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Lord: Compound Names
TitleLord: Compound Names
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Jesus Christ Focused Old Testament: Making Sense of a Monumental Book
Pagination54-56
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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Theophoric names are compound names that include a name of God together with one of His attributes, characteristics, or qualities. Old Testament theophoric names may include the name Lord, God, Adoni, or other names of Deity. This chart presents only those Hebrew names that include Lord (Hebrew YHWH, or Jehovah; remember that Jehovah is none other than Jesus Christ), which is represented in the names by the suffixes -iah,

-jah, -ai, or -jahu or the prefixes Ho-, Jo-, Jeh-, or Jeho-. For instance, the names Isaiah, Jeremiah, Uriah, Zedekiah, and Zephaniah each feature the suffix -iah, which is translated into English as “Lord.” Similarly, the names Jehoahaz, Jehoiachin, Jehoiada, Jehoiakim, and Jehoram each include the prefix Jeho-, which is also translated as “Lord.”

Theophoric names containing Lord are common in the Old Testament, and the chart contains only a representative sample. The first column in the chart lists the English form of the name as the translators of the Bible have transliterated it. The second column provides the meaning or the translation of the name.

The various theophoric names set forth the Lord’s attributes and character: He is a father, brother, protector, king, fortress, light, and refuge; He is mighty, majestic, great, exalted, righteous, strong, and good. He hears, saves, builds, sees, answers, sustains, succors, helps, knows, strengthens, loves, creates, establishes, shows favor, judges, remembers, protects, ransoms, heals, and consoles. Theophoric names teach us of these and many more characteristics that belong to God.

Name

Meaning*

Abijah

The Lord is my father

Adaiah

The Lord has adorned Himself

Adonijah

The Lord is my lord

Ahijah

The Lord is my brother

Amasiah

The Lord has borne

Amaziah

The Lord is strong

Anaiah

The Lord has answered

Asaiah

The Lord has made

Athaliah

The Lord is exalted

Azaniah

The Lord has heard

Azariah

The Lord has helped

Barachiah

The Lord blesses

Benaiah

The Lord has built

Beraiah

The Lord has created

Berechiah

Blessed by the Lord

Besodeiah

In the secret council of the Lord

Chenaniah

The Lord is steadfast

Dodavahu

Beloved of the Lord

Eliehoenai

Toward the Lord are my eyes

Elijah

The Lord is my God

Gedaliah

The Lord has magnified

Gemariah

The Lord has completed

Habaiah

The Lord hides Himself

Hacaliah

Hope is the Lord

Haggiah

The Lord is my festival

Hananiah

The Lord has shown favor

Hasadiah

The Lord is faithful

Hashabiah

The Lord has taken into account

Hazaiah

The Lord has seen

Hilkiah

My share is the Lord

Hodaviah

Celebrate the Lord

Hoshaiah

The Lord has saved

Ibnijah

The Lord builds

Igdaliah

The Lord is great

Irijah

The Lord sees

Isaiah

The Lord is salvation

Ismachiah

The Lord sustains

Jaazaniah

The Lord hears

Jecoliah

The Lord can

Jehoiakim

The Lord raises up

Jehoram

The Lord is high

Jekamiah

May the Lord establish

Jeremiah

The Lord raises up

Jochebed

The Lord is glory

Joel

The Lord is God

Johanan

The Lord has shown favor

Joiarib

The Lord renders justice

Joshua

The Lord saves

Jozabad

The Lord has bestowed

Jozadak

The Lord is just

Kushaiah

Gift of the Lord

Maaziah

The Lord is a fortress

Malchijah

My king is the Lord

Meraiah

Loved by the Lord

Nehemiah

The Lord consoles

Pedaiah

The Lord ransoms

Rephaiah

The Lord has healed

Semachiah

The Lord has sustained

Shemariah

The Lord has preserved

Shephatiah

The Lord has judged

Tobijah

The Lord is good

Uriah

My light is the Lord

Uzziah

The Lord is my strength

Zebadiah

Gift of the Lord

Zechariah

The Lord remembers

Zedekiah

The Lord is righteous

Zephaniah

The Lord protects

Zerahiah

The Lord has shone

 

Chart by Donald W. Parry. Lord: Compound Names.

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