Elohim literally means "Gods" (yes, plural) in Hebrew. It is used by the Elohist Source of the Bible to refer to God. Predating the monotheistic variety of Judaism, the Elohist text is believed by some to have originated at around c. 850 BCE. In later adaptations its polytheistic elements were largely removed, leaving only atavistic remnants such as Genesis 3:22 and its plural form as indicators of its polytheistic significance. The name Elohim itself is only used in the early parts of the Elohist text, changing to YHWH after the Burning Bush incident.

Elohim, singular Elohah is also the name of extra-terrestrials who created us according to the atheistic, 'religion' of Raëlism.

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