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A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g3686 Greek: onoma


is used

(I) in general of the "name" by which a person or thing is called, e.g., Mar 3:16, 17, "(He) surnamed," lit., "(He added) the name;" Mar 14:32, lit., "(of which) the name (was);" Luk 1:63; Jhn 18:10; sometimes translated "named," e.g., Luk 1:5, "named (Zacharias)," lit., "by name;" in the same verse, "named (Elizabeth)," lit., "the name of her," an elliptical phrase, with "was" understood; Act 8:9, RV, "by name," Act 10:1; the "name" is put for the reality in Rev 3:1; in Phl 2:9, the "Name" represents "the title and dignity" of the Lord, as in Eph 1:21; Hbr 1:4;

(II) for all that a "name" implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc., of everything that the "name" covers:

(a) of the "Name" of God as expressing His attributes, etc., e.g., Mat 6:9; Luk 1:49; Jhn 12:28; 17:6, 26; Rom 15:9; 1Ti 6:1; Hbr 13:15; Rev 13:6;

(b) of the "Name" of Christ, e.g., Mat 10:22; 19:29; Jhn 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; Act 26:9; Rom 1:5; Jam 2:7; 1Jo 3:23; 3Jo 1:7; Rev 2:13; 3:8; also the phrases rendered "in the name;" these may be analyzed as follows:

(1) representing the authority of Christ, e.g., Mat 18:5 (with epi, "on the ground of My authority"); so Mat 24:5 (falsely) and parallel passages; as substantiated by the Father, Jhn 14:26; 16:23 (last clause), RV;

(2) in the power of (with en, "in"), e.g., Mar 16:17; Luk 10:17; Act 3:6; 4:10; 16:18; Jam 5:14;

(3) in acknowledgement or confession of, e.g., Act 4:12; 8:16; 9:27, 28;

(4) in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on), Mat 18:20; cp. 28:19; Act 8:16; 9:2 (eis, "into"); Jhn 14:13; 15:16; Eph 5:20; Col 3:17;

(5) owing to the fact that one is called by Christ's "Name" or is identified with Him, e.g. 1Pe 4:14 (with en, "in"); with heneken, "for the sake of," e.g., Mat 19:29; with dia, "on account of," Mat 10:22; 24:9; Mar 13:13; Luk 21:17; Jhn 15:21; 1Jo 2:12; Rev 2:3 (for 1Pe 4:16, see Note below);

(III) as standing, by metonymy, for "persons," Act 1:15; Rev 3:4; 11:13 (RV, "persons").

Note: In Mar 9:41, the use of the phrase en with the dative case of onoma (as in the best mss.) suggests the idea of "by reason of" or "on the ground of" (i.e., "because ye are My disciples"); 1Pe 4:16, RV, "in this Name" (AV, "on this behalf"), may be taken in the same way.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g3687 Greek: onomazo



(a) "to name," "mention," or "address by name," Act 19:13, RV, "to name" (AV, "to call"); in the Passive Voice, Rom 15:20; Eph 1:21; 5:3; to make mention of the "Name" of the Lord in praise and worship, 2Ti 2:19;

(b) "to name, call, give a name to," Luk 6:13,14; Passive Voice, 1Cr 5:11, RV, "is named" (AV, "is called"); Eph 3:15 (some mss. have the verb in this sense in Mar 3:14; 1Cr 5:1).
See CALL, Note (1).

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g2028 Greek: eponomazo


"to call by a name, surname" (epi, "on," and No. 1), is used in Rom 2:17, Passive Voice, RV, "bearest the name of" (AV, "art called").
See CALL, Note (1).

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g4316 Greek: prosagoreuo


primarily denotes "to address, greet, salute;" hence, "to call by name," Hbr 5:10, RV, "named (of God a High Priest)" (AV, "called"), expressing the formal ascription of the title to Him whose it is; "called" does not adequately express the significance. Some suggest the meaning "addressed," but this is doubtful. The reference is to Psa 110:4, a prophecy confirmed at the Ascension. In the Sept., Deu 23:6.

B-4 Verb Strong's Number: g2564 Greek: kaleo


"to call," is translated "named" in Act 7:58, RV (AV, "whose name was").
See CALL, No. 1 (b).


(1) In Luk 19:2, AV, kaleo, "to call" (with the dative case of onoma, "by name"), is translated "named" (RV, "called by name"); in Luk 2:21, AV, the verb alone is rendered "named" (RV, "called").

(2) In Mat 9:9; Mar 15:7, AV, the verb lego, "to speak, to call by name," is rendered "named" (RV, "called").
See CALL, No. 9.


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