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Correct translation of the bible.

Elohim is a plural word, including male and female, and should properly be translated "Gods" or "Pantheon." this correct?
and is it correct that Elohim is the word that is found in the Hebrew version of the bible?

So, ...doesn't that sort of say right from the beginning that there is more then one God?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Oct. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (11)
  • The bible is pretty clear that elohim/God is one God. There are many gods, but only one True God. He often refers to himself in the plural. For instance in Genesis He says, Let US make man in OUR image. The plurality becomes more clear (though still not fully understandable) in the rest of Scripture. Jesus Christ Himself said that He and God were one. The holy Spirit is also God. That is why the concept of the Trinity is taught. 3 in 1.

    Answer by micheledo at 5:20 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Um...NO.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:16 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given
    in the Tanakh: “In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth”
    (Genesis 1:1):

    The name Elohim is unique to Hebraic thinking: it occurs only in Hebrew and in no other ancient Semitic language. The masculine plural ending does not mean “gods” when referring to the true God of Israel, since the name is mainly used with singular verb forms and with adjectives and pronouns in the singular (e.g., see Gen. 1:26). However, considering the Hashalush HaKadosh (Trinity), the form indeed allows for the plurality within the Godhead.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • In order to get the "original" bible, you need to go back to the first oral version. Good luck with that

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:31 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • three in one.. apparently equals one.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:22 PM on Oct. 24, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • This word points to the Trinity, which you can also see in Genesis. God uses the plural pronouns "Us" and "Our" -- Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26.

    Matthew Henry explains, "The three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, consult about it and concur in it, because man, when he was made, was to be dedicated and devoted to Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Into that great name we are, with good reason, baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. Let him rule man who said, Let us make man."

    One God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 12:17 AM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 12:19 AM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • You just need to look at the 10 commandments to see that Christianity admits there are other Gods. The one says to not worship any other God but the Christian God. Ergo, admitting there are other Gods but supposedly are not worth worshipping.

    Answer by purpleducky at 10:04 AM on Oct. 25, 2009

  • Actually I just want to respond to the comment above. The Bible doesn't say that there are other Gods, but that you shouldn't WORSHIP any other gods. The Bible repeatedly says that although people worship other gods, they are not really other gods.

    "This is what the LORD, Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty, says: I am the First and the Last; there is no other God." Isaiah 44:6

    "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me." Isaiah 45:5

    (No offense to non-Christians; I promise) But the Bible considers the gods that other people worship are things they made with their own hands out of wood or stone, and inspired by the deception of demons. Obviously if you are not a Christian you don't believe that at all!!! And I understand it sounds really harsh. But I just wanted to explain that even though God says to have no other gods, it isn't acknowledging the actual existence of other gods.

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 12:04 PM on Oct. 25, 2009