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). Another possible related word is Ilāhīn (إلاهين), meaning two gods, while alīha (gods, آله) is the collective form of īlah (a god, إله).[
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".