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Lazarus Meaning and Origin

The name Lazarus is a boy’s name meaning “God is my help” and is of Scottish origin. The name Lazarus is a Latinate version of Greek Lazaros, an aphetic short form of Hebrew Eleazar. There are two men named Lazarus mentioned in the New Testament the most famous is Lazarus of Bethany, whom Jesus raised from the dead after having been dead for four days (JOHN 11:1). This event has made the name Lazarus a symbol of resurrection and new life in Christian theology. The name Lazarus also has origins in Greek mythology, where it was the name of a figure who was said to have been raised from the dead by the god Zeus. In this context, the name is also associated with rebirth and new beginnings. Outside of religious and mythological contexts, the name Lazarus has been used as a given name in various cultures throughout history. It is a name of Hebrew origin that means “God has helped.” In popular culture, the name Lazarus has been used in a variety of ways. It has been used as a character name in literature, film, and television, often to evoke themes of resurrection and redemption.

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