Isaiah 52:6 "I Am" or "I am He"

Jim West jwest at
Thu Aug 30 12:13:19 EDT 2001

At 09:57 AM 8/30/01 -0700, you wrote:
>I have a question for those better acquainted with the development of the
Hebrew language.  In Isaiah 52:6 God says,
>"Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will
know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, I am He."
>I am He translates )NY H).  As I remember Modern Hebrew often translates
this as I Am.  This is also the phrase found in my Hebrew New Testament
where Jesus says before Abraham was, I am. Here is my question.  Does the
author of Isaiah 52 use )NY H) synonymously with YHWH?




Jim West, ThD

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