Hebrew Names: Jonathan/ Nathanael/ Nathan

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Jonathan (יונתן) –gold-gift-box-660x576 This lovely Hebrew name means ‘the LORD gives’ or ‘the LORD has given’.

The root *ntn in Hebrew denotes giving and the verb in the perfect aspect natan, is either in the past tense or something eternal.

Here of course is also the meaning of the name Nathan – ‘he gives/he has given’. This root also is at the center of the name Nathanael. Nathanael is in meaning almost identical to Jonathan as it means ‘God gives/God has given’. The yo in Jonathan referencing the LORD (yhwh) and the el in Nathanael referencing God (elohim).

The grammar of Jonathan also allows for the translation ‘the LORD he has given’, the object being the LORD. This is possible since finite verbs in Hebrew inherently has a subject with person and number. So, in the name Jonathan, yo can taken to be either an explicit…

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