Emmanuel or Immanuel

Is it Emmanuel or Immanuel?

What is the correct way to spell this name of Jesus (Yeshua‘)? It doesn’t really matter because Emmanuel is taken from the Greek form of the name; Immanuel comes from the Hebrew.

What is the meaning of Emmanuel (or Immanuel)?

The Hebrew word Immanuel is really a phrase that means “God with us.” God told King Ahaz, through Isaiah the prophet, that a mother would bear a son and that people would call Him Immanuel. That child would be a sign of God’s presence with His people. Since it is a transliteration of the Hebrew, the meaning of the Greek word Emmanuel is the same.

No New Testament author says that anyone ever called Jesus Immanuel. But in everything He did, Jesus was certainly God with us. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave a promise that He would remain with His followers in the Spirit as God with us forever (Matt. 28:20). One of the Old Testament names for God is Yahweh shammah or Jehovah shammah (The LORD is there). It also speaks of God’s presence with His people.

Picture of ImmanuEl (God with us) in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 7:14

ImmanuEl (God with us) in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 7:14

God with us in Hebrew:

Immanu’El

Strong’s Concordance number: 6005

Bible references: Isaiah 7:14; (with the same phrase translated “God with us” in Isaiah 8:8)

God with us in Greek:

A name of God pictured in the Greek text: Emmanuel (God with us) in Matthew 1:23.

Emmanuel (God with us) in the Greek text of Matthew 1:23.

Emmanouēl

Strong’s Concordance number: 1694

Bible Reference Matt. 1:23, which quotes Isaiah 7:14

An angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:20-23, which quotes Isaiah 7:14)

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