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.