What's in a Name?

"What’s in a name?

Hebrew names have rich meaning in the Bible.
But so often in a “transliteration” of one text to another, such as Hebrew to Greek, names can lose their original significance. Names in the Bible contain stories rich in meaning.

When Sarah named her son, Isaac—in Hebrew meaning “laughter”—it heightens our understanding of how laughable it was to her to be having a son at age 90!

Jacob—so named because he clutched the heel or his twin brother in utero. But as his story changed so did his name—to Israel, “one who struggled with God.”

Aviya Kushner, author of “The Grammar of God," says: “Biblical names carry deep meanings from these past worlds—testaments to the ways our religious forebears defined themselves, and perhaps us!”

Engage with the Bible—in all its deep meanings!"


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