Elohim plurality

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Tue Jan 29 14:20:12 EST 2002


I have just read this from http://www.clc.edu/askdr/Archive/elohim.htm.
Yes, to me this is basically sound, though I would want to be more
careful re Psalm 45:6.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Schmuel [mailto:schmuel at bigfoot.com]
> Sent: 29 January 2002 19:04
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Elohim plurality
> 
> Shalom b-Hebrew
> 
> Schmuel quoting Daniel Segraves..
> > >   Elohim is a masculine plural noun. Eloah, the singular form of
the
> >word, > appears 54 times and is also used in reference to both the
true
> God
> >and to > false gods. Eloah is from the Hebrew El, which appears 226
> times.  El
> > > signifies strength and power. >  <snip>
> 
> Peter Kirk,
> >Well, 'EL may be a contracted form of 'ELOAH  (though hardly vice
versa)
> >or otherwise derived from the root 'LH; or it may be derived from the
> >root 'YL meaning "strength, power", as in 'AYIL "ram", "leader". But
I
> >don't see how both of these can be true at the same time. BDB has a
> >summary of some options (pp.41-42), but a lot of this is pure
> speculation.
>
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> Hi Peter,
> 
> Ptting aside the relationship between the forms..
> 
> Do you find Daniel's Segrave's discussion of Elohim and plurality
> basically
> sound..... ?
> 
> It is the only such fairly complete grammar discussion that I have
> found on the Net  :-)
> 
> Schmuel at bigfoot.com
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