The notion of divinity underwent radical changes in the early period of
The word is identical to the usual plural of el meaning gods or magistrates, and is cognate to the 'l-h-m found in
Elohim is a
In Hebrew, the ending -im normally indicates a masculine plural. However, when referring to the Hebrew God, Elohim is usually understood to be grammatically singular (i.e. it governs a singular verb or adjective). A possibly another related world is Ilāhīn (إلاهين), meaning two gods, while alīha (gods, آله) is the collective form of īlah (a god, إله). Note that names of human beings in Arabic and Hebrew can also have plural endings like
It is generally thought that Elohim is derived from eloah, the latter being an expanded form of the Northwest Semitic noun ’il.
 The related nouns eloah (אלוה) and
"El" (the basis for the extended root ʾlh) is usually derived from a root meaning "to be strong" and/or "to be in front".