Author Topic: God of Christianity, Yahweh of Judaism, Allah of islam  (Read 8016 times)

Offline giselberga

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God of Christianity, Yahweh of Judaism, Allah of islam
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:53:49 PM »
I don’t understand it
Why did religious god differently say?

Judaism believes Yahweh
Christianity believe god
And islam believe Allah

Arabic word “Allah” means god
Through definition of the God in some religions is different(they say “god”)
why do they say “Allah”
Arab Christians say god “Allah”, too
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Re: God of Christianity, Yahweh of Judaism, Allah of islam
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 05:36:08 PM »
As I understand it, you're asking why different (monotheistic) religions have different names for their deity, at least when a religion has a name for their god. As far as I know, there is no official name for the Christian god, known in English as God, in Russian as Bogu, Dieu in French, Ipmil in Saami. Conventionally he or she might be called God, The Lord, Jehovah or maybe Yahweh. The appellations assigned to God in Hebrew includes Elohim, Adonai, Yahweh, and there are a lot of other names. The Zoroastrian god is called Ahura Mazda (plus some pronunciation variants). Typically, names of gods are seen as human inventions, rather than being officially handed down from the deity. There are 99 names for Allah in Islam. I am not actually aware of any deity with a single official top-down name. It may be that Aten is the official name of the deity in Atenism, but there haven't been any believers for a few millenia so it's hard to get good data on official names. The discussion gets really complex if you want to ask whether Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Indra are different names for god or different gods.

As for a generic noun, in English we have "deity" and "god", which refers to the general kind of being, not a specific god. You would expect every language to have it's own name qua common noun for a god, just as every language has a different word for "dog", although there are genetic similarities (for example, Germanic languages have very similar words for god, so do Romance languages)