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“God” is not a word in Hebrew or Greek. It is a catch-all for for all the various descriptions given to the One and only Deity we worship.
El is the singular word for God or god. Eloha is the emphatic use of El. Elohim is the plural meaning of EL where God or gods are plural.
In this topic we are examining the words used for God or god being El, Eloha, and Elohim, ALL of which come from the root word “AYIL”. EL is the shortened form of H352 Ayil.
The root word for “El, Eloha, and Elohim” is “AYIL”:
The meanings of AYIL all are traced to the person of Jesus.
‘ayil H352 Anything that is strong.
The definition matches descriptions of Jesus in symbolism:
01) ram (in the thicket Genesis 22:13),
02) ram as food (eat his flesh John 6:56),
03) ram as sacrifice (the Passover male lamb John 1:29),
04) ram skin dyed red (for the tabernacle Exodus 39:34),
05) pillar (of cloud & fire Exodus 13:22),
06) door post, door jamb (painted red Exodus 12:7),
07) pilaster, support, monument, standard (Isaiah 49:22)
08) strong man (Psalm 80:17, Isaiah 53:12),
09) leader, chief (the chief cornerstone 1 Peter 2:6),
10) mighty tree (symbolic of a man), the terebinth tree (Holy Seed Isaiah 6:13).
The letters “E” and “L” are pictographs each with their own Hebraic meanings:
The ancient letter “E” and “A” were interchangeable: Ba-al, a false god, using the spelling for the authentic God “EL”
The ancient A was drawn as an ox-head. The ox is a burden bearer.
The ancient L was drawn as a shepherd’s staff or yoke.
Together, they make the statement that God yokes Himself to man to carry his burdens. (Side Note: the word burden is an oracle/prophecy)
The modern letters look nothing like these ancient letter and have evolved over history. However; returning to the ancient words describe who God is to ancient and modern people. Furthermore; English reads left to right, but Hebrew reads right to left. Therefore the yoke would be written before the ox head.
Today, the word is written below in modern English (left to right):
Consider this reference verse:
- Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
- Was Jesus referring to His name “El” – God?
“El” is the Hebrew word for “God” or “god” in the following verses: Click here for Pop Up: Verses using “El” The root of “El” AYIL.
A singular form of “God”.
- Job 40:1-2 Moreover the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) answered Job, and said: 2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty (šaday Shaddai, the Almighty of God) correct Him? He who rebukes ‘ĕlôha (God), let him answer it.”
Eloha is the emphatic (emphasizes the) form of EL. Both names Yᵊhōvâ and ĕlôha are used in Job 40:1-1 as well as šaday Shaddai for the translation “Almighty”.
“Eloha” is the Hebrew word for “God” or “god” in the following verses. Click here for Pop Up: Verses using “Eloha”. The root of “Eloha” AYIL.
The first mention of God is “Elohim” in Genesis 1:1
It is a plural noun used with a singular verb. It is like saying “gods (plural) is (a singular one)”
Elohim is Strong’s H430 and is the plural form of Eloha
Below: Elohim from Eloha, and Eloha from El. The root is AYIL.
“Elohim” is the Hebrew word for “God” or “god” in the following verses:
See Pop Up verses using Elohim. The root of Elhim is AYIL.