What Are Some Biblical Names of God?

The biblical names of God include Elohim, Adonai, Jehovah Jireh and Jehovah Rohi. Each name has a particular meaning derived from the Bible, either in attribution to God by his followers, or used by God in reference to himself.

The name Elohim refers to the Trinity, implying God in three persons and their association with creation. In the book of Genesis, God says “Let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness,” with the plural form of the sentence denoting three persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – involved in creation.

In Hebrew, "Adonai" implies master or lord. It defines the lordship that God has over his followers. When contextualized in the Old Testament, Adonai means that God was an overseer of his people. Only those who obey God can claim that he is Lord over their lives.

The Hebrew Bible was translated to Greek, and then from Greek it was translated back to Hebrew. Scholarly opinions suggest that "Yehovah," or "Yahweh," was mistranslated to "Jehovah" around A.D. 800. In all, there are more than 900 names and titles for God throughout the Bible.

Jehovah Jireh means the Lord is a provider. In Genesis, God provides the sacrificial lamb that stops Abraham from killing his only son. Abraham names the place, Jehovah Jireh, in reference to God’s provision.

The name Jehovah Rohi depicts God as a shepherd. Through salvation, which involves believing in Jesus and becoming his follower, people become God’s followers. The book of John states that Jesus knows his sheep by name, who in turn know his voice. As such, Jesus is a shepherd of his flock.