Who were the Elohim?
Earlier versions of the bible speak of a celestial race that created humans in image of their likeness. Who were they? Where were they from? Why did they create us? Where did they go? Why was our species banned from their garden?
The best contemporary book i know on this is the esoteric channeled text, "The Seven Mighty Elohim Speak on the Seven Steps of Precipitation." In this book, these beings tell us they are Angels of God who created the solar system and the Earth that we might dwell here, so that we could learn what they know about being Creators under God and eventually grow to be like them.
It would be a good idea to disregard SidKemp's advice. The Hebrew word "Elohim" is used in the book of Genesis to refer to one God in three distinct Persons. There is only ONE GOD and He created the universe and everything in it. God is eternal and has no beginning or end. It is not likely that we will fully understand the concept of one God in three Persons in this life, yet believers in the Bible take it at face value based on faith.
In answer to your last question, Adam and Eve (the first humans) were banned from the Garden of Eden because they disobeyed the command of God (Elohim).
So you are saying that the god named God has three different personalities? I was under the understanding that Elohim is plural and refers to a race preceding Man, known as the Els.
The word "Elohim" IS plural, referring to the three distinct Persons of God. However God is not three separate gods, but one God. Andrew, like I said, I don't believe we can fully understand this concept. It must be accepted by faith.
I agree with Caleb regarding the word Elohim and the one God. But you asked about the plural - who were the "elohim" and not from the current bible. "Who is the One God" that is one question. If you ask "who were the Angels" different question.
CalebSparks Elohim is a dual plural, such as eyes. The suffix yim makes it a Duel Plural. There are certain things that are always written in dual plural. i.e. God, sky, and face. It' does not mean 3 in 1
When used with singular verbs and adjectives elohim is usually singular, "god" or especially, the God. When used with plural verbs and adjectives elohim is usually plural, "gods" or "powers"
The name Elohim is unique to Hebraic thinking: it occurs only in Hebrew and in no other ancient Semitic language. The masculine plural ending does not mean “gods” when referring to the true God of Israel, since the name is mainly used with singular verb forms and with adjectives and pronouns in the singular
In the second creation story (Genesis 2:4b-ff) the Name of God is revealed as the Sacred Name YHVH (from the semitic root that means “to be”) and expresses the idea of God’s closeness to humans. YHVH “breathed into his (Adam’s) nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7).
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