/LH

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Introductory Notes

This is one of the most controversial Hebrew roots you will encounter in your studies.  It is a theologically loaded code word that a large number of religious institutions have a vested interest in maintaining their particular definition.  Therefore, expect to encounter a great number of very polarized positions as you analyze the words related to this root.  Some will threaten you with eternal damnation and punishment in hell if you dare disagree with their definition.  Others will threaten you by saying that you will not have a share in the world to come if you disagree with them.  Keep in mind that none of those institutions existed during the time period covered by the biblical accounts, even during New Testament times.  

Our research indicates that the people of Israel who lived during biblical times would have not understood either monotheism or trinitarianism.  Our goal is to understand what this word meant to them.  Since this is such a theologically important word it is absolutely essential that you do your own research and come to a conclusion as to its correct meaning based on the linguistic and historical evidence. 

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A. (I.) 

/LH

Etymology (1) Arabic - /ALA - to swear
Qal (1) to utter an oath, curse
Hiphil (1) to put under an oath, curse

l  l l

A. (II.) 

/LH

Qal Impreative fem.

(1)

to wail

l  l l

B. 

/ALAH

(1) curse
(2) agreement

l  l l

C. (I.)

/ELAH

etymology - Arabic - evergreen, terebinth, oak
(1) massive tree, with cultic significance

l  l l

C. (II.)

/ELAH

(1) Edomite
(2) king of Israel
(3) father of Hoshea, king of Israel

l  l l

D. 

/ALAH

(1) majestic tree

l  l l

E. 

/ELEH

(1) these (common gender)
(2) relating to what precedes
(3) relating to what follows
(4) attributive

l  l l

F. 

/ELOHA

(1) (MHb. pl. /ELOHOT, deities)
(2) a god

Translations of /ELOHA

Translation Times
God 52
god 5

l  l l

G. 

/ELOHIYM

(1) gods
(2)  god, deity
(3) God
(4) judges

Translations of /ELOHIYM

Translation Times
angels 1
God many
goddess 2
gods 240
judges 5
great 1
mighty 2
very great 1
exceeding 1

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