ELOHIMAlso known as ELOAH, ELYON
The Hebrew word for Gods, especially when applied to [YAHWEH], the [GOD] of the Old Testament.
But no. The word ELOHIM is simply a term used to emphasize YAHWEH's super-divine and ultra-Godly majesty. It's the royal 'we' with magical propensities, and consequently not a word to be tossed around lightly.
Ever-fearful of causing offence, devout Jews could not pronounce it outside of a religious context, or with their heads uncovered. Although they could say 'Eloquim'. Then it did not quite mean what you knew it meant and sacrilege was avoided.
The word seems to have derived from the same place as EL, a common Middle-Eastern word meaning 'God' or 'Lord'. But this was far too generic for the God of the Hebrews, who wanted to distance himself from all those other ELs running around. So he gave himself another title: YHWH — a word of even more sacred unpronounceability...
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Area or people : Hebrew
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Concept
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ELOAH, ELYON
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