The origin of the Aramaic word Elah is somewhat uncertain, though it might be related to a root meaning “fear” or “reverence.” It is found only in the books of Ezra and Daniel. Notice the Mappiq in the final Hey for this Name: e-laH.
Elah and Constructs
For each name in the list below, I provide the following information:
- The Hebrew text for the name
- The most common English transliteration (in italics)
- A definition for the name, references to the Tanakh, and frequency information
- Additional comments, if applicable.
Elah. [basic form]
Aramaic. Name for God as Awesome One.
Reference: Deut. 32:15; 2 Chr. 32:15; Neh. 9:17; Ezr. 5:1, 11; 6:14; 7:12, 19, 21, 23; Dan. 2:18, 23, 28, 37, 44f, 47; 3:15, 28f; 6:8, 13.
God of my fathers
Elah Avahati. [basic form]
God of my fathers (Dan. 2:23).
God of gods
God of gods (Dan. 2:47).
God of Jerusalem
God of Jerusalem (Ezra 7:19).
God of Israel
God of Israel (Ez. 5:1).
God of Heaven
God of Heaven (Ezra 7:23).