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Why Isra-El and not Isra-Yahu?

If Yahweh is the personal name of God, and more important than any of the other names of God (mentioned in the Bible), then why is Isra-El (and subsequently the name given to the nation of Israel), not utilizing Yahweh in its name ?

Shouldn’t the proud nation of Israel, the nation of God’s chosen people been given the superior name of Isra-Yahu and not using the so-called lesser name of God, El in its name ?  A name of God, that I may add is similar to ALLAH, according to Enclyopedia Britanica 

Etymologically, the name Allah is probably a contraction of the Arabic al-Ilāh, “the God.” The name’s origin can be traced back to the earliest Semitic writings in which the word for “god” was il or El, the latter being used in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Keeping that aside, let us examine what modern scholarship has to say on the issue of Isra-el vs Isra-yahu:


Did Abraham know the Name Yahweh before Moses? (Old Testament Contradiction)

Exodus 6:2-3

2 God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.(Yahweh ) 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD (Yahweh) I did not make myself known to them.


Gen 12:8

And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD (Yahweh).

Was God known by the name Yahweh prior to Moses (Exodus 6:3), or was he not (Genesis 4:26, 5:29, 9:24, 22:14, 27:20, 27:27, 28:20-21)?-Contradiction in the OT

Exodus 6:3 King James Version (KJV)

3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.



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