Peoplein the Bible who changed their names...and why

God changed a few people’s names - Sarai to Sarah, or Abram to Abraham.

But how many people changed their own names?

Naomi changed her name to Mara because of the sorrow of losing both her children.

Anyone else?

Saul - Paul?

Letters in English and most languages are just…letters. Hebrew is different. Each of the 22 letters in Hebrew represents a different form of God’s life-giving energy, a life force.

A person’s Hebrew name is his/her life force and has a great impact on them. However, when like Abraham and Sarah, names were changed, it indicated a new life force, a new life mission. Another (or an added) power was now in play.

I hadn’t known this. Thanks, Meri!