elohim


noun

  1. God, especially as used in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.

noun

  1. Old Testament a Hebrew word for God or gods

a name of God in the Bible, c.1600, from Hebrew, plural (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 in the Old Testament, hence Elohist.

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