Hebrew Names: Joel

Joel (יואל) – This neat name is a short statement on the identity of God with constituents that we have previously seen: ‘jo’ (yhwh=the LORD) and ‘el’ (elohim=God). We have also looked at the verbless nominal clause in Hebrew with subject and predicate which renders this name “the LORD is God”. Whereas ‘el/elohim’ is the … More Hebrew Names: Joel

The Unquenchable Flame

I just finished reading Mike Reeves’ book The Unquenchable Flame, an introduction to the Reformation. This book (192 pages) is a must-read for anyone wanting to begin engaging with the events and theological issues of the Reformation, or indeed for anyone wanting a good, enjoyable read. Reeves is not only a passionate and engaging scholar … More The Unquenchable Flame

Hebrew Names: Michael

Michael (מיכאל)- “mi” means “who” in Hebrew, the “cha” element is really a “ka” which translates as “like/as” and “el” of course is a short hand for “Elohim” which means “God”. What we have then is “who like God”. In English translation the copula verb “is” must be supplied, whereas in Semitic languages in the present tense predication … More Hebrew Names: Michael

Hebrew Names

Hebrew names are fascinating in the way they express attributes of God. Although not all Hebrew names contain reference to God, many do. There are two things worth noting concerning this category of names. The Hebrew for ‘God’ and ‘the LORD’, are the components used in proper names. The Hebrew for ‘God’ is ‘Elohim’, however … More Hebrew Names

The Trinitarian Bible

John Stott writes in Authentic Christianity: “The Christian understanding of the Bible is essentially a trinitarian understanding. The Bible comes from God, centres on Christ and is inspired by the Holy Spirit. So the best definition of the Bible is also trinitarian: ‘the Bible is the witness of the Father to the Son through the … More The Trinitarian Bible