[b-hebrew] elohim 2555x or 2600x in the Hebrew Bible

Philip Engmann phil-eng at ighmail.com
Sun Sep 21 10:21:31 EDT 2003

"The general Hebrew name for God is elohim (Myhilox<). Sometimes it is
used with a definite article, sometimes without. Altogether it occurs
2555 times in the Hebrew Bible. In 2310 of these instances, it is used
as the name of the living and true God, but in 245 passages it appears
to be adopted in lower senses."[1] 
Kholenberger's and Swanson's Hebrew English Concordance to the Old
Testament defines elohim as a masculine plural noun. The concordance
lists all the occurrences of elohim in the Hebrew Old Testament and
notes that elohim occurs 2600 times in the Biblia Hebraica
Stuttgartensia (BHS) 
Which is which? Does elohim occur 2600 times or 2555 times in the Hebrew
Philip Engmann


[1] Robert Baker Girdlestone, Synonyms of the Old Testament: Their
Bearing on Christian Doctrine, Third Edition, Michigan: Grand Rapids,
Baker Book House, 1879. Pages 30, 31-43.

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