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June 2, 2017
Does the term ‘Elohim’ prove that God is a Trinity?

EDITOR: One definition for the term ‘Elohim’ is “a term used for God frequently in the Hebrew bible.”

Elohim is considered plural. Hence, some believers in the Trinity (three persons making up one God) love to use that term to prove the Trinity, saying that since it is plural, it must refer to God existing in three persons… three being plural. But we rightly ask: What is Elohim the plural for? Is it the plural for PERSON, or the plural for GOD? Elohim is the plural for GOD, NOT the plural for the term, PERSON. So, to use Elohim to prove the Trinity, is actually saying that there are three GODS and not three persons, since Elohim is the plural for the term, GOD. Therefore, it is really misleading to use Elohim to support the Trinity doctrine.

Trinity supporters should use a Hebrew or Greek term that means PERSONS (plural) to try to prove that doctrine, since they say it is three PERSONS that make up one God. To illustrate, if I wish to refer to the plural of the word, mango, I will use the term, mangoes. I will not use, oranges as the plural of mango. Similarly, I cannot use Elohim, which means GODS, and then use that same term to mean PERSONS. There is NO Hebrew or Greek term for “persons” used in the Scriptures that refers to the identity of God. Elohim, being plural, of course, does not mean three Gods. God is ONE. Mark 12:29; John 17:3; Deuteronomy 6:4. Rather, reputable Bible scholars, such as Aaron Ember, F Zorell and others recognize that Elohim is an intensive plural that refers to God being majestic, excellent, and great in His limitless strength. (See New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition, Bible Dictionary, page 330; also, New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967, Vol. V, page 287.) The foregoing is simply provided to inform persons of the truth regarding the Hebrew term, Elohim. John 8:32.

This is NOT for the purpose of starting a string of arguments by any responder. Therefore, this will be my ONE and ONLY article on this topic of Elohim.

I respect others’ rights to believe in a Trinity if they so desire. I do believe in the Most High God and in His first created Son too. Psalm 83:18; Luke 1:31, 32; Revelation 3:14.

Brianna Patterson