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The parish of

Kings Norton

Part of the Church of England


Why "Immanuel"?

Immanuel or Emmanuel (Hebrew עִמָּנוּאֵל) "God is with us" consists of two Hebrew words: אֵל (’El, meaning 'God') and עִמָּנוּ (ʻImmānū, meaning 'with us'). It is a name used in Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 8:8 in the Old Testament and it appears once in the New Testament Christmas story, when St Matthew's Gospel quotes Isaiah 7:14. Matthew clearly believed Jesus Christ to be the ultimate fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy that, in Jesus, God would be "with us".

Part of the Christmas Story

"All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us'"

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