[b-hebrew] Hebrew plural

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Tue Aug 10 03:51:23 EDT 2004

It's simply a matter of etiquette, sort of like addressing a single person
"vous" in French. That is also at least a partial explanation for the plural
form of Elohim and Adonai.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Hebrew plural

> John:
> I noticed that it is not uncommon for people who are in a superior status,
such as master or lord, are often referred to in the plural when a single
individual is meant. I first noticed it while reading through Deuteronomy,
but it is found in other places as well.
> I don't think it is the royal plural, but I have no explanation for it.
> Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John Cordaro <jcordaro at intergate.com>
> > Can someone please elaborate on Eccl 12:1 and Isaiah 54:5. Is it true
> > that "Creator" is plural in Eccl 12:1 and "husband" and "Maker" are
> > plural in Is 54:5?
> > If so, how does one determine it is plural and how should we then
> > understand these verses? Is it similar to a plural of majesty or are we
> > to believe there are two Creators (or more) which is contrary to Is
> > 44:24 which states YHWH created "alone" and by Himself?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > John
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