23 - 29 AD Jesus hails Andrew, Simon, Philip, And Nathaniel - Bethabara 23 - 29 AD Nathanael Declares "Thou art the Son of God" 23 - 29 AD Miracle of turning the water into wine Cana. Jerusalem
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Jesus saw Nathaniel (or Nathanael) and knew he had a righteous soul. His name means Gift of God in Hebrew.

Hebrew Names

Jesus saw Nathaniel (or Nathanael) and knew he had a righteous soul. His name means Gift of God in Hebrew. Here are some things to look for in Hebrew names.

The syllable -el means God.

When you see a name that ends in -iah or -ias, you are reading the Anglicized version of the Hebrew -yahu (YWVH), which is the name of God. Christians sometimes pronounce this as Jehovah. So the name Isaiah, for example, means Man of God. The Is- is “ish” which in Hebrew means “man.”

There is no “J” sound in Hebrew, so when you see a J in a biblical name, it should be pronounced as a “Y.” Jesus’ Hebrew name is Y’shuah or Yeshuah (Joshua in English).

Sometimes in the Bible, you will see double consonants and sometimes single consonants.
A double B is pronounced as a hard B
A single B is pronounced as V
A double P is pronounced as a hard P
A single P is pronounced as an F

Here are some familiar biblical names and their pronunciation:

Matthew — Mattityahu
Jeremiah — Yirmiyahu
Zedekiah — Zadikiyahu
Jacob — Ya’akov
Isaac — Yitzhak (guttural h)
Abraham — Avraham
Moses — Moshe
Aaron — Aharon
Simon — Shim’on
Peter — Peter is a Greek name from Petros; when you see the name Cephas in the New Testament that is referring to Peter. It comes from Kefa, an Aramaic name meaning “stone.”
James — Ya’akov
John — Yohanan (guttural h)
Thomas — Ta’om
Judas, Judah — Yehudah

Mary — Miryam
Elizabeth — Elisheva
Rebecca — Rivka
Rachel — Rahel (guttural h)
Naomi — Nahama
Ruth — Rut (oo sound)
Bathsheba — Batsheva
Judith — Yehudit
Deborah — Devorah

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