The term, "God/G-d" came from Norse mythology, it meant "Got," a god of their faith. I am honestly ignorant of why the Judaic faith applies it today.

  • Actually, I'm pretty sure the word G-d (and also G-tt in German, etc.) comes from and Indo-European word meaning "to invoke", "libate", or "pour". en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/…
    – ezra
    Apr 4, 2018 at 0:23
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    Related: linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/2229/…
    – Alex
    Apr 4, 2018 at 0:29
  • Welcome to Mi Yodea. Can you clarify what precisely your question is? What do you mean by "the Judaic faith applies it today"? Do you mean to ask why any Jew would ever use the word "God" if the word stemmed from another religion? If so, do you have any reason to believe that there would be an issue using such a word, when clearly now it simply means the Deity?
    – Alex
    Apr 4, 2018 at 0:33
  • @Alex My question indeed way "why any Jew would ever use the word "God" if the word stemmed from another religion?" The problem is, it'll be like using the name Jesus since that name also means deity to the christians and so forth. I think it best if we'd just call Elohim HaShem.
    – Turk Hill
    Apr 4, 2018 at 2:27
  • @user17072 But "Jesus" does not mean the Deity in general. "God" does. Regardless of what the words may have meant in the ancient past, or where they came from.
    – Alex
    Apr 4, 2018 at 2:39

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I cannot find "Got" on online lists of Norse deities; not that that's a proof he wasn't one.

Moreover, the etymology of god to a reconstructed PIE root seems likely to predate it to Norse religion.

But none of that answers your question, which was "why the Judaic faith applies it today". Well, it's because God means "the deity", and not "some Norse deity named Got".

  • you are correct how we today, or at least, when we say G-d we are not bearing in mind the Norse deity named Got.
    – Turk Hill
    Apr 4, 2018 at 2:32

From Wikipedia:

The English word God continues the Old English God (guþ, gudis in Gothic, *gud in modern Scandinavian, God in Frisian and Dutch, and Gott in modern German), which is derived from Proto-Germanic *ǥuđán.

The article continues and says that the Proto-Germanic word *ǥuđán most likely comes from the root which means to libate or pour, or possibly from the root meaning to call or invoke.

The word has nothing to do with Norse mythology at all.

  • some think it does do with Norse mythology, as so the name G-d comes from the pagan god named Got.
    – Turk Hill
    Apr 4, 2018 at 2:31
  • @user17072 I have been unable to trace any pagan god named Got. Could you point it out to me please?
    – ezra
    Apr 4, 2018 at 2:37
  • @user17072 "some think it does do with Norse mythology" Why would it matter what 'some' think? There are enough people in the world that if we accounted for every crazy idea 'some people thought up, we'd never be able to do anything! One might have an argument if there was a 'mainstream' world opinion, but I think that the answers here show that this isn't such a well accepted idea. Apr 4, 2018 at 19:43

"G-d" is the standard English-language term for a deity, regardless of its linguistic origins. The "Ba'al Shem Tov" was unconcerned that this Hebrew term for "master" was also applied to "Ba'al Peor" of avodah zarah fame.

In the same vein, Arabic-speaking Jews, when not praying, will usually refer to the deity as "Allah", it's just the Arabic term for deity, despite its association with Islam (https://www.quora.com/Do-Arab-Jews-say-Allah)

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