Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 12 – Elohim

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. So how much do we know about His Name?

This twelfth post is about the next Old Testament name of God:

#12 – Elohim

God, Judge, Creator

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Elohim occurs over 2000 times. Elohim is first used in Genesis 1:1:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as “God.” The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from ‘êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, ‘wl (which means “strong”). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: ‘lh (which means “god”) in conjunction with ‘elôah (which means “fear”). And still others presume that both ‘êl and Elohim come from ‘eloah.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy Name (Elohim)


The descriptive covenant names of God in this series:

  1. El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  2. El Elyon (The Most High God)
  3. Adonai (Lord, Master)
  4. Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  5. Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  6. Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  7. Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  8. Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  9. Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  10. Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  11. El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  12. Elohim (God)
  13. Qanna (Jealous)
  14. Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  15. Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  16. Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Taken from the Blue Letter Bible:  https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

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6 responses to “Hallowed Be Thy Name: Part 12 – Elohim

  1. Interesting that after I wrote out a nice long, descriptive reason as to why this is not our Father’s “name” I find it was not posted. Afraid of the truth?

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    • jacobdrake, your statement here sounds a little bit “trollish.” You made comments challenging the use of YHWH, Yahweh and Jehovah, and as far as I know, your comments were allowed. And making yourself an arbiter of truth might be a bit much. You are entitled to your opinions and conclusions. But given the scholarship of the people whose materials I was using, I am more inclined to trust their opinions than yours.

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    • jacob,

      If your prior “nice long, descriptive reasons…was not posted,” it could only be because someone dumped that comment into Spam, which means this comment of yours would also have been dumped — except it wasn’t. So I call your bluff.

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      • Oh, and I second TrailDust’s retort — the part about you making yourself an arbiter of truth. But since I’m not as nice as TrailDust, I’d go farther: You making yourself an arbiter of truth is downright grandiose, not just “a bit much”. I suggest you look up Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

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  2. Once again, El is Hebrew for mighty, while the suffix im denotes plurality, hence mighty ones. As in YHWH and his moshiach, Yahshuah.

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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