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Monotheistic faiths believe that there is a supreme being, who is necessarily unique, and the different names given to that being in different languages could in principle be translated as English God. However, the "real" name of God plays an important role in some cultures. Jump to: navigation, search Monotheism (in Greek monon = single and Theos = God) is the belief in a single, universal, all-encompassing deity. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a supernatural Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish (sometimes as G-d - cf. ...

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  • Abraxas is a god uniting the dualistic concepts in Gnosticism. See also Monad.
  • Ahuramazda "Lord Wisdom" is the name of the supreme benevolent God in Zoroastrianism.
  • Allah is the most frequently used name of God in Islam. It originally simply meant "the deity", and is properly translated as "God" in English. As such, contrary to much popular understanding of Allah as a distinct God, it is the word used by Arab Jews and Christians when speaking of God. See also 99 Names of God.
  • Anami Purush (nameless power) and Radha Soami (lord of the soul) are two names used for God in Surat Shabda Yoga.
  • Aten is the earliest name of a God associated with monotheistic thought. See also the Great Hymn to the Aten by Akhenaten.
  • Om, Om or Aum has been seen as the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman (the single Divine Ground of Hinduism) that resulted in the phenomenal universe.
  • Brahman - That which is both knowable and unknowable.
"signifying name given to the concept of the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality that is the Divine Ground of all beings."
"Brahman is the impersonal, changeless, formless God, that forever exists throughout existence (both material and spiritual and in between)."
"Brahman is the totality of the universe as it is present outside AND inside of you."
  • Cao Đài is the name of God in Caodaism.
  • Elohim (אלהים) is generally understood to denote the God of Israel
  • Jesus Christ is the name of God incarnate in Christianity. Jesus is a personal name, and Christ means "the anointed" (translating Messiah). Many Christians believe in a divine Trinity, i.e. a single God manifest in God the Father, Son of God and Holy Spirit. Many alternate names are used in poetry.
  • Haile Selassie is the name of God incarnate in the Rastafari movement. He is also called Jah (an obscure biblical shortening of Jehovah) and Jah Rastafari, which was the name of Ras (prince) Tafari Makonnen before taking the name of Selassie at his coronation.
  • Shang Ti 上帝 (Hanyu Pinyin: shang di) was a supreme God worshipped in ancient China. It is also used to refer to the Christian God in the Standard Mandarin Union Version of the Bible.
  • In the Hebrew Bible of Judaism, the name of God represents the Jewish conception of the divine nature. The various Jewish names of God represent God, and His divine attributes. The most important name of God is the tetragrammaton (YHWH), and Elohim. See Names of God in Judaism.
  • Trimurti is the Hindu "Trinity". See Vishnu/Krishna, Shiva, Brahma. See also Vishnu sahasranama.
  • In Sikhism God is One Entity and has no gender. God is referred to as Waheguru, meaning Wonderful Lord; Satnam meaning True Name; On-kar meaning Creator. God according to Guru Nanak is beyond full comprehension by humans and can be called by an infinite number of names.
  • In the effort to translate the Bible into every language (see SIL), the Christian God has usually been named after a concept that was present in the language before Christianity. God itself is an example of this, the word having earlier referred to Germanic pagan deities. Greek Theos was used for the supreme God even before Christianity, in the Septuagint, translated to Latin Deus by Saint Jerome. Other names of the Christian God that have a history of pagan meanings include Slavic Bog, Finnish Jumala, Japanese Kami 神.
  • The less evangelical branch of the Quakers often refers to God as The Light
  • YHWH, the Tetragrammaton, is the reference to the Hebrew name for The Almightly, which is spelled (in Hebrew); י (yod) ה (heh) ו (vav) ה (heh) or יהוה (YHWH); it is the distinctive, personal and only name of the Elohim of Israel. However, this does not speak directly to the Elohim of Israel only because the Israelites were only part of his creation. More acurately, He is the King of the Universe and everything in it as He did create the universe and everything in it (as the title suggests.) The name is sometimes pronounced "Yahweh" or "Jehova".

