The Many Names Of God
By James Donahue
The writers of the ancient
Hebrew text that became the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, worshipped multiple gods and had a variety of names for them. This was
common among early civilizations.
What is unique about
the Tanakh is that as the writings were absorbed into the canon that eventually became the Old Testament of the Christian
Bible, the various Hebrew names of god were altered so they implied reference to a single, all-powerful creator god. Yet various
Hebrew names can still be found in the King James Bible if you hunt for them.
There is an argument
that the original names may have been a reference to different gods, not all of them pointing to a singular or monotheistic
belief system. At the time the text was written, the Hebrews were polytheistic. And contrary to popular Christian belief,
a man named Moses did not write the five books of the Taroh. There is serious doubt if Moses even existed.
Hebrew scholars tell
us that each name was a different way of referring to god, but they all mean the same thing. For example, they claim Elohim,
the so-called creator of the world and living creatures on it simply means “The Creator.” Yet old Hebrew text
belies this claim. That word, Elohim, is a reference to many gods, not just one god.
The old text primarily
uses the word El to mean God. Elohim is explained as a plural form of the word Eloah, or a peculiar derivative of El. A thorough
study of that single name suggests that it implies to God Almighty, or a subject of dread.
Other Hebrew names for
God: El Elyon, or “The God Most High;” El Roi, “God Who Sees;” El Shaddai, “The All-Sufficient
One;” Adonai, “Lord, Master;” Yahweh, “Lord;” and El Olam, “The Everlasting God.”
There are numerous other derivatives of the root words El and Jehovah.
It is interesting to
note that a Jewish Rabbi named Yehuda Berg recently published a book in which he declares there exist 72 names of God. The
number 72 is an interesting figure in esoteric circles. There were said to have been 72 Goetia Spirits dealt
with by King Solomon, who the legend says, used them to gain his fortune. It has been said that each spirit can be identified
by a particular tone, or sound.
Berg maintains that he
has knowledge of 72 three-letter combinations of ancient sacred letters that become “energy fields,” or visual
mantras that can be activated spiritually rather than vocally.
He says that all one
need do is look at the letters and receive enormous spiritual power.
That the ancient civilizations
worshipped a variety of “gods” supports the theory of human origins from alien intervention. Some say
an alien race lived among us, manipulated the DNA of Earth primates, and may have gone so far as to teach us basic skills
of social living. This may have been how the common myth of gods from the stars was born.
This same myth is found
in the Greek and Egyptian stories as well as ancient Mesopotamian manuscripts. In the Americas, the stories of the Taiowa
that came among the Hopi in the Southwest, and the many gods of the Aztecs, including Quetzcoatl, also point to possible ancient
visitors from space.