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  • Greek contains a number of theophorous ([Greek: theophoros], god-bearing) names formed from those of Egyptian or Phrygian gods, like Serapion, Metrodoros, Metrophilos -- Isidore is in use at the present day -- but all known derivations of Mithra are of barbarian formation.

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

  • Moreover, it matters not, in theophorous names, whether the Divine element stands in the first or in the last place (theophorous names have among western Semitic peoples only two component parts, contrary to the Assyrian and Babylonian use): for Nathan-El is equivalent to

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The name Nathan augmented by the theophorous prefix or suffix is borne by other members of the family of David.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Not to mention what has been hinted at concerning the influence of Channanite idolatry, and passing over the preference given to the Divine name 'El in earlier times, a fairly complete knowledge of the attributes of God may be gathered from divine and theophorous names.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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  • Having the name of a god; derived from a god's name. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008