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Is there a majestic plural in ancient Hebrew? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1 God (Elohim) says "Let Us make man in Our image" Now Elohim (plural) is used throughout the Bible with verbs in the singular, so it can be seen as just a title of God roughly ...
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In Creation account especially Genesis 1:1-3 and 1:26, why "elohim" and "us' and "our" are plural? [duplicate]

My question is different from question why "elohim" is translated as singular "God" and not plural "Gods", because I like present a talking about about it is not "Elohim" is the subject, but "Elohim" ...
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Does the affirmation "Lord is God" in Deut. 4:35 refer to God in the plural or singular sense? [duplicate]

The OT often states; Lord (Jehovah) God (Elohim) in sequence. Deut. 4:35; LORD (Jehovah) he is God (Elohim). Deut. 4:39; that the LORD (Jehovah) he is God (Elohim). 2 Sam. 7:22; LORD (Jehovah) God (...
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Is there bible translation that is more literal than Young Literal Translation [closed]

That's it. The translation should not favor any theology and should allow readers to read texts the way it really is For example Elohim -> gods Yea, I know that Elohim are often followed by ...
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In Genesis 20:13, why is elohim with a plural verb translated God rather than gods?

Genesis 20:13 (ESV) And when God caused me to wander… (WLC): ויהי כאשר התעו אתי אלהים Another question asked about the translation of אלהים (‘elohim) using the singular God. The answers indicated ...
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Is God male and female?

Reading Genesis I'm a little bit confused about these verses: Genesis 1:26 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 ...
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Who is the "us" in Genesis 11:7?

Who is the plural referring to in Genesis 11:7 if it's GOD himself (or Yahweh) who has confused the language of people to stop the building of the Babel Tower? Verse from the NIV Bible: "Come, ...
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Is "revile the gods" (KJV) an accurate translation in Exo. 22:28?

In Exo. 22:28(1) (KJV), it is written, Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people. Is "gods" the correct translation of the Hebrew? The Hebrew word is אֱלֹהִים (’ĕ·lō·hîm), ...
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Isn’t Elohim in Bible plural in all cases

Elohim is recognized as being in plural form when talking about false gods… However when talking about the Hebrew God, I have read that Elohim is thought to be referring to God in singular form. Is ...
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In Genesis 6:4, how should the Hebrew phrase בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים be translated? [duplicate]

Elohim is a very confusing word in Hebrew for me. Sometimes it means "God", sometimes it means "gods". Then it can also mean "angel", even though Hebrew has another word for angels, namely mal’ak. ...
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You all are gods vs. You all are God?

Plural Usage In the answer of Why is elohim translated as God rather than gods? the plural usage occurs because of the verb or adjective. Psalm 82:6 WLC אֲ‍ֽנִי־אָ֭מַרְתִּי אֱלֹהִ֣ים אַתֶּ֑ם וּבְנֵ֖י ...
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What does Patterns of Elohim followed by Singular Words like in Genesis 1:1 really mean?

There are claims that ancient Torah isn't a monotheistic text. I looked at Genesis 1:1. We have this famous pattern of elohim (plural of eloah) followed by singular verb. This is related to Why is ...
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In John 17:26 what does Jesus mean by "and that I myself might be in them"?

[John 17:26 NIV] (26) I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." What does "I myself" ...
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Isn't the verb make singular, making Elohim also singular?

Why do people say the us and our make Elohim plural when the verb in Genesis 1:26 is singular? From what's I understand the verb sets the meaning as singular or plural for a given noun in Hebrew, so ...
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Why is the name for God אֱלּוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? [closed]

If Old Testament Judaism was a monotheistic religion, and Yahweh wanted to distinguish the Hebrews from their neighboring countries' polytheistic religions, why is His name אֱלוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? ...
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