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Q: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: maptheway-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 11 Jul 2002 11:14 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2002 11:14 PDT
Question ID: 38567
I'm looking for an alphabetized-structured/catagorized listing of ALL
the 'names' of God indicated within the Bible (both old, and new

Many times in the Scriptures the Lord discloses a new aspect of His
character to someone by revealing a new name for Himself. The list
should include His names such as "I AM," "Eternal One," "Almighty,"
"God the Provider," "Maker of the Heavens and earth.

An example of the answer structure I would like this delivered is as
"The Lord Will Provide" Genesis 22:14
"God 'my hiding place'" Psalm 32:7
"The Good Shepherd" John 10:11
"Abba" (Hebrew for Daddy) Romans 8:15 & Galatians 4:6

In advance, I sincerely appreciate the detail and look forward to the
answer as well as the comments that will certainly follow. Thank you.
Subject: Re: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
Answered By: fugitive-ga on 11 Jul 2002 12:00 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear maptheway-ga,

A problem one faces with this question is that there are numerous
translations, versions, and revisions of the Bible. It's not a trivial
task to come up with a universal list in the format you're seeking.
However, I think I can show you how we can get close.

Searching with the following term (include the
quotation marks):

	"names of god"

Turned up a number of useful resources, including the following
document which may, in the end, be what you are seeking:

	The Names of God by Lambert Dolphin

An example of one of the entries in Dolphin's document for the Old
Testament is:

JEHOVAH-JIREH: "The Lord will Provide." Gen. 22:14. From "jireh" ("to
see" or "to provide," or to "foresee" as a prophet.) God always
provides, adequate when the times come.

An example of one of the entries in Dolphin's document for the New
Testament is:

SOTER: "Savior" Luke 1:4 7

Dolphin takes into account linguistic differences between Hebrew,
Greek, and English. He also points out such terms occur thousands of
times, such as:

"JEHOVAH: LORD in our English Bibles (all capitals). Yahweh is the
covenant name of God. Occurs 6823 times in the OT First use Gen. 2:4
(Jehovah Elohim). "

Given that the word "Lord" as a name of God occurs 6,823 times in the
Old Testament makes what you're seeking even more difficult. Dolphin's
listing appears to be the best, most concise one that I have found to

Another approach is to find an online Bible Concordance that allows
searching for the names of God. For example, doing another search on with the following terms (again, include the quotation

	"names of god" concordance

Turns up a number of useful tools for generating the type of list
you're seeking. For example, go to the following online resource:

	Online Bible Study Aids

and scroll down to the two Concordances listed. If you select

	Nave's Topical BIble

and search using the phrase

	names of god

you will be given a link which you can click on which will search for
"God, Names of" returning a huge listing including examples such as:

To be reverenced
(Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11; 28:58; Psalms 111:9; Micah 4:5; 1
Timothy 6:1)

Clicking upon each entry will turn up the appropriate passage with the
full wording, such as:
Exodus 20, verse 7 
7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the
LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

A final approach, and the closest mechanism I've been able to come up
with to get you what you want in the format you request is to search
online versions of the bible using the known synonyms for God that you
uncover in these various resources (or that you already know). The way
to find such resources (and doing the searches listed above will lead
you to many) is to once again search using this phrase:

	"online bibles"

One that I turned up and used was the following searchable online

	Bible Gateway

This is useful because it allows you to search in various versions of
the Bible. I selected KJV (King James Version) and entered the word
"Jehovah" and turned up seven entries that looked like this:

Exodus 6:3
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name
of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
(Whole Chapter: Exodus 6 In context: Exodus 6:2-4)

If you have a finite set of searchable terms, you can repeat the
search for each term, saving the results. You're still faced with the
"versions" problem, but this approach at this specific site does give
you the ability to use different printings of the Bible.

A problem you'll continue to face is getting things in the exact
format you require. With a small amount of programming expertise, and
a little time and effort, one could write a computer program to
reformat results for you.

Good luck in your research, and don't hesitate to ask for a
clarification if this answer doesn't suit you.


Request for Answer Clarification by maptheway-ga on 11 Jul 2002 13:29 PDT
This actually includes some great commentary on how to find the
answer, but simply doesn't list the answer. It is an incomplete
solution that provides where the possible solution might be found

I don't have time to research this question (even though I know the
net). Hence my request here for a "list of the names of God", which
also provided the format example in the question; To clarify, I did
not ask: "where are all the names of God available on the net?"

Can you provide "the list" as per my google answers example in the
original question (translations NIV, King James, NKJ, etc.) don't
really matter?

Clarification of Answer by fugitive-ga on 11 Jul 2002 14:10 PDT
Fair enough.

