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June 1, 2012

What is the significance of the "el" in biblical names? Question and Answer The Hebrew word for God is el." When you encounter names in your Bible reading that have "el" in them, the name in question points to God’s character, person, and work in some way. Note the following examples: Michael (Who is like God – Dan. 12.1); Daniel (My Judge...

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May 1, 2005

What are the names of the twelve tribes of Israel? I cannot quite follow it in Genesis. Is Joseph, the eleventh son, a tribe, or were his sons Ephraim and Manasseh tribal leaders—numbers 11 and 12, respectively? Question and Answer Jacob had only twelve sons, and the twelve tribes were named after them. But a count of the names in all the...

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November 1, 2015

What does the name Jesus Christ mean? Question and Answer The name Jesus means salvation. In Hebrew, Yeshua, and in Greek, Iesous, could also be translated Joshua. Christ is a title, not the last name of Jesus. It is Greek word for the Hebrew title, Messiah. His name Jesus indicates that He is our Savior, and the title Christ means that...

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Why Was Jacob’s Name Changed?

February 1, 2020

Why did the Lord change Jacob's name to Israel?

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Question and Answer

February 1, 2006

I have been speaking with some local youth pastors about DJ dances in our city. Very often, at the local schools the dances have some less-than-virtuous music played. The dress attire for the students leaves something to be desired. My idea is to have Christian sponsored dances at the churches. The dances would be chaperoned by parents who...

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January 1, 2011

Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel? Question and Answer In Bible times, babies were given names thought to be appropriate. Nobody invented names by connecting unrelated sounds. Jacob was given his name because of circumstances of his birth (Gen. 25:24–26). It was not a flattering name; it meant “supplanter” or “deceiver.” Subsequent...

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Question and Answer

March 1, 2006

The heading of Psalm 34 says that the psalm was written “when [David] pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away.” But in 1 Samuel 21:13, Achish is said to be the Philistine king who drove David away. Is this confusion of names a typist’s error? Question and Answer Probably not. Abraham and Isaac had dealings with a king...

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April 1, 2014

What does the divine name “I AM” in Exodus 3:14 mean? Question and Answer If the Bible is a story, then the major character is obviously God. An important question you can ask of God is what Moses asked, “What is his name?” (Ex. 3:13). A name is a window to the soul of the person. In Exodus 3 we get an answer to this question, but there...

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May 1, 2013

Why are there several people with the name Herod in the New Testament? Question and Answer Good question. The name Herod does not refer to a specific individual ruler but rather to a dynasty. Herod the Great was the founder of the dynasty. He is called “the great” for several reasons. He was a great builder, and funded the reconstruction...

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Question 5

July 1, 2018

Would you provide an example of misusing or taking God’s name in vain? Question 5 The use of God’s name in profanity is a sad case in point. Sometimes people call down God’s damnation on other people. This is a serious offense to God for a number of reasons. When these profane words are uttered, they are trivializing or ignoring God’s holiness...

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