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THE NAME GAME


The definitions of the word name from, Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, with this author’s notes in red, purple and blue. We hope it leads to a more complete understanding and appreciation of this word and some of its subtleties.

NAME, n. 1. That by which a thing is called; the sound or combination of sounds used to express an idea, or any material substance, quality or act; an appellation attached to a thing by customary use, by which it may be vocally distinguished from other things. A name may be attached to an individual only, and is then proper or appropriate, as John, Thomas, London, Paris; or it may be attached to a species, genus, or class of things, as sheep, goat, horse, tree, animal, which are called common names, specific or generic.

APPRO'PRIATE, a. 1. Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; set apart for a particular use… - Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

This is the primary duty of a Proper or Appropriate Name; it sets one apart, it distinguishes one from other beings. That by which one is called:I call on Yahuwâh[1] the One to be praised; and I shall be saved from my enemies 2Shama’el (Samuel) 22:4

Christian: “Praise the LORD!”

Fellowcitizen: “Uh, excuse me, but is it Lord Braxton, Lord Pomelroy or Lord Yahuwâh you wish to praise? You see lord is a common or generic name; please be more specific…if you can.”

Proverbs 30:4Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

2. The letters or characters written or engraved, expressing the sounds by which a person or thing is known and distinguished.

Note well that the little images known as letters or characters that are written or graven are there to express the sounds by which someone is known and distinguished, thus when we bring Proper or Appropriate Names across to alphabets other than that of the language they originated in, they should be transliterated [sounded], as opposed to translated [defined].

3. A person. They list with women each degenerate name. Dryden.

These are also common names, but we find it quite interesting that old Noah associated person and degenerate.

4. Reputation; character; that which is commonly said of a person; as a good name; a bad name.

Note that in this the word name”, in and of itself, is what is being referred to, and is here, not a Proper Name. When it is being used in this sense the word name can actually be supplanted with the word reputation or character without losing meaning, i.e. [that is to say] “he is known as a man of good reputation (name); a bad character (name)”, and etc.

5. Renown; fame; honor; celebrity; eminence; praise; distinction. What men of name resort to him?

Again, we see that the word ”name” can be replaced with any or all of these words, renown; fame; honor; celebrity; eminence; praise; or disinction, i.e. what men of distinction (name) resort to him? What men of renown (name) resort to him? Etc., etc., etc.

6. Remembrance; memory. The Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. Deu xxix.

And God said to Moses again, You shall say this to the sons of Yisra’el, Yahuwâh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial (remembrance) from generation to generation.Exodus 3:15

When Yahuwâh’s adversary supplanted His Proper Name with common or generic names, their desire was to take it and thus Him from our remembrance; or memory. They wanted to blot His name out of the earth (from under [the] heaven/sky).

nomina si nescis perit cognitio rerum.If you know not the names of things, the knowledge of things themselves perishes. Co. Litt. 86. Maxims of Law from Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary

And we cannot say that we weren’t warned of this:

 II have heard what the prophets said, those who prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long is this there in the heart of the prophets, the prophets of lies; yea, the prophets of the deceit of their own heart? They plot to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell, each one to his neighbor, even as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal.

One more time, we remind everyone who reads this, that Ba’al means Lord. Here it is once more from Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary if you don’t believe us:

Baal Lord.

And from Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language:

 Baal
BA'AL
, n. The word signifies also lord, or commander; and the character of the idol was varied by different nations, at different times. Thus Baal Berith is supposed to signify the Lord of the Covenant; Baal Peor, or rather Baal Phegor, the Lord of the dead. Ps. cvi, Baal Zebub, the god of flies, &c. Note via Noah Webster’s examples here that lord and god can be used interchangeably; this is extremely important knowledge.

7. Appearance only; sound only; not reality; as a friend in name. Rev iii.

 This one is self-explanatory, we hope.

8. Authority; behalf; part; as in the name of the people. When a man speaks or acts in the name of another, he does it by their authority or in their behalf, as their representative.