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term dualism can refer to a variety of doctrines, mainly in theology and philosophy, each involving the purported existence of two opposites of some kind. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gnosticism is a blanket term for various mystical initiatory religions and sects, which were most prominent in the first few centuries CE. It is also applied to modern revivals of these sects and, sometimes, by analogy to all religious movements based on secret knowledge gnosis, thus... The word monad comes from the Greek word μονάς (from the word μόνος, which means one, single, unique) and has had many meanings in different contexts in philosophy, mathematics, computing and music: Among the Pythagoreans (followers of Pythagoras) the monad was the first thing that came into existence. ... Ahura Mazda (Persian هرمز (Hormoz) also transcripted as Ormazad, Ormuzd, Hormuz, Ormus, Ohrmizd) - The Wise Lord - is the god of the Zoroastrian religion in Persia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Faravahar (or Ferohar), the depiction of the human soul before birth and after death. ... Jump to: navigation, search The word Allāh is the Arabic term for God. It is most commonly used in Islam and refers to The eternal monotheist deity. ... Jump to: navigation, search Islam â–¶(?) (Arabic: الإسلام al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions and the worlds second-largest religion. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 99 Names of God also known as The 99 attributes of Allah, according to Islamic tradition, are the names of God revealed to man in the Quran. ... Surat Shabd Yoga or Surat Shabda Yoga is a form of spiritual practice that is followed in the Sant Mat and many other related spiritual traditions. ... Aten is a sun god in ancient Egyptian mythology, and represented by the suns disk. ... The Great Hymn to the Aten was found in the tomb of Ay, in the rock tombs at Akhetaten. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bust of Pharaoh Akhenaten. ... Jump to: navigation, search Aum (also Om, ॐ) is the most sacred syllable in Hinduism, in which Vedic tradition it originated. ... Here the underlined vowels carry the Vedic Sanskrit udātta pitch accent. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ... Here the underlined vowels carry the Vedic Sanskrit udātta pitch accent. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tay Ninh Holy See Cao Dai (Cao Đài) is a relatively new, syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in Tay Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tay Ninh Holy See Cao Dai (Cao Đài) is a relatively new, syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in Tay Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. ... Jump to: navigation, search Elohim (אלהים) or Eloah is a Hebrew word related to deity, but whose exact significance is often disputed. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a supernatural Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish (sometimes as G-d - cf. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jesus (Aramaic: Yeshua; Greek: Ιησούς, IÄ“soûs), also known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity, most of whose adherents worship him as the messiah (Greek: Χριστός Khristós; Christ, the Anointed One) and as God (Alaha in Aramaic, the native... Jump to: navigation, search Christ is the English representation of the Greek word Χριστός (transliterated as Khristós), which means anointed and in Latin Iesus. ... Incarnation, which literally means enfleshment, refers to the DNA-encoding, conception, and live birth of a sentient creature (generally human) who is the material manifestation of an entity or force whose original nature is immaterial. ... Jump to: navigation, search Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers. ... Jump to: navigation, search In Judaism, the Messiah (מָשִׁיחַ anointed one, Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew ) initially meant any person who was anointed by God. ... Jump to: navigation, search The traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity teaches that God is a single being existing simultaneously as three distinct persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. ... In many religions, the supreme God is given the title and attributions of Father. ... Son of God is a biblical phrase from the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament. ... Jump to: navigation, search In various religions, most notably Christianity, the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost in Trinitarian Christianity, in Hebrew רוח הקודש Ruah haqodesh)) is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. ... In Old English poetry, many descriptive epithets for God were used to satisfy alliterative requirements. ... Jump to: navigation, search Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is a written art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... Haile Selassie Emperor Haile Selassie I (Power of Trinity) (born Lij Tafari Makonnen, July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975), styled His Imperial Majesty (or HIM), was the Emperor (1930–1936; 1941–1974) of Ethiopia, and is the religious symbol for God incarnate among the Rastafari movement. ... Jump to: navigation, search Haile Selassie I Rasta, or the Rastafari movement of Jah people, is a religious movement that reveres Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Lion of Judah. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jah (IPA: dÊ’É‘) is the name commonly used for God in the religious Rastafari movement. ... Jump to: navigation, search Shangdi or Shang Ti (Wade-Giles) (上帝, pinyin Shàngdì), literally translated, Lord Above or Sovreign Above, in Chinese culture, is the name used both in traditional Chinese religion as well as Christianity for a supreme deity. ... Pinyin (拼音, Pīnyīn) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to Hànyǔ Pīnyīn (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Standard Mandarin used in the... Jump to: navigation, search Standard Mandarin is the official Chinese spoken language used by the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic of China on Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Bible (sometimes The Book, Good Book, Word of God, or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βιβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, plural of βιβλιον, biblion, book, originally a diminutive of βιβλος, biblos, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos, meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this... 11th century manuscript of the Hebrew Bible with Targum Hebrew Bible refers to the common portions of the Jewish and Christian canons. ... Jump to: navigation, search Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Tetragrammaton in Phoenician (1100 BC to AD 300), Aramaic (10th century BC to 1 BC) and modern Hebrew scripts. ... Jump to: navigation, search Elohim (אלהים) or Eloah is a Hebrew word related to deity, but whose exact significance is often disputed. ... At the bottom of the hands, the two letters on each hand combine to form יהוה (YHVH), the name of God. ... Jump to: navigation, search In Hinduism, the Trimurti (also called the Hindu trinity) are three aspects of God in His forms as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search For other uses of the name Vishnu, see Vishnu (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Aghora redirects here. ... Jump to: navigation, search Brahma (written Brahmā in IAST transliteration) (Devnagari ब्रंम्हा) is the Hindu creator god, and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva. ... Vishnu The Vishnu sahasranāma (literally: thousand names of Vishnu) is a list of 1,000 names for Vishnu, one of the main forms of God in Hinduism and the only Ultimate Reality for Vaishnavites (followers of Vishnu). ... Jump to: navigation, search The Golden Temple is a sacred shrine for Sikhs Sikhism (Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖੀ) is a religion based on the teachings of ten Gurus who lived primarily in 16th and 17th century India. ... Waheguru (Punjabi: ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ) means The Wonderful Lord in the Punjabi language. ... Guru Nanak (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ, Devanagari: गुरु नानक) (20 October 1469 - 7 May 1539), the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs, was born in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib, near Lahore in present-day Pakistan. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Bible (sometimes The Book, Good Book, Word of God, or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βιβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, plural of βιβλιον, biblion, book, originally a diminutive of βιβλος, biblos, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos, meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this... SIL International is a worldwide non-profit, faith-based organization with the main purpose to study, develop and document lesser-known languages for the purpose of expanding linguistic knowledge, promoting world literacy and aiding minority language development. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a supernatural Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish (sometimes as G-d - cf. ... The Septuagint (LXX) is the name commonly given in the West to the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) produced in the third century BC. The Septuagint Bible includes additional books beyond those used in todays Jewish Tanakh. ... Jump to: navigation, search Latin is an Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Jump to: navigation, search Deus is the Latin word for God, deity. DyÄ“us is the reconstructed chief god of the Proto-Indo-European pantheon. ... Saint-Jérôme, Quebec is a town in Quebec, near Mirabel, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Montreal along Autoroute des Laurentides. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup of Indo-European languages, have speakers in most of Eastern Europe, in much of the Balkans, in parts of Central Europe, and in the northern part... Jumala, Jumal, Jumali or Ibmel is thought to have been a sky god of the ancient Finnic-speaking peoples. ... Jump to: navigation, search Kami (神) is the Japanese for god. The word is used to indicate any sort of god, beings of a higher place or belonging to a different sphere of existence. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, or Friends, is a religious community founded in England in the 17th century. ... 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Taboos

