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Was Elohim always the way to say "God" in Hebrew? I'm asking because the "im" is the masculine plural so it can be read as "gods" as well. I know according to the context, if the one speaking is talking about God or gods. What was the ancient Hebrew word for God? Was it El? Thank you!

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    That's a big question. It has to do with history at least as much as linguistics.

    "El" = a god. plural: Elim.

    Elohim might be an ancient form of Elim, a remnant of polytheistic eras (biblical critics claim so).
    The common interpretation among believers is that the plural form indicates the omnipresence of a single entity.

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