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Understanding the names of God will inform you of His character and how His name is expressed in the Old and New Testaments. This will help you in your reading/study of the Bible, interpreting scripture, and understanding the power in the Name of God.
In this lesson and the next, we will focus on the most Holy name of God – YHWH (or YHVH). Actually pronouncing YHWH has been forbidden since 3rd century BC, and Hebrew scholars have since substituted Adonai for YHWH. In modern Jewish culture, it is accepted as forbidden to pronounce the name the way that it is spelled. Most modern Jews never pronounce YHWH but instead read Adonai (“My Lord”) during prayer and while reading the Torah and as HaShem (“The Name”) at other times.
In this lesson, we will focus on the most Holy name of God, YHWH, as part of a compound name. This lesson is not exhaustive, nor is it intended to be a complete treatise on the subject. The intent here is to open our eyes to the names that God uses to refer to Himself so that we may better understand Him.
In this and the next lesson we will look at Elohim (אֱלֹהִים) the name of God used in the Old Testament that is translated as “God” in your English Bible.
In this lesson we will look at the compound names of Elohim. In the Hebrew Bible, the compound name begins with El (אל) but rarely do we find El alone. It is usually a compound expression or name such as El Shaddai. As with all these lessons, we do not want to get caught in the trap of mere academia (knowledge for the sake of knowledge); rather, we want to infuse this understanding into our soul so that we will fall into an even deeper love of God.