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Question and Answer

What is the significance of the "el" in biblical names?


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 is God – Dan. 1:8); Eliezer (My God is help – Ex. 18:4); Elizabeth (the oath of God – Luke 1:5); Elijah (My God is the Lord – 1 Kings 17:1); Elimelech (My God is king – Ruth 1:2); and Immanuel (God with us – Matt. 1:23). Much truth is packed into these names!


BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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