As theophoric name (of Greek θεός theós " God " and φέρειν pherein "bear") are terms referred that contain a name of God. This mainly includes personal names and place names. We encounter such names in many cultures. Several names from the Bible in use today are theophore.
Personal names (selection)
- Abdullah "servant of Allah "
- Abdul Rahman "Servant of the Merciful", or another combination of Abd "Servant (of Allah)" and one of the 99 names of Allah
- Šamši-Adad "My sun is Adad "
- Tukulti-Ninurta "My protection is Ninurta "
- Apollodorus "gift from Apollon "
- Athenodorus "Gift of Athena "
Christian personal names
Christian personal names can be divided into two groups. The first includes names that are formed in a non-Hebrew language and contain the word for God , in German e.g. B. Gottfried , Gottlieb or Gotthilf , or the names Timotheos , Theodor or Dorothea borrowed from the Greek . The second group includes Biblical names that contain the Hebrew word for God (El) or YHWH, e.g. B. Michael , Raphael , Johannes or Elias .
Place names (selection)
There are 86 theophore names of places and waters in Denmark alone.
- Aquae Granni "Water of Grannus "; ancient name of Aachen.
- Gudhjem "Götterhein"; similarly also Gudme ; Places in Denmark, and Gudhem in Sweden.
- Hermopolis " Hermes City" in Egypt
- Odense "Odins Ve"; City on Funen. "Ve" or "Vi" means a sanctuary ( Viborg ), linguistically related to German: consecration place
- Oslo “ Asen Grove”; Capital of Norway.
- Tarḫuntašša "(city) of Tarḫunt -"; temporarily capital of the Hittite Empire
A theophoric procession is a procession in which the deity, an image of a god or a divine symbol is carried along and shown, in Catholicism for example the most holy place in the Corpus Christi procession .