Re: [tied] Re: Elohim

From: Julianus
Message: 17614
Date: 2003-01-14

"Richard Wordingham " wrote:

> What's feminine about 'Elohim'? The '-i:m' is the normal masculine
> plural ending.

But ELOH is itself a feminine word. The fact that the name of the 'God'
who creates Heaven and Earth in Genesis is actually the masculine plural
of a feminine singular has caused the spilling of much theological ink.
To my mind it indicates that the ancient Hebrews were not the strict
monotheists they later became, but being a polytheist myself I can get
away with such heresy:-)

-- Julianus

“Nothing on the face of this earth -- and I do mean nothing --
is half so dangerous as a children’s story that happens to be
real, and you and I are wandering blindfolded through a myth
devised by a maniac.”
-- Master Li Kao (T’ang Dynasty)

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