b-hebrew digest: August 22, 2000

Ben Crick ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Thu Aug 24 16:11:22 EDT 2000

On Thu 24 Aug 2000 (11:28:41), wross at farmerstel.com wrote:
> In my mind, I loosely translate e:LoHiYM as "supreme(s)", and context says
> whether that is God, gods, judges, or what have you. Doesn't EL have to do
> with "high"?

 Hi Bill!

 You may well be right; but to my mind "God Most High" is 'eL `eL:YoWN in
 Genesis 14:18 and many other places (from the root `aLaH, to ascend or go up
 on high). Abra[ha]m identified 'eL `eL:YoWN with YHWH (Gen 14:22). Thus He is
 distinguished from the 'gods many and lords many' of the Canaanites /et al./,
 the  Ba`aLiYM or /numines loci/. The LXX has hO QEOS hO hUYISTOS. Compare the
 use of hUYOW in John 3:14 and elsewhere.

 We have had long threads in the past on the meanings of 'eL, 'eLIYM and
 'e:LoHiYM. See the archives...

 Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
 <ben.crick at argonet.co.uk>
 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK)

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