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Immanuel or Emmanuel (Hebrew עמנו אל), meaning "God is with us" in Hebrew, is a title used in the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. In the King James Bible, the relevant verse runs like this:

7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

There is considerable dispute about the precise meaning and application of this verse, but Christians believe it to be a prophecy of the birth of Jesus, who is therefore sometimes called Immanuel or Emmanuel.

It is used as first name among Christians. Examples are Immanuel Kant, Vittorio Emmanuele I of Italy, the bullfighter Manolete and the Emmanuelle erotic films.

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