One has claimed that Jesus is “the ‘I am'”, and there is only one who is “the ‘I am'”
There is indeed only one who has as His name EHJEH which, as a word, is a form of the same verb as represented in the name which is often presented in English form as Jehovah or Yahweh. That One is identified in the Bible as the only true Supreme Being, the God and Father of Jesus. — Isaiah 61:1; John 17:1,3; Ephesians 1:3.
Jesus never claimed that his name is EHJEH.
As a verb, not as a name, however, EHJEH is indeed used by others in the Bible in reference to themselves. No one seems to think that their usage of the word EHJEH in such cases means that they are EHJEH, or that they were declaring their name to be EHJEH. In Ruth 2:13, for instance, the word EHJEH is used by Ruth, and rendered in the KJV as “I be”: “I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.” No one thinks that Ruth was claiming to be EHJEH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because of such usage. In 1 Samuel 18:18, David uses the word EHJEH of himself, and it is rendered in the KJV as “I should be”. No one thinks that David was claiming to be EHJEH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for such usage. I could go through many similar scriptures.
Strong includes the form EHJEH under the general number he gives to HAYAH, so his work does not differentiate the different forms used. However, someone has made a list of the occurences of the form EHJEH and how it is rendered in the New International Version.
The Greek Septuagint rendered the name EHJEH ASHER EHJEH in Exodus 3:14 as (transliterated) EGO EIMI HO ON, which is translated into English as “I am the Being”. The second usage of EHJEH as a name in Exodus 3:14 is rendered, not as EGO EIMI, but as HO ON (The Being). I am not saying that this accurate, but it is important to note, since many claim that Jesus quoted from the Septuagint in John 8:58 and many other verses. However, if Jesus had been quoting from the Septuagint, and if he had been by his usage of the phrase EGO EIMI claming to be EHJEH of Exodus 3:14, then he would have used HO OHN instead of EGO EIMI, since, in the Septuagint, the short form is not EGO EIMI, but HO OHN.
Additionally, like the verb EHJEH, usage of the verb EGO EIMI does not mean that the user is claiming that his name is EHJEH of Exodus 3:14,15. The phrase EGO EIMI was used by the centurion as recorded in Matthew 8:8,9. The disciples are recorded as using the phrase (in the negative) of themselves in Matthew 26:22. Judas is recorded as using the phrase of himself (in the negative) in Matthew 26:25. Zechariah is recorded as using the phrase of himself in Luke 1:18. Gabriel, the angel of Jehovah, is recorded as using the phrase of himself in Luke 1:19. Again, I could go on and on through the New Testament with many more scriptures that depict usage of the phrase ego eimi of many different people. The phrase is simply a verb form, and is used by many people, including Jesus. However, it is only in the case of Jesus that anyone seeks to make it appear that Jesus was claiming that his name is EHJEH of Exodus 3:14, although he never once said anything to the effect that he was saying that his name is EGO EIMI.
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