My Lent Words 11: Elohim

Elohim is translated ‘God’ but strangely it is a plural form but singular in meaning.

‘Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image,…’’ (Genesis 1:26a)

But the religion of the Bible is fiercely monotheistic.

‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. ‘You shall have no other gods before me.’’ (Exodus 20:2,3)

Sometimes in Hebrew plural is used to show that something has totality, extent or diversity. God is a variety. He is everything a god could need to be.

In a world where most religions had a number of gods of different character it is as if the use of Elohim means that God is not limited by his singleness. He is complex.

God is infinitely diverse.

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