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ATS Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
» Names of god
» Names of jesus
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
» Names in Philemon
» Uzziah's names
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
» Titles and Names of Christ
» Titles and Names of Ministers
» Titles and Names of Saints
» Titles and Names of the Church
» Titles and Names of the Devil
» Titles and Names of the Holy Spirit
» Titles and Names of the Wicked
• Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
» Christians, Names of
» God, Names of
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Names
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Divine Names
» God, Names of
» Names of God
» Names, Proper
» Proper Names
Greek - names
Greek - names
Hebrew - names, same names
Hebrew - names

Among the Hebrews were frequently significant; sometimes of a family trait, and sometimes of circumstances attending the birth of a child; often too they were assumed afterwards to commemorate some striking occurrence in one’s history. Compare the cases of Ishmael, Esau, and Jacob, Moses, Ichabod, etc., Genesis 16:16 25:25,26 Exodus 2:10 1 Samuel 4:21.

Compound names were frequent; and often a part of the name of God, JAH EL, JEHO, etc., was employed as in Eliezer, Exodus 18:4, Amuel, Josiah, Adonijah. Sometimes a whole phrase was formed into a name; as Elioneai, to Jehovah are mine eyes, 1 Chronicles 4:36. The New Testament names are chiefly ancient and family names perpetuated, Luke 1:61. The men of the East change their names for slight causes; and hence many persons occur in the Bible bearing tow or more names, Ruth 1:20 2 Samuel 23:8 John 1:42. Kings often changed the names of those to whom they gave offices, Daniel 1:6,7; hence the honor and privilege implied in a "new name," Revelation 2:17. Many slight inflections of the same Hebrew name give it a very different appearance to an English eye, as Geshem and Gashmu, Nehemiah 6:1,6.

A Hebrew name was sometimes transferred to the Greek, with but little change: Elijah became Elias, or Elie. But sometimes it was exchanged for the Greek word of the same meaning, though very different in form; Thomas became Didymus, and Tabitha, Dorcas. The "name" of God is put for God himself, or for his perfections. To "raise up the name of the dead," is explained in Ruth 4:1-22; while to "put out" one’s name, means to extinguish his family, Psalms 9:5.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'NAMES'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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