What does "name" mean in "And His name will be called", Isaiah 9:6?

What does "name" mean in "And His name will be called", Isaiah 9:6?

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Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." NKJV. My emphasis.

A. Does the Hebrew word for "name" here have the same meaning as in the Greek e.g.

Matthew 1:21

"and you shall call His name JESUS"? [name/onoma].

B. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible footnotes has:

"Wonderful, Counselor. "The remanining 3 titles consist of two words each, so the intention was probably that each pair of words indicate one title."

Are these pairs of words names or titles? [Or "descriptions"?]

C. Why is "name" singular?

There are several questions here. To make a central focus I am particularly asking:
Why is "name" singular? But other insights into the meaning of "name" are welcome?

There are several qustions on this site concerning aspects of this verse but I have not seen one that focuses on "name".


  • Reply October 19, 2023


    Hasn’t Jesus been called all those names?

  • Reply October 19, 2023


    some interpret it as “position” or basically “claim to fame”*“‘to mark or brand,”’ hence an external mark to distinguish one thing or person from another. — Motyer, J. A., The Revelation of the Divine Name ., Bietenhard, Hans, *‘Onoma,’’ in TDNT states Contrary to the emphasis of von Rad (Studies in Deuteronomy, pp. 37-44), ‘*‘name-theology”’ does not replace the older ‘‘glory-of-the-Lord theology’’ associated with the ark, cloud, and fire. Von Rad suggests an evolutionary development, whereby material presence was replaced by a more sophisticated tendency toward hypostasis for all these concepts: the ark, the angel of the Lord, the face of the Lord, the glory of God and the Name of the Lord are presented as representations and pledges of Yahweh’s presence. Rather it is our Lord’s preparation for the full disclosure of the Trinity as well as the Incarnation of his Son to come.— I like the marking thus preparing Jesus for revealing the Father as the Gospel of John speaks of. Thus I gleam some from both Motyer and Bietenhard. So much more here, but I don’t have the time now.

  • Reply October 19, 2023


    In Scripture a name is not merely a personal identifier. It relates to one’s character and authority as well.

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