Could you tell me from which version and language of the Bible you
require this information? In order to attempt to retrieve it, it will
have to be a version that is no longer under copyright (some of the
newer versions are, indeed, under copyright). I recommend the King
James Version and will probably begin working on this based on that

Second, do you wish to leave the interpretation as to "names of god"
up to me to determine? I'm pretty sure I can come up with a defensible
list, but there's always room for interpretation. If not, do you have
a working list of synonyms, or can you refer me to a standard list of
your preference? At the very least, I can use your suggested terms in
addition to others.

Third, do you require the exact format of your results as stated? Your
format appears to be:

"short quote containing term" Book Chapter:Verse

Where I'm confused with your format is with "Abba" where it appears
that you are citing the occurence of that term in two locations. If
you want a list with short phrases, then the "Abba" example causes a
problem and would require more guidance. A list of just the terms,
accumulating all occurences as to where they occur is naught but a
concordance which is something I can generate.

Note that according to Dolphin there are 6,823 occurences of "Lord"
(Dolphin cites as the English language translation of Jehovah) in the
Old testament. Are you seeking this large a listing (doable) or do you
have some kind of summary in mind? Note that "Lord" is likely the most
common term, but others are likely to be just as numerous. Options
would be forego the "short phrase" option and just list occurrences of
the term (i.e., a Concordance).

As I intend to pursue this stubbornly, and as a labor of love (you'll
be getting much more than your $4.00 worth if I succeed) I do need
more direction. Especially the terminology vis a vis "alphabetized,
structured, categorized." Do you have a specific categorization scheme
in mind?

Should anyone else come up with what you are seeking independent of my
original research, feel free to ask for a full refund of your
investment in this question.


Request for Answer Clarification by maptheway-ga on 11 Jul 2002 16:10 PDT
1) New King James is Ideal; King James is ok:

2) Each iteration of "Lord" (as related to the translation from
seperate Hebrew or Greek terms) should be listed only once. No need to
go nuts here...

3) Language: There are only two translations (old testement in Hebrew
and New Testement in Greek) in "Abba" means "Daddy" in Hebrew; of
course if the word is from the old testement I'll know it came from
the Hebrew language, and if the word is translated from the "New" I
know it came from the Greek.

4) As to the format; exactness is not necessary; just keep it as close
as possible to the example: "Name of God; short quote from verse; book
chapter/verse; other necessary info you feel important or necessary is

Seems this is now turning into some research, and also realize it
could be a true labor of love; unless someone else has simply compiled
this info as simplistically as I've requested elsewhere and we just
need to find it. Thank you again!
maptheway-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thank you. I do sincerly appreciate your effort in uncovering some
great web sites; this was worth the money I bid. Based upon your last
input comments, it sounds like you are planning on returning to this
question to actually list the names per the question. In any event,
thank you. This is 4 stars for effort and a couple great sites
indicated. 5 stars would have been given with your follow up...but
haven't heard back for some time; I did want to make sure you were
paid from me. Feel free to add the names later, if not, I'm still

Subject: Re: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
From: plotinus-ga on 12 Jul 2002 04:18 PDT
Just two comments:

The AV (King James Bible) is not a good translation. You should use
the RSV, or better the NRSV or perhaps the NEB. Under no circumstances
use the NIV.

"Abba" does not mean "daddy", that's a common myth. In fact it is a
vernacular - not a child's - word for "father".
Subject: Abba: Hebrew translated to English "Daddy"
From: maptheway-ga on 12 Jul 2002 09:04 PDT
Actually, I'm not so sure that Hebrew culture would concur with your
statement re Abba not equating to "Daddy;" "Abba" certainly translates
to the english use of the term "DADDY," and yes, the translation
"Father" is correct. However, the USE of this word "Abba" can be an
'intimate address' that is suggestive of the loving and trusting
relationship between parent and child. Whereas the English use of the
term "father" is usually understood as a formal or proper address.
Hence, the translation is correct, but you miss the cultural
differences between the English term for 'father' (usually a formal
address), and the translation of "Abba" from the Hebrew culture;
(which can certainly be informal.) So, an accurate translation of
"Abba" for the English/Western culture actually communicates "Daddy."

