[b-hebrew] ELOHIM from ANE tradition?

Philip Engmann phil-eng at ighmail.com
Wed May 19 06:28:13 EDT 2004

Dear Listees,
Albright has suggested that the use of the majestic plural ELOHIM for
God comes from the tendency in the ancient near east toward a
universalism: “We find in Canaanite an increasing tendency to employ the
plural Ashtorôt 'Astartes', and Anatot 'Anaths', in the clear sense of
totality of manifestations of a deity”.[1]
Can there be some truth in this statement?
Philip (OT Student)


[1] William F. Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity, 2nd
edition, (Page 213)

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