Elohim

Elohim

[e-loh-him; Sephardic Hebrew e-law-heem; Ashkenazic Hebrew e-loh-him; in nonliturgical use by Orthodox Jews e-law-keem, e-loh-kim]
noun
God, especially as used in the hebrew text of the Old Testament.

Origin:
< Hebrew ĕlōhīm, plural of ĕlōah God

Elohimic [el-oh-him-ik] , adjective
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Elohim (ɛˈləʊhɪm, ˌɛləʊˈhiːm)
 
n
Old Testament a Hebrew word for God or gods
 
[C17: from Hebrew 'Elōhim, plural (used to indicate uniqueness) of 'Elōah God; probably related to 'El God]

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Elohim
a name of God in the Bible, 1605, from Heb., pl. (of majesty?) of Eloh "God," a word of unknown etymology, perhaps an augmentation of El "God," also of unknown origin. Generally taken as singular, the use of this word instead of Yahveh is taken by biblical scholars as an important clue to authorship
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elohim

(Hebrew: God), the God of Israel in the Old Testament. A plural of majesty, the term Elohim-though sometimes used for other deities, such as the Moabite god Chemosh, the Sidonian goddess Astarte, and also for other majestic beings such as angels, kings, judges (the Old Testament shofetim), and the Messiah-is usually employed in the Old Testament for the one and only God of Israel, whose personal name was revealed to Moses as YHWH, or Yahweh (q.v.). When referring to Yahweh, elohim very often is accompanied by the article ha-, to mean, in combination, "the God," and sometimes with a further identification Elohim hayyim, meaning "the living God."

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