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Our first study word is God as it appears in Genesis 1:1

Here is the Strong's definition:

plural of <H433> ('elowahh); gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative :- angels, × exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), × (very) great, judges, × mighty.

Please add the definitions from other recognized dictionaries and lexicons as a comment to this post.

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Comment by John Cordaro on January 16, 2014 at 7:30pm

Brown, Driver, Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon found at Entry for Elohim begins on page 43. It is too large to post here.

Also, here is a condensed version out of eSword:

BDB Definition:
1) (plural)
1a) rulers, judges
1b) divine ones
1c) angels
1d) gods
2) (plural intensive - singular meaning)
2a) god, goddess
2b) godlike one
2c) works or special possessions of God
2d) the (true) God
2e) God
Part of Speech: noun masculine plural
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: plural of H433
Same Word by TWOT Number: 93c

Comment by Chuck Swift on January 16, 2014 at 8:02pm

Thanks John, great info.

Comment by Chuck Swift on January 17, 2014 at 5:25am

‏אֱלֹהִים‎ [See Stg: <H430>]

ʾelōhiym: A masculine plural noun meaning God, gods, judges, angels. Occurring more than 2, 600 times in the Old Testament, this word commonly designates the one true God (Gen. 1:1) and is often paired with God's unique name yehōwāh <H3068> (Gen. 2:4; Ps. 100:3). When the word is used as the generic designation of God, it conveys in Scripture that God is the Creator (Gen. 5:1); the King (Ps. 47:7[8]); the Judge (Ps. 50:6); the Lord (Ps. 86:12); and the Savior (Hos. 13:4). His character is compassionate (Deut. 4:31); gracious (Ps. 116:5); and faithful to His covenant (Deut. 7:9). In fewer instances, this word refers to foreign gods, such as Dagon (1 Sam. 5:7) or Baal (1 Ki. 18:24). It also might refer to judges (Ex. 22:8[7], 9[8]) or angels as gods (Ps. 97:7). Although the form of this word is plural, it is frequently used as if it were singular—that is, with a singular verb (Gen. 1:1-31; Ex. 2:24). The plural form of this word may be regarded (1) as intensive to indicate God's fullness of power; (2) as majestic to indicate God's kingly rule; or (3) as an allusion to the Trinity (Gen. 1:26). The singular form of this word ʾelôah <H433> occurs only in poetry (Ps. 50:22; Isa. 44:8). The shortened form of the word is ʾēl <H410>.

AMG's Complete Word Study Dictionaries - The Complete Word Study Dictionary – Old Testament.

Comment by Chuck Swift on January 20, 2014 at 9:57am

The period of adding definitions in our word study has ended, now on to copying and pasting verses from throughout the Scriptures that define the word 'God' in context, along with a brief comment of your understanding of the meaning from the verse.

Genesis 14:18 "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and He was the priest of the most high God."
-In this verse we see that God is most high.

Genesis 17:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect."
-In this verse we see that God is Almighty.

Comment by John Cordaro on January 20, 2014 at 1:53pm

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

- "God" is the Creator.

Gen 2:7  And YHWH Elohim (God)  formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

-"God" has a name (YHWH) and "God" or "Elohim" is His title.

Isa 43:10  "You are My witnesses," declares YHWH, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. 

- There is only one true "God", YHWH. 

Lev 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, You shall be holy: for  I YHWH your Elohim am holy.

- "God" is "holy".












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