"The difficult thing about Hebrew from our perspective is simply that
it is a Semitic or Eastern language, quite different from any of the
Indo-European languages familiar to us. Most of us here in the West
have at least dabbled around with Spanish, Latin, or French in our
school days, but unless we've taken an Arabic language course we've
never encountered anything quite like Hebrew. Certainly the script is
peculiar. It reads from right to left, and there are a host of other
rather obvious disparities. However, the real difference is less
obvious, and it is this difference that is the real crux of the
matter: Hebrew is a vehicle for expressing a uniquely Eastern
viewpoint. The problem then, is not merely one of understanding
another language, but of understanding another way of looking at life
and things. It is this point that most English readers do not fully
appreciate. There are many specialized language tools which can be
used to define terms and better understand nuances of meaning, but
these in themselves are inadequate, simply because they can't
reproduce this cultural dimension. In fact, I don't know that it can
be adequately reproduced. The only way to fully understand a people is
to get fully involved in their language, literature, and customs.
Unfortunately, that just isn't possible for most folks."
Subject: Re: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
From: rumraisin-ga on 02 Aug 2002 05:39 PDT
Here's a great list I got from a book, "Cover to Cover":

Elohim - used 2570 times, refers to God's power and might (Gen 1:1, Psa 19:1)

El - four compounds of this name:
     Elyon, the strongest strong One (Gen 14:17-20, Isa 14:13, 14)
     Roi, the strong One who sees (Gen 16:13)
     Shaddai, the breasted One (used 48 times in the OT; Gen 17:1, Psa 91:1)
     Olam, the everlasting God (Isa 40:28)

Adonai - Master, Lord. God owns all his creation (Mal 1:6)

Jehovah - the most common name. Occurs 6823 times. The Self-existent One, the 
          God of the covenant (Gen 2:4) Nine compound names of this name:
          Jireh - the Lord will provide (Gen 22:13, 14)
          Nissi - the Lord, my banner (Ex 17:15)
          Shalom - the Lord is Peace (Judg 6:24)
          Sabbaoth - the Lord of Hosts (1 Sam 1:3, Isa 6:1-3)
          Maccaddeshoem - the Lord thy Sanctifier (Ex 31:13)
          Rohi (Raah) - The Lord my Shepherd (Psa 23:1)
          Tsidkenu - the Lord our Righteousness (Jer 23:6)
          Shammah - the Lord who is present (Ezek 48:35) 
          Rapha - The Lord our Healer (Ex 15:26)
Subject: Re: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
From: maptheway-ga on 02 Aug 2002 07:43 PDT
Thank you for the additional comments this proves very helpful. Also,
thank you for adding to the wonderful community aspect of Google's
newest project; "Answers."
Subject: Re: Listing the names of God as revealed within the Bible
From: maptheway-ga on 01 Nov 2003 12:42 PST

No one would have to tell Jesus that in Hebrew the four letters which
stand for the Name of God are YHWH. (Yod He Waw He) Or, in English
with north European roots (where Y is converted to J and W is
converted to V) JHVH (Jehovah).65 There is no uniform agreement as to
the original pronunciation66 of this and the various opinions run to
dozens or more: Yehwah, Yehowah (Jehovah), Yahweh, etc., etc. Almost
everyone admits the true pronunciation is lost.65 JEHOVAH. Jehovah is
found in the KJV four times at Exodus 6:3, Psalm 83:18, Isaiah 12:2
and 26:4 and in some place names. The KJV changed YHWH in nearly 6,000
places to LORD or GOD in capitol letters. Since the KJV has dominated
the Protestant Christian world, this lack of Jehovah explains the
general unfamiliarity with it. Most Christians cannot answer the
question Moses asked: “What is His Name?” (Exodus 3:13) The Catholic
Douay version contains “Jehovah” once in a footnote on Exodus 6:3. The
ASV and Rotherham were among 20th Century versions which restored
YHWH. Since WW II several versions have used Jehovah or Yahweh
throughout. (ASV, NJB, NWT, NKJV) If the original way to pronounce
God’s Name was Yahweh or Yehowah a question arises if this Hebrew way
of saying the Name ought to be carried over into other languages? Or,
should it be transliterated. For example, in Spanish the Hebrew
Yehowah is translated Jehova but in some regions in Spain this would
be more like ehoba. Does this not deviate from the more accurate sound
of Yehowah and would it be necessary to learn to say in that way,
rather than deviate? Additionally, the Spanish Jehova does not
preserve the four letters YHWH. Multiplying this by 2,000 lanugages
and one would begin to see the great difficulty. Was it for this
reason the exact pronunciation became less and less important?
66 PRONUNCIATION. Proper nouns or names in the Hebrew containing the
Divine Name, such as Yehoshua (Joshua, Jesus), have the first two
consonants with the vowels Yeho leaving open the possibility of
Yehowah (Jehovah). TWOT, Vol 1, page 484: “If the word were spelled
with four letters (YHWH) in Moses’ day, we would expect it to have had
more than two syllables.” Thus Ye-ho-wah would be closer than Yah-weh.

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