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God is One – The Elohim

Strong’s #430, elohim. Gods, mighty-ones, exceeding-ones, very great ones. Rabbis and scholars have debated for centuries over what exactly this word means. And for good reason. They didn’t have the ear to hear.

Elohim, אלהִים, is concretely the plural form of eloah, אלה / אלוֹה (#433) which has the feminine suffix ה attached. Scholars have treated eloah as a masculine noun and called it “prolonged” or “emphatic”. Found only in the Hebrew poetry and later prophets. Bias has dictated that there could be no such word “goddess” in the Hebrew. This word however is far easier to interpret as such. Gesenius interpreted the unique לאלֹהוֹ in Habakkuk 1:11 as “to his own god”, but this looks as if eloah is planted in the middle of “to himself“. The masculine form of “god” is אל el.

אל ← אלה ← אלהִים

el → eloah → elohim

The Trinity

We can see that God begets God. Or rather, God begets God through God. Or is God incapable of this? Of course not. Is it not the gospel, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? The professionals never liked the feminine noun, or feminine aspect, or feminine verbiage, or feminine narrative witness around the Holy Spirit. Some have embraced some form of the Holy Spirit as feminine like a mother. It was there in some Catholic circles, but still they were blind. Because for many scholars and theologians the Holy Spirit is God and that means masculine only. Even though the Trinity was confessed, the false doctrine of “only one god” prevailed. No such terminology exists in the texts. The true doctrine, as it is written is “GOD IS ONE”.

Yet the irony is that everything the Trinitarian theologian says about God is quite true, only he is blind to his own words. God creates himself and begets himself through himself. That’s the Gospel, is it not? A pastor will preach it, but not see it. He who loves his woman, loves himself. The masculine-feminine reality is a paradox. The masculine-feminine is a paradox that begins with GOD singular and ends with…GOD plural.

And if Eve, the Mother of Life, be taken from the side of God in Christ, then she herself is of the same nature. God builds God. And the offspring is also of the same nature, God. Who is the firstborn of this mega profound paradox? Jesus, “He is Salvation.” And yet still at the end of the day, God is one.

Being a plural word, Elohim, the best English translation would be “gods”. However, what of the anomaly that the plural word is paired to a singular masculine verb (he has created)? How is it that the Hebrews used a masculine singular verb with a plural noun? To communicate the oneness of God. It’s only logical to use a singular verb with a plural God who is one, is it not? There was never a scripture written that there was “only one god”. What was written demanded an ear to hear, an ear that only those born from above would understand:

ויאמר אלהים אל משה אהיה אשר אהיה

and elohim is saying toward Moses I am whom I am

שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד

Hear, God-Strives (Isra-el),

Yahweh our-mighty-ones Yahweh

is ONE.

I am our-mighty-ones I am

אהיה←אשר→אהיה

יהוהאלהינויהוה

 הוה
(to become)

ו

(man)

Jesus was asked “which is the most important commandment of all?”

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear Israel, Lord our God Lord is one. (Mark 12:29 RBT)