אלוהים (Elohim)

 

I’m learning Hebrew and fell across something rather remarkable in my eyes. Granted, I am no where near fluent in this language quite yet but I wanted to share this revelation. It’s found in the first three words of the original text of the Bible.

בראשית ברא אלוהים
Bereshit bara Elohim…
In the beginning created God.

The word Elohim is a plural word, meaning god or gods. It is also used in the singular sense, so it means God in this instance. However, the fact that’s it is a plural word used in the singular sense is remarkable to me. Furthermore, Adonai, or The Lord, or Jehovah is used elsewhere in the Bible to refer to God…so why a plural word in the very first sentence?

The Bible as a whole (Old and New Testaments) talks about God, the Father, the Holy Spirit, and then Jesus. Jesus is alluded to many times in the Old Testament. The beginning of the Gospel of John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1 NIV).” The ‘in the beginning’ part of this is a deliberate echo of the beginning of Genesis…

I feel that Elohim was deliberately used to point to the triune nature of God. I was floored by this revelation as I was learning Hebrew. I am also befuddled that Jews don’t believe in the Trinity when it is seems so plain to me.

Any thoughts on this?

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