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!