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Elohim is the Hebrew plural word meaning "goddesses and gods," but each time it appears in the Bible it is translated as "God." In the original manuscripts of the book of Genesis, Yahweh was one of the elohim (see The Devil). At times the word had taken on a singular meaning; for example, the Phoenician bull-god was simply called El "the god."

Medieval magicians took Elohim to be one of the magical sacred names of God; and other times it was thought to be the name of a devil. A.G.H.

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