Does God have a name? If so, what is it?

by Matt Slick

Yes, God has a name. When Moses was going up to the mount to see the burning bush he encountered God. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says happened.

Exodus 3:13-14, "Then Moses said to God, 'Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

As you can see, God declares his own name to be “I AM.”

However, some people say the name of God is Jehovah or Yahweh. The reason this is said is because in Hebrew (the book of Exodus was written in Hebrew) the word for “I AM” is אֶהְיֶה which is YHWH. This is why a lot of English translations will say that the name of God is Jehovah or Yahweh. It is an English-styled version of those four letters.

Nevertheless, God’s name is “I AM.”

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.