Elohim is Plural?

I was having a discussion with an older Jewish gentleman who was studying the Torah.

He said, “I know you’re a student of the Bible.  But did you know the word for God in the Bible is Elohim—and that word in Hebrew is plural?”

“Really?  Wow! I’m glad to know that!  That explains Genesis 1:26-27 where God said, “Let us make man in our image…so God made man in His own image.”  The Scripture there changes from plural to singular.  I’d say that’s one more example of the Trinity:  the Father, Son and Holy Spirit working together in creation.”

He said, “No, No!  We believe that refers to the angels that helped God create man.”

“What? But angels are created beings! God didn’t need angels to help Him create man.  He could simply speak us into existence!  Besides, Scripture tells us we were made in the image of God, not in the image of God and angels.  I’m afraid, my friend, I must respectfully disagree with you here.”

He smiled and nodded.

I smiled back.

  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.       Genesis 1:26-27

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Elohim is Plural?

  1. Florence Warwar says:

    Amen Kathleen. I agree. Hope you were able to plant the “seed” in his heart.

  2. Kristi Ann says:

    Amein-Amen Sister in Christ Jesus ( Yeshua ) Kathleen!!

    Baruch HaShem Elohim Yahweh, Yeshua Jesus Adonai Bless Ye All who STAND with Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation USA!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  3. Lee says:

    I so agree with you on that as I had a similar topic on the plural form of Elohim. The plural of God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Jesus said” Me and the Father are one. ” and ” I will send you the Comforter who will guide you.”
    Yours in service until He returns

  4. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, that was interesting conversation. I agree with you. It’s so easy to read a verse like that without giving much thought to it’s implications.

  5. Yes, the Jews believe that God was having a discussion with the angels when He said, “Let us…..”. I guess you need to have some explanation as to what the ‘us’ means. The word also appears in Psalm 8:5, where it is translated as ‘angels’, “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour”. So the verse is actually saying that we were made a little lower than God. We are made in God’s image, we are not lower than the angels.

  6. Susan Shipe says:

    Yay you for having the courage of your convictions. Glad I came over!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Who were the “us?” I believe God the Father was having a conversation with the Trinity: the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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