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Yahweh the Greatest of the Elohim

We have previously noted that the word Elohim can be used in a singular (god) or plural (gods) sense and it is the grammar and context which determines which aspect of the noun is being indicated.

There is none like Yahweh our Elohim (Exodus 8:10, LT).

In this verse Yahweh is identified as Elohim (in a singular sense-god), and this fits with the theological view of Judaism and Christianity, which teaches that there is only one Elohim (god) and his name is Yahweh. However, there are verses which contradict this theological view.

Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all the other Elohim. (Exodus 18:11, LT)

This verse very clearly states that there are many Elohim (gods), and of all these Elohim (gods), Yahweh is the greatest Elohim (god). This is not the only verse recognizing a plurality of Elohim (gods).

Yahweh, who is like you among the gods? (Exodus 15:11, LT)

Yahweh your god is god of the gods. (Deuteronomy 10:17, LT)

I am Yahweh your god, do not fear the gods of the Amorites. (Judges 6:10, LT)

Yahweh is the mighty one of the gods. (Psalm 50:1, LT)

Among the gods there is none like you. (Psalms 86:8, LT)

For Yahweh is the great god, and king over all the gods. (Psalm 95:3, LT)

For Yahweh is great... he is to be feared above all the gods. (Psalm 96:4, LT)

For you Yahweh are high above all the earth, you are exalted far above all the gods. (Psalm 97:9, LT)

I give you thanks Yahweh, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. (Psalm 138:1, LT)

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