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The first name Emmanuelle is taken from the Hebrew "immanu'el" which means "God is with us.” It appears twice in the Bible. The first time is in the book of the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, the virgin is with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel (that is, God is with us)" (Is 7:14). It appears a second time in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, when the angel appears in a dream-vision to Joseph: "Behold, the Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son; and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means: ‘God-with-us’” (Mt 1:23).

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