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Opinions of Sunday, 27 August 2017

Columnist: Akpene Sabah

The name of God, His titles and their meanings

Dearly beloved, greetings in the name of the Most High God. May His everlasting loving arms envelope you this weekend and beyond in all that you do. Amen.

Every day as Christians we seek to have fellowship with our source of life, the Lord God Almighty and address Him by several names or titles. It is always exciting when we do this and the joy that reigns in our heart as we recognise and acknowledge who He is second to none. So this weekend, let us remind ourselves of the many names or titles of God and their meanings, so that we can confidently proclaim these anytime we come before Him.

What is the name of God?

The name of God, as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures, is YHWH (the closest English equivalents to the Hebrew letters). Ancient Hebrew did not have vowels, so the exact pronunciation of YHWH is uncertain. The vast majority of Hebrew and Christian scholars believe the name to be Yahweh, pronounced /?yä-w?/, with Yehowah, pronounced /yi-?h?-v?/, being the second most popular possibility.

There are movements that strongly emphasize using God’s name (and, of course, only the name of God that they believe to be correct). H