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Is there any linguistic precedent / justification for conflating elohim and bene'elohim?

The Hebrew terms elohim ("God") and bene'elohim ("Sons of God") both seem to have a wide range of uses in the Bible (for example, elohim can be an alternate name for Yahweh or ...
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JESUS and the Old Covenant [closed]

This is my first question. I’m not trying to rock the boat. I believe what the New Covenant says about God’s name. The New Covenant says there is ONE NAME. The New Covenant doesn’t say there are two, ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

Does the Biblical term, El Shadai, mean mountaintop god, or perhaps, The Many Breasted God? I have seen both answers presented as truth claims! Gen 17:1 (NLT) - When Abram was ninety-nine years old, ...
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Is παράκλητος (paraklētos, 3875) of John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 the proper (given) name of The Holy Spirit?

Is παράκλητος (paraklētos) of John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 the proper (given) name of The Holy Spirit? If not, what is ? And if so, are there others and what, if any, is the hermeneutic significance of ...
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What is the significance of the Greek rendering of Hannah's address to the LORD of Hosts?

When in despair for a son, Hannah prays to YHVH. She begins by addressing יהוה צבאות: 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow 11 and said, “O ...
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"Keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me"; What is this Name?

John 17:11-12: "I am no longer going to be in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, ...
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In Daniel 11:37, is it possible to translate god of his father with "god" lowercase in the singular form?

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (Daniel 11:37 - King James Version) ‎וְעַל־אֱלֹהֵ֤י אֲבֹתָיו֙ לֹ֣א ...
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Who is Jesus speaking of in Mark 12:26-27? Who is Jesus referencing as "He" in verse 27?

Who is Jesus speaking of as "He" in the below verse? What person spoke to Moses? Mark 12:26-27 (Jesus speaking to the Pharisees, quoting scripture) 26 But concerning the dead, that they ...
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Did Jesus say "Lord" or "Jehovah / Yahweh" when he spoke to Satan as to who is to be worship at Luke 4:8?

In Luke 4:8, many Bible translations use Lord as the word spoken to Satan as the one worthy of worship. Those words are a direct quote by Jesus from the Old Testament that clearly indicated 'Yahweh' ...
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What are the meaning or differences in this Rendition of El [closed]

In the Hebrew ĕ·lō·hîm - God ĕ·lō·hāy - gods ĕ·lō·he·ḵā - gods ĕ·lō·hê - gods Elohe Gen 31:32 BIB+ עִ֠ם ‘im with אֲשֶׁ֨ר ’ă·šer anyone here , תִּמְצָ֣א tim·ṣā If you find אֶת־ ’eṯ- - ...
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What is the Hebrew background of "the word" used in John 1? [duplicate]

John 1 Life application study Bible In Greek philosophy, the Word was the principle of reason that governed the world; in Hebrew thought, the Word was another expression for God. The Greek use of &...
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How and why does Jacob describe God as he does in Genesis 48:15-16?

In Genesis 48:15-16, when Jacob prepares to bless Joseph (by blessing Joseph's sons, even as his hands are on their heads), the dying patriarch begins by describing God in a fascinating and edifying ...
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Why is YHWH Elohim never punctuated to demonstrate apposition? [closed]

This may be a silly question, but the name "LORD God" has always confused me as the underlying Hebrew is "YHWH God," which just sounds awkward to me. Wouldn't a more helpful way to ...
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Isn’t Elohim in Bible plural in all cases

Elohim is recognized as being in plural form when talking about false gods… However when talking about the Hebrew God, I have read that Elohim is thought to be referring to God in singular form. Is ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

Note the text of 1 Cor 12:4-6 is written in parallelism: There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but ...
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Is this name unspeakable (to humans) or unknowable (by humans)?

Twice in the O.T. a mysterious question is put to humans when they enquire as to the name of what appears to them to be an angel or a divine one. The first is Jacob, who is renamed Israel after ...
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How should the Hebrew ‘ehyeh asher ehyeh’ in Exodus 3:14 be translated in English and what does it mean?

God instructed Moses to say “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14 New International Version). The phrase translated “I am who I am” in ...
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Is the Holy Spirit called YHWH and worshiped in Psalm 95 and Hebrews 3:7?

Hebrews 3:7-11 begins, "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says" (NKJV, emphasis mine) and then quotes from Psalm 95:7-11. However, the one speaking in Psalm 95:7-11 "is our God" (v. 7, ...
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How is "El-Shaddai" translated in the Septuagint?

The title "El-Shaddai" has been traditionally translated in English as "God Almighty", but this is increasingly disputed. However a way of understanding what the word meant ...
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Does the word "God" actually mean : Luck ? (Referencing the fortunate Ivri term גד from Genesis 30:11)

Instead of transliterating the Ivri term : אֱלֹהִ֑ים , English bibles prefer to use the term : גד "God" - in reference to the Creator "Elohim". In Genesis 30:11, the term גד "...
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If the covenant of Christ only permits men to call God "Father" (Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5) - How can Isaiah call YHVH "Father" under Mosaic Law? [closed]

If the covenant of Christ only permits men to call God "Father" (Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5) - How can the prophet Isaiah call YHVH "Father" under Mosaic Law? [Yeshayahu ...
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Based on Zephaniah 3:9 & John 14:14, what Name should All peoples be calling & serving : "Yehovah" or "Iésous"?

