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Names of God
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I. Judaism – II. Christianity – III. Islam

I. Judaism

The main biblical names of God are the tetragram YHWH and the expression אֶהְיֶה אֶשֶׁר אֲהְיֶה/ʾeh eyeh ʾašer ʾeh eyeh (lit. “I am who I am”) or also ʾeh eyeh alone (Exod 3:14); during the Second Temple period, the tetragram was allowed to be spoken only on the Day of Atonement (Feasts and festivals: II) by the high priest. Biblical attributes and epithets of God are understood as additional names of God. Rabbinic literature knows certai…

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Rebiger, Bill, Assel, Heinrich and van Ess, Josef, “Names of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024011>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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