References to: Elohim

Does Elohim Refer to a Family of Divine Beings?

The word elohim can refer to the true God, to a false god, to angels, and to human beings. In its wide application, this name is unusual and difficult to translate into English. The ability of this word to refer correctly to God, angels, humans, and false gods can be understood only if the root of the word is kept in mind. The root means somewhat like the “powers that be,” whether they are human or divine, singular or plural.

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You Can Prove What Elohim Means

In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let us make man in our image.” “Let us....” Does this mean that there is more than one God? Some say yes. They say that the Hebrew word elohim is a plural noun, showing that there is more than one God. Yet the Hebrew Bible plainly quotes God as saying that there is only one God. “I am God,” he says, “and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). God does not say, “we are God.”

So what does the Hebrew word elohim mean? Is it plural? Does it prove there is one God or many? If we can’t read Hebrew, how can we find out?

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Ralph Orr
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