[b-hebrew] elohim versus aggelous, Psalm 8:6[5] MT verses LXX

furuli at online.no furuli at online.no
Sat Sep 27 03:11:24 EDT 2003

Dear Philip,

The word )LHYM  is  a generic count-noun, and its reference must be 
construed from the context. In addition to Peter's references (and 
fine discussion) I would like to point out that the writer of Hebrews 
(2:7) in the NT quoted Psalm 8:6 and applied it to the angels. In 
some Qumran writings )LHYM refers to the angels as well.

The reference of angels as "gods" in the Tanakh neither indicate 
polytheism nor henotheism, because they are not in line of worship. 
The angels are said to be sons of YHWH, and therefore they have the 
same nature as their father.  In a world with different kinds of 
Christian dogma it can seem strange that creatures can be referred to 
as "gods" beside The God, but evidently this was not strange to the 
Hebrew mind.

Best regards

Rolf Furuli


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