THE DUALITY OF ELOHIM

PART TWO

THE SACRED NAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE TITLE “ELOHIM”

 

CONTINUING OUR DRASH ON THE DUALITY OF ELOHIM

In our last study, we looked at the plurality inherent in the Hebrew title Elohim (a male plurality) as found in Bereshis (Gen) 1:26, and how when Elohim spoke, both voices were heard in unison. We also looked at the Chaldean root of Elohim, which carries the meaning of “Mighty Ones”.

In this short study, we will continue by looking at Bereshis 3:22-23

22 And יהוה Elohim said, “See, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…” 23 so יהוה Elohim sent him out of the garden of Ěḏen to till the ground from which he was taken,
(TS2009)

Now we see the Sacred Name of YHVH (B’H) connected with the male plurality of the title Elohim. So what we are seeing here in Vs. 22, if we’re looking through the lens of our Hebraic understanding; could be written out as “יהוה (YHVH B’H) our Mighty Ones say…”. Again, since more than one is speaking the same thing, we have more than one voice speaking in unison. Vs. 23 tells us essentially the same thing. But most importantly, the Sacred Name of יהוה (YHVH B’H) is attached to the male plurality Elohim, which would give legitimacy to the Aramaic Targum Johnathan’s claim that there is a Greater and a Lessor יהוה (B’H).

Now this concept may seem strange since most of us have been taught through the modern English translations of the Bible, or from the wisdom of man, which explain none of this in its’ original Hebraic context. This is one of our missions at Beit Echad. We strive to return to the original understanding of Scripture, as first written, while proving all things through Scripture.

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Sha’ul