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A study into Ancient Meanings of 31 Names of God, and their application, by studying the meaning of the Hebrew Letters used in their spelling.
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A Study on the Names of God
Introduction 31 Names of God using Hebrew Letter Meanings
*This study and application of 31 of the Names of God, was conducted by one who is not Jewish. I do invite those who are Messianic Jews who are fluent in Hebrew to share their insight. Though I believe I have captured the basic ancient meaning of the Names of God, there are nuances that exist in Hebrew that I am not familiar with that could expand the meanings. I would appreciate constructive help with those nuances.
*Also, please keep in mind and understand that Gentile Christians may approach the Names of God in a way which is different than the Jewish people. This you might call a cultural difference. The Jewish people, out of respect for God may use a different way to refer to God. This is one area that I also welcome help in explaining. It is important that we recognize both ways of sharing a Name of God and be respectful of both. The key is 'Reverence' when we talk of a Name of God.
*I will add one more note for all. Please keep in mind that in this study we are using the ancient meanings of the Hebrew letters. The meanings used are those found through painstaking detailed research over the past 4 1/2 years.
***Since making the above study, I would like to make my own personal critical notes about my work on the Names of God. I hope these notes will help in understanding about issues that some have with letters of Hebrew having meaning or representing something. There are some schools of thought that a letter is just a letter. There is no meaning to the letter, just a sound. There are some who attribute meanings of Hebrew letters to Jewish Kabbalistic thinking.
Jewish Kabbalistic thinking, I found, definitely tries to apply a ‘spiritual meaning’ to a letter or a number. That meaning is not always supported by scripture. There are those who look at any attempt to attribute meaning to letters is Kabbalism and therefore reject it.
With the above note, I would like to present and share the following. There have been scholars who have either been archeologists or have made it their life study to study the ancient Semitic alphabet. One recent publication, “The World’s Oldest Alphabet” by Dr. Douglass Petrovich, records the studies on the Proto-Consonantal Script of Hebrew. In it He identifies the what the letter seems to represent.
Other archeological scholars have also drawn some conclusions on that the letter represents, and possible meaning. Because of this evidence, I do not connect letter meaning as Jewish Kabbalism. In my study, I did look at what the letter represents and examined possible inferred meanings. Those inferred meanings are just the opinion of the Author. In doing so, scripture was searched to ensure that that inferred meaning was valid. That does not take the place of scripture, or add to it. It may help our understanding of what is meant in a word or a Name.
That was my intent.
I do believe the study which I did does hold true to scripture, but to avoid confusion and because of the controversy over letter meaning, which apparently does cause confusion with some, I will be restudying the Names of God, and providing a different approach to their meanings. This study will look at scripture first. I may be also in this rewrite looking at how the many of the names relate to Christ our Shepherd. This will be taken completely from scripture, and may take the meanings of the letters where appropriate to help shed some light on the meaning. In this study, scripture will be first.
There is a need to have a devotional out that will help people understand who God is. So often we hear a name, but do not realize that the name represents something, which can help us appreciate its use. It can also help us praise our God.
I would also like to add, that in our research, and also in our prayers, we need to be willing to be humble to adjust our approach to reach as many as possible (1 Corinthians 9:22). God lets us sometimes do significant exploring of an approach, then has us refocus that approach. God honors the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6).
As I present my studies using scripture, I would like to hear your thoughts too. They help me in writing, and ultimately may make a final product that will encourage many.
I will be adding this second study as it progresses.
Table of Contents
Day 1 EL SHADDAI, God, The Nurturing God
The Appendix and References and references are listed below. Appendix A is a word study of Grace and Mercy. Appendix B gives Methodology, Appendix Ccovers a look at the letter 'yud' or 'yod' and what it means in the Names of God. Appendix D gives a list of Hebrew Alphabet letter and gives a brief, short, definition of the letter, that if frequently used, Appendix E is a dictionary that gives a detailed definition of Hebrew letters. Also references used in the research of the meanings of Hebrew letters is listed:
Copyright 2015 Lewis T. Turner