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Teaching - Elohim

(If Hebrew letters are unfamiliar, just read through them. In your mind say, "that thing" and read on. You may look more closely if you wish to verify things. [1] It is the consistent use of the meaning of the alphabet in notarikon [2], that shows it is a true meaning. It is impossible for any man to have imposed these meanings after the scripture was written. Hebrew is written right to left)
  1. Pneumnemonic Hebrew for Beginners
  2. notarikon - words get their meaning from the combined meaning of the letters. Notarikon
Confusion - Elohim

"In the beginning God..." [1] In the first full sentence of revelation God tells one of his names "Elohim" אלהים. It is said that it means God, plural Gods, Royal 'God', judges, etc.

If there is confusion, it is the result of sin. [2] [3]

God has communicated to us in such a way that we might know him, and then after we know him, believe (trust) and understand him. [4]

  1. Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
  2. 2Th 2:11]] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
  3. Jer 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.
  4. Isa 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Elohim - one or many

Some say that Elohim is a plural noun for eloah meaning 'gods' and conclude that there are many gods, or it is like the 'royal we' when the king speaks of himself in plural form. But these are secondary meaning which cannot be applied to all instances.

The metaphor of "Waterloo" says many things. It can be used to speak of being ill-prepared or arrogant. These are both secondary meanings which, by themselves, do not express the true meaning of Waterloo.

You can see how this causes problems, since God calls men elohim, and there is only one singular God. How do we make sense of this? We will use notarikon [1].

  1. One of the methods of interpretation used by New Testament authors

'Notarikon' [1] is the ancient Hebrew practice of interpretation where words get their meaning from the combined meaning of the letters within.

No other known language works this way. None of the letters in 'cat' tell you anything about cats.

'Elohim' אלהים means God 'El' אל separated from creation י, which has been finished by the son ם (or 'his people'), by ignorance ה. [2]

References on Notarikon

Hebrew words derive meaning from the meaning of the letters.

See SMS's answer here:

Sefir Yetzirah "some early commentators treated it as a treatise on mathematical and linguistic theory as opposed to Kabbalah."

Current works by who is attempting to coerce the meanings from the letters.

This is the one which I am currently testing. using the rules posted here: What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?

I am currently collaborating on a Dictionary of 'Gates'; two-letter sub-roots.

John demonstrates a knowledge of this in 1Jo 5:7 Where heaven שמים has three consonants (yes and one vowel) which mean father מ, Word ם and Spirit א. And earth ארץ having Spirit א, water ר, and blood ץ. Naturally he translated into Greek for the emerging Greek church which did not have a background in Hebrew.

Works and lectures by Rabbi Benjamin Blech

  1. This is not an endorsement of the rabbinic usage of notarikon since they violate the rules of it's use and have scrambled the meaning of the letters making nonsense of the idea.
  2. It also means 'after he created the heavens and the earth א he taught ל those who did not understand ה and then his creation י was finished when the Son completed it ם'.
Men do not know God

Man is separated from God because they don't know him. 'Elohim' expresses the idea of the separation. When he calls men 'elohim' he is using the primary meaning.

It is just as valid to say that men are separated from God, as it is to say that God is separated from men.

God is called Elohim since men are separated from him. Men are called Elohim because they are separated from God. This [1] is the primary meaning of 'Elohim'.

  1. God אל separated from men ים by ignorance ה
Judges called Elohim

When judges are called 'Elohim' [1] it is not because they judge like God. They are separated from God.

It is because they don't judge like God. [2] They cannot judge rightly because they don't know him. [3] [4]

He tells them they are separated from him by ignorance and they will die like men. [5]

  1. Ps 82:6 ¶ I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High.
  2. Ps 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
  3. Isa 45:5 I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else, [there is] no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
  4. Jer 9:3 And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
  5. Ps 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Eloah - a man or idol

Using notarikon, eloah אלוה is singular for 'God אל discerned by, or made clear by ו ignorance ה. How can ignorance help us to discern God?

The ignorance of men, bickering over this or that, drives people crazy to the point that they cry out "It is not supposed to be this way!" By doing so, they are declaring that there is a God whose way it is supposed to be. In ignorance they sin, but he extends mercy. His mercy reveals him as God.

The ignorance of men causes a cacophony of confusion. In contrast, we know that there is a God who is rational and causes peace. [1] [2]

It is foolish to call a man or idol 'God', or to follow your own council of good and evil; 'eloah'. Eloah says that such a declaration; that the man (yourself) or idol is a God, is totally foolish and made plain by the ignorance of the claim. It is a god for the foolish.

  1. Ge 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but [there was] none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
  2. Ge 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, [It is] not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Gate of 'El'