- Wed, May 19, 2010
- About Randy Alcorn
I’m often asked why I use the term “Elyon” in reference to God in my novel Deadline (and again in Dominion). Though I am comfortable making up names for men and angels for the purposes of fiction, I would not presume to make up a name for God. That’s why I chose a name that, while unfamiliar to many people, is specifically revealed in Scripture.
The Hebrew “Elyon” occurs thirty-one times in the Old Testament. The equivalent Aramaic word (“Hilay”) occurs ten times, all in the book of Daniel.
Elyon is always translated “Most High.” When preceded by “El,” the Hebrew word for God, it is translated “God Most High.” In the New Testament the Greek equivalent to ...