As the story concerning each character unfolds, we learn how closely connected is the name to the narrative, provided that we focus on the Hebrew name. English, Spanish, Greek and Latin, along with all other world languages fall short in demonstrating how: 1. The Biblical name foreshadows the life events of each personality, 2. The Hebrew name both mirrors and substantiates the truthfulness of biblical events and prophecies.
Although reading the Bible in English is also perceived by believers as reading truth, the immediate sense of substantiation, as reflected in the mere Hebrew name, is missing from the non-Hebrew reading experience. This is just one reason why it is so important to obtain some knowledge of Hebrew for every Bible follower.
Today’s name is an important biblical name for Christian believers because it was identified as a name of divinity. Some recognize Aviad as one of the names of Jesus, although both verses where the name appears (once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament) specify the Father God in reference to Aviad.
Avi•ad in the Old Testament: (the words in red are written as ‘Aviad’ in Hebrew)
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called ‘Wonderful counsellor of the mighty God, of the everlasting Father, of the Prince of peace'”
Avi•ad in the New Testament: (the words in red are written as ‘Aviad’ in Hebrew)
“For though there are things that are called ‘gods,’ whether in the heavens or on earth; as there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’; yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we live through him”
The name Aviad was very uncommon through many generations, but received a surprising revival in the last 40 years in Israel and especially in the last 15 years.