Ransom: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ransom

Ransom

Pronunciation: RAN-səm (key)

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According to Jay Sklar professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, in the Old Testament the idea of "ransom" is different from the modern use of the term. Today, a ransom is given to a wrong-doer in return for something the wrong-doer took from an innocent party.

By contrast, in the Old Testament, a ransom is an act of grace where the *guilty* party pays the innocent party, and the innocent party can (but does not have to) accept it in lieu of legal action -- up to and including capital punishment on the guilty party -- for the wrong-doing. Likewise, in the New Testament, Jesus' dying on the cross is considered a "ransom for many" in this sense, but with the twist of the son of the offended party himself paying for the offenders. (See Sklar's lecture on Atonement in Leviticus around the 28 minute mark: http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Feed/covenantseminary.edu-d...).

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Nicknames for Ransom: | Edit

Ranse, Rance, Ran, Ransy, Handsome Ransom

Meanings and history of the name Ransom: | Edit

An English surname, either derived from the noun "ransom" or a patronymic surname meaning of "Ranulf's son."

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Ransom Eli Olds, American automotive industry pioneer, the Oldsmobile was named for him and the REO Speedwagon, the car from which the band got its name, bears his initials.

Ransom Riggs is the author of the best-selling novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."

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Elwin Ransom, better known as simply Ransom, is the main character in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (sometimes called the Ransom Trilogy).

Ransom Stoddard, fictional character played by James Stewart in the John Ford film, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."

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