given by God and given by our parents Each of us has a name given by our stature and … More Each of us has a name by Zelda
Someone made me aware the other day of a Hebrew interpretation of the number of the beast, 666, that figures in the Book of Revelation. Now, I should make it clear that I am not in favour of extrapolating anything from the numerical values of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Below I return to … More The Number of the Beast in Hebrew?
Jonathan (יונתן) – This lovely Hebrew name means ‘the LORD gives’ or ‘the LORD has given’. The root *ntn in Hebrew denotes giving and the verb in the perfect aspect natan, is either in the past tense or something eternal. Here of course is also the meaning of the name Nathan – ‘he gives/he has … More Hebrew Names: Jonathan/ Nathanael/ Nathan
Joshua/Jesus (יהושע) – Yes, these names are one and the same! And we think the Spanish odd for naming their little ones Jesus… Or is it because of names such as Jesús-María and Mariá-José? Anyway… Jesus/Joshua means “the LORD is salvation”. Salvation is through Jesus! In this name, yehoshua, we actually see another version of the abbreviated form for yhwh. … More Hebrew Names: Joshua/Jesus
Grammar is boring for most people and it could be even for a Semitist, depending on how one approaches it. What if I say that Hebrew grammar can teach us something about God?! Check out Judges 1.1-2: After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first … More As Good As Done
Immanuel (עמנואל) – This is a Christmas special in our series on Hebrew names! In Isaiah 7:14 we read: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This final part of the name is ‘el’ which means ‘God’. The … More Hebrew Names: Immanuel
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Please share… It used to be summer when Christmas came round, Neath tall southern skies, over sun-scorched ground, With the backyard cricket, the barbies, the beach, And munching on mangoes to watch the Queen’s Speech. The slatherings of sunscreen, the glorious glare And toasting the glow in the warm…