No other city in history has had so many names, designations, and honorifics as the Holy City of Jerusalem.
This fact illustrates the special importance of Jerusalem in biblical history, but also among different cultures over the generations. In this new series I would like to introduce you to the Hebrew names for Jerusalem in the biblical text, such as Ohaliva (אָהֳלִיבָה) or Be’Ula (בעולה), Or-Olam (אור-העולם), Eden (עדן), Akera (עקרה) , Dlatot Ha’Amim (דלתות העמים) and many others.
All of these Hebrew titles for Jerusalem have layers of meanings in the context of the Bible, some of which get lost in translation. For example, Ezekiel 23 contains the term “Ohaliva,” which means “My tent is in her.” However, when “Oholiva” appears only as a transliteration, the fact that God planted His tent on earth is lost on the person reading the translation.
The many names of Jerusalem record a historical and spiritual mosaic of this city, and also elucidate why the biblical city of Jerusalem has remained so controversial...
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