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Almighty

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Title of God, translating Hebrew El Shaddai . The early Greek translation introduced Almighty as one of several translations. Recent study has tended to see “The Mountain One” as the most likely original meaning. The name was particularly related to Abraham and the patriarchs (Genesis 17:1 ; Genesis 28:3 ; Genesis 35:11 ; Genesis 49:25 ). God gave Moses the name Yahweh, which to an extent replaced El Shaddai (Exodus 6:3 ). Job is the only book to use El Shaddai extensively, 31 times in all. Paul used Almighty once at the end of a series of Old Testament quotations to imitate Old Testament style and to underline divine power to bring His word to fulfillment. Revelation refers to God nine times as “Almighty,” again giving a feeling of power to the vision of Revelation.


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Almighty'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/a/almighty.html. 1991.

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