Several religions advance taboos related to names of their gods. In some cases, the name may never be spoken, or only spoken by inner-circle initiates, or only spoken at prescribed moments during certain rituals. In other cases, the name may be freely spoken, but when written, taboos apply. It is common to regard the written name of one's god as deserving of respect; it ought not, for instance, be stepped upon or dirtied. It may be permissible to burn the written name when there is no longer a use for it. A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. ... Coming from the Latin, initiation implies a beginning. ... A ritual is a formalised, predetermined set of symbolic actions generally performed in a particular environment at a regular, recurring interval. ... Respect is the objective, unbiased consideration and regard for the rights, values, beliefs and property of all people. ...


Most observant Jews forbid any method of discarding the written name of God. Once written, the name must be preserved indefinitely. This leads to several noteworthy practices:

  • Commonplace materials, such as calendars which include quotations from Torah, are written with an intentionally abbreviated form of the name. For instance, quotations written in English may substitute "G-d" for the name of God. Thus, a calendar or children's Hebrew school workbook may be discarded along with ordinary trash.
  • Copies of the Torah are, like most scriptures, heavily used during worship services, and eventually become worn out. Since they may not be disposed of in any way, including by burning, they are removed, traditionally to the synagogue attic. See genizah. There they remain until the building itself is destroyed by the hand of God or gentiles (non-Jews).
  • All religious texts that include the name of God are buried.

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See also

A goddess is a female deity, in contrast with a male deity known as a god. A great many cultures have goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both of the conventional genders and in some cases even hermaphroditic (or gender neutral) deities. ... Jump to: navigation, search This list of deities aims to give information about deities in the different religions, cultures and mythologies of the world. ... At the bottom of the hands, the two letters on each hand combine to form יהוה (YHVH), the name of God. ... The 99 Names of God, according to Islamic tradition, are the names of God that God, or Allah, has revealed to man. ... The Nine Billion Names of God is the name of a famous short story by Arthur C. Clarke, and of a collection of his short stories in which it was published in New York by Harcourt, Brace & World in 1967. ...

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JewishEncyclopedia.com - NAMES OF GOD. (3948 words)
Thus the Twelve-Lettered Name was substituted, which, a baraita says, was at first taught to every priest; but with the increase of the number of licentious priests the Name was revealed only to the pious ones, who "swallowed" its pronunciation while the other priests were chanting.
The sacredness of the divine names must be recognized by the professional scribe who writes the Scriptures, or the chapters for the phylacteries and the mezuzah.
Divine names that occur in the handwriting of minim should be excised and buried in the genizah (Shab.
Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Names God in Judaism (1325 words)
Names for God In the Old Testament various names for God are used.
Its name, taken from its first verse, means 'beginning.' Genesis provides the creation story for Judaism and Christianity and begins the history of the Israelite people.
In the Old Testament, the name Zion frequently refers to Jerusalem as a whole; it is overwhelmingly a poetic and prophetic designation.
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