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Elohim: Old Testament Names of God

Updated: May 12, 2023


Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.


Today we are going to take a deep dive into our thirteenth Old Testament name of God, Elohim, as found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.


אֱלֹהִים

(el-o-heem') God, Judge, Creator


Use in the Bible: : In the Old Testament Elohim occurs over 2000 times. Elohim is first used in Gen 1:1.


Transliteration: ĕlōhîm

Pronunciation: el-o-heem'

Part of Speech: masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology): Plural of אֱלוֹהַּ (H433)

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 93c

Strong's Reference: H430


KJV Translation Count — Total: 2,606x


The KJV translates Strong's H430 in the following manner: God (2,346x), god (244x), judge (5x), GOD (1x), goddess (2x), great (2x), mighty (2x), angels (1x), exceeding (1x), God-ward (with H4136) (1x), godly (1x).

Elohim in the Septuagint: theos - the standard Greek word for god, a transcendent being who exercises extraordinary control in human affairs or is responsible for bestowal of unusual benefits (BDAG). It specifically refers to the monotheistic God of Israel.

Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as God. The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from 'êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, 'wl (which means strong). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: 'lh (which means god) in conjunction with 'elôah (which means fear). And still others presume that both 'êl and Elohim come from 'eloah.


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