"...and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT IAM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." (Exo. 3:13b-14)
The Hebrew word is pronounced hâyâh (haw-yaw). I am not an 'Orginal-language' type of a guy, but I wish I knew alot more Greek, Hebrew, Latin and yes, even English. When I first came across Exodus 3:13-14, immediately I thought what does "I AM" mean? Here Moses asked God what name should he tell the Israelites if they were to ask him who sent for them? And God told Moses to basically say "I AM hath sent me unto you." So "I AM" is a name for God. It basically tells us about the fact that God is God. He is 'self-existing' (Gill). He is eternal (always was, and is, and will be) and immutable (unchanging). Some religious people think that we can become gods, but that is only an imagination and false teaching at best, because even if we were to be transformed into something 'divine' we can never be 'eternal' because man has a beginning. Man is not 'self-existing' or eternal or immutable. In essence only God is truly the great "I AM."