What is in a Name?

What is in a Name? The God of Israel could be referred to by a number of names, titles, and epithets in the text of the Hebrew Bible. These are significant as indicators of developments in the course of Israel’s religious history and as expressions of concepts of the divine held by the ancient Israelites. In particular, God’s name, which in some traditions is specifically revealed, can become a separate aspect of →God, in such a way as to represent God as a virtual hypostasis. It is not as developed a hypostasis in the OT as is God’s word or God’s wisdom (→Wisdom) or even God’s spirit (RINGGREN 1947), but it is more significant than the role of God’s arm (e.g. Isa 51:9).

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