Gender Masculine & Feminine
Other Forms FormsElah, Eloá (Portuguese), Éloa (French)
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Meaning & History
A variant of ELAH or a singular form of ELOHIM, typically occurring only in poetry and prose. This unusual singular form of Elohim is used in six places for heathen deities (cf. 2 Chronicles 32:15; Daniel 11:37, 38). The normal Elohim form is also used in the plural to refer to multiple entities other than God, either for gods or images (Exodus 9:1, 12:12, 20:3; and so forth) or for one god (Exodus 32:1; Genesis 31:30, 32; and elsewhere). In the great majority of cases both are used as names of the One God of Israel.