The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 17, Video #1
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Starting chapter seventeen! God appears to Abram, introduces himself as *El Shaddai" (God Almighty), and tells Abram to walk before him and be blameless so that he can give his covenant to Abram. It will be between the two of them, and God said he would greatly multiply Abram.
When a word is repeated in Hebrew, it means "exaggeratedly so" or "to the extreme and unchangeable", and here we see Be-mey-od me-od right after "'multiply you" in the text.
Then he said that Abram would be the father of a multitude of nations and that he will not be called Abram any longer. Now your name is Abraham because I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. Again, more repetition. Again, when the Creator says it, it is so.
The meaning of both Abram and Abraham is the same, "Father" and "Made High" or father lifted up and the reason for the name change is likely because of a change in the one who has authority over the man.
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