And, yet again, when the word “name” is used to mean authority, the word “authority” can replace it without any loss of meaning, and generally speaking but not always, when the word “name” is used this way it will be preceded by the word “in”. Here are some specific examples from the Scripture.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name[authority], I will require it of him. Deuteronomy 18:19

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name [authority], which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name [authority] of other gods, even that prophet shall die. Deuteronomy 18:20

 I will also leave a poor and weak people in your midst, and they shall trust in the name  [authority] of Yahuwâh Zephan’yahu [Zephaniah] 3:12

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of YahuwâhPsalm 118:26 

 In these last two examples the Proper Name is used only so that we know in whose authority a thing is said or done. And again, note well that the word name could be replaced with authority with no loss of intent, i.e.…they shall trust in the authority of YahuwâhBlessed be he that cometh in the authority of Yahuwâh.

9. Assumed character of another. – Had forged a treason in my patrons name. Dryden.

This refers to authority again, but, this time, in the third person. Self-explanatory, we hope. A perfect example of this third-party use is found in the New Testament/Covenant.

Yahu’hanan [John] 5:43 I am come in my Father's name [authority], and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name [authority], him ye will receive.

10. In Scripture, the name of God signifies his titles, his attributes, his will or purpose, his honor and glory, his word, his grace, his wisdom, power and goodness, his worship or service, or God himself.

This is correct and is hopefully what we are demonstrating with this little treatise.

11. Issue; posterity that preserves the name. Deu xxv.

 7 My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Yisra’el, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.

 
”Preserving the name” refers to a “memorial”, thus when it is used in this manner we can supplant the word name with “memorial” without loss of intent, i.e. My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a memorial in Yisra’el..

12. In grammar, a noun.

The name of a thing; self-explanatory, we hope.

To call names, to apply opprobrious names; to call by reproachful appellations.

To call by reproachful appellations”, clarifies, “to apply opprobrious (hateful) names”; again, self-explanatory, we hope. To take the name of God in vain, to swear falsely or profanely, or to use the name of God with levity or contempt. Exo xx.

 Now this one gets really interesting! To take the Name in vain, can mean to bring his reputation; character; authority; renown; fame; honor; celebrity; eminence; praise; and/or distinction to naught i.e. to make it empty; hollow; meaningless; or disreputable. And this is precisely what was/is done when His Proper Name was/is removed from the Scripture! And is exactly why Noah Webster c. 1828 said this:

When Lord, in the Old Testament, is printed in capitals, it is the translation of JEHOVAH, and so might, with more propriety, be rendered.

Propriety
PROPRI'ETY
, n. [L. proprietas, from proprius.] 2. Fitness; suitableness; appropriateness; consonance with established principles, rules or customs; justness; accuracy. Propriety of conduct, in a moral sense, consists in its conformity to the moral law; propriety of behavior, consists in conformity to the established rules of decorum; propriety in language, is correctness in the use of words and phrases, according to established usage, which constitutes the rule of speaking and writing. 3. Proper state.

And, of course, accuracy is what we all want, right??

To know by name, to honor by a particular friendship or familiarity. Exo 33.

Exodus 33:17And Yahuwâh said to Moses, This thing which you have spoken I will do. For you have found favor in My eyes, and I know you by name


Christian name, the name a person receives by baptism, as distinguished from surname.


The name a child receives by baptism is his or her Proper and Appropriate Name, as distinguished from surnamea surname belongs to an entire family name, so though it too is a Proper Name, it is common to all in that family, and as such it is a common or specific name, which takes us all the way back to the end of definition number one (Thank you Noah Webster):“…or it may be attached to a species, genus, or class of things, as sheep, goat, horse, tree, animal, which are called common names, specific or generic.

We hope that this has served to clarify the word “name” and its many roles, and more specifically, the impact these definitions have on rightly dividing the set apart Word of Yahuwâh.

[1] The Proper and Appropriate Name of the Supreme Being, the Author of all that is, is not made up of four consonants; it is made up of four semi-vowels, yod hey waw hey, and comes from the ancient Hebrew word awa (hey waw hey), which is spelled by some, hawah. This three-letter word is pronounced, in English, ah-oo-ah’, with a short oo sound and the emphasis on the last syllable, and is supposed to mean, to breath; to be. The yod at the front of this Proper and Appropriate Name is the equivalent of our English Y, thus when these four semi-vowels are put together, yod, hey, waw, hey, we have the transliteration [sound] of the Creator’s Proper and Appropriate Name, yawa, pronounced y-ah-oo-ah’, hence our English transliteration of the name, Yahuwah. The English translation of this Proper and Appropriate Name is most likely, “I Breathe”, that is to say, “I Live”. Thus, simply by uttering this name aloud, one is claiming a jurisdiction, the jurisdiction of the living.

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