If Zephaniah 3:9 is about Converts calling God's Name in pure speech (with Honesty) & serving God in His Name - What is [the] שֵׁם Shem of God declared by His prophet צְפַנְיָה֙ Tsefaniah? [...
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Why is YHWH, the name of the God, replaced by a title, "the LORD", why is the article "the" used? The 1st of thousands of references, Gen 2:4

I've looked through much of the "similar questions" section, but my search goes deeper, I believe, it goes to the idea of one's name and what it represents. And then to see that most ...
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What is the name God gave Jesus? John 17:11

Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. BLB Is it actually, literally a name or just an authority to use to accomplish God's work? EDIT: ...
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How should Christians approach or view the ethnics and morality of the Old Testament? [closed]

The Old Testament is undoubtedly fundamentally different to the new especially when it comes to the nature of God, in the Old Testament God orders the murder of men, of women and of children but in ...
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Is the order of Identities in Isaiah 9:6 significant?

Isaiah 9:6: For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called (1)Wonderful Counselor, (2)Mighty God, (3)Eternal ...
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Are two words for “God” used in Gen1:26 & 27

As a bonus, point me to where I can easily look and answer such questions myself. I did look some for an answer. Ive heard Yahweh and Elohim are both used in OT. Is this the case in Gen 1:26 and 27, ...
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What is the rationale for adding 'like' or 'as' to 'God-god' in Exodus 7:1?

A typical translation of Exodus 7:1 is along the lines of "The LORD answered Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet." (Berean Study ...
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One Lord or two Lords? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 vs Psalms 110:1

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (ESV): 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Psalms 110:1 (...
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Matthew 27:46 Why does Jesus not address God as Father?

Matthew 27:46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"). Jesus always ...
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What's the name of the father that Jesus came in?

Matthew 21 (KJV) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ⁹ And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the ...
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What is the difference between "God" (capital G, singular) and "gods" (lower case, plural) in the context of John 10:33-36?

John 10:33-36 (YLT): 33 The Jews answered him, saying, `For a good work we do not stone thee, but for evil speaking, and because thou, being a man, dost make thyself God.' 34 Jesus answered them, `Is ...
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Why is God referred to as "Lord" and Jesus as His "holy servant" in Acts 4:23-31, in contrast to what Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 8:6?

Acts 4:23-31 (NASB): 23 When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported everything that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard this, ...
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Is the expression "I am the First and the Last" always about generations?

Motivated by an intriguing discussion I had in the comment section of an answer to a related question, I would like to know the meaning of the expression "I am the First and the Last" as ...
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Whose names are those listed in Isaiah 9:6?

The general translation of וַיִּקְרָ֨א שְׁמֹ֜ו פֶּ֠לֶא is his name will be called wonderful etc, but the form of the verb is simple pal not nifal... Who is the subject and who is the recipient of this ...
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What was the name given in Acts 4:12? Was it the Tetragrammaton or the name ''Jesus''?

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NASB) Was it referring to the name of ...
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Why is Jesus called the "Father of eternity" at Isaiah 9:6 in the YLT?

Isaiah 9:6 YLT: For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of ...
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Exodus 33:19, How the LORD will proclaim the name of the LORD?

Exodus 33:19, (DRB): He answered: I will shew thee all good, and I will proclaim in the name of the Lord before thee: and I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall ...
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Heb. 1:5: Was this "day" a day in eternity-past that the Father and Son relationship began?

Heb 1:5: KJV For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Was that "day" in ...
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Did the Word of God pre-exist as the Son of God before He was begotten of Mary? [closed]

In Daniel 3:25, KJV, after seeing the four men in the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar stopped short of saying that the fourth man was the Son, but rather was “like the Son of God.” He answered and ...
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Are the term 'God' and 'Lord' in 1 Corinthians 8:6 equally divine designations?

ΠΡΟΣ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΙΟΥΣ Α΄ 8:6 Greek NT: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 and UBS4 variants] ἀλλ' ἡμῖν εἷς θεὸς ὁ πατήρ, ἐξ οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς αὐτόν, καὶ εἷς κύριος Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς ...
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Why is the name for God אֱלּוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? [closed]

If Old Testament Judaism was a monotheistic religion, and Yahweh wanted to distinguish the Hebrews from their neighboring countries' polytheistic religions, why is His name אֱלוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? ...
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God's names and meanings

Proverbs 18:10 says "The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to him and are safe" What are other names of God and in what context are they used?
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'only true God' in John 17:3?

In John 17:3, Jesus addressed the Father as 'the only true God'' which semantically means that no one else is true God except the Father. However, Jesus is also addressed as ''God'' in the same gospel ...
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In Philippians 2:9-11 does YHVH surrender his name to the Messiah?

As far back as Exodus, God told the Jews not to give YHVH's angel/agent a hard time because "my name is in/upon him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;...
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Differences between Isaiah 45:24 (בַּיהוָ֛ה Yah·weh) vs Romans 14:11 (κύριος kurios)?

Isaiah 45:24 and Romans 14:11 appear to use the same following phrase: As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God. Since Isaiah 45:24 is in ...
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Are nomina sacra thought to have been used in the autographs?

Nomina sacra are abbreviations used for the sacred names of God, Jesus, the Spirit, etc. (though also common unsacred words such as ανθρωπος) in many Greek manuscripts. Do any approaches to textual ...
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In John 17:6 and John 17:27 what name of the Father did Jesus want to "make manifest" and "declare" to his disciples?

The question is based of Jesus’ prayer recorded at John Ch. 17 in which he made the following statements in verses 6 and 27: KJV John 17: 6 “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest ...
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Is " Ὁ ὢν" used as a title for Yahweh in LXX Jeremiah?

While looking into a question about the Greek phrase "ο ων" ("the one being") as a title for Yahweh in Koine Greek literature, I ran across this appellation in LXX Jeremiah. It occurs three times in ...
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Tetragrammaton originally יהיה (yihayah) (3PersMascSing 'exist, be') and subsequently the nominal form (יהוה) (the Being)?

The Question Essentially Is it possible that God's name is a nominal version of the third person masculine singular verb to exist or to be: יהיה. Can יהיה be validly understood as "he [that] ...
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