Redeemer

Names of God including the word “redeemer”

Three names include the word “redeemer.” For more information, click on the name.

Our Redeemer from of old

Redeemer (see below)

Redeemer of Israel

 

Redeemer

“Redeemer” translates a Hebrew word that is used in three ways. It is a word that is also translated “kinsman” (a near relative). A kinsman was responsible to “redeem” family property or a kin from slavery.1 It was also the kinsman’s duty to be the “avenger of blood” when a kin was murdered.2 The Greek word lytroō was used to translate the verb “to redeem.” Lytroō is a term rooted in slavery. It was the price required to buy freedom for a slave.3

My Redeemer (Go’eli) pictured in the Hebrew text of Job 19:25

My Redeemer (Go’eli) in the Hebrew text of Job 19:25

Redeemer in Hebrew:

Go’el

Strong’s Concordance number: 1350

Bible references: Job 19:25; Pss. 19:14; 78:35; Prov. 23:11 (Defender in NIV, Advocate in Msg); Isa. 41:14; 43:14; 44:6, 24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:26; 54:5, 8; 59:20; 60:16; Jer. 50:34.

The words of Job have been immortalized in Handel’s Messiah:

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. (Job 19:25 KJV)

Similar names for God are: Our Redeemer from of old, Redeemer of Israel, and Deliverer. Six times the name “Redeemer” is linked to the Holy One of Israel (Isa. 41:14; 43:14; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7; 54:5).

 

  1. Lev. 25, 27 and the book of Ruth. []
  2. Num. 35:1-34; Deut. 19:6, 12; Josh. 20:3-9. []
  3. It is used in Mark 10:45; 1 Pet. 1:18-19 where Jesus is our ransom. []
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