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HYPOTHESIS: What does Ellowaah or Eloah mean?
INTRODUCTION: The Old Testament has an interesting Hebrew word, Ellowaah or Eloah. This word means the "chief god" or "father god" and is used for pagan reference as well as reference to the Father in heaven. This study looks at the application of this Hebrew word and how it colours our picture of our heavenly Father.
METHOD: All words in OT Hebrew studied. Where possible NT equivalent to the OT Hebrew is also studies, and this is the Greek word pater, or the Hebrew word "ab". We chose to add this Hebrew word in the NT to the OT Elowaah because there is no reference of Elowaah in the NT and only one reference to Ab in the OT (Psalms 89:26) !
Strongs 433. "Father God"
The pictograph reads "The Strong Authority secure. BEHOLD !" - The Father.
In the New Testament, the Hebrew word "ab" is used to make an equivalent link with the OT Hebrew word elowaah.
Ps 89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
The pictograph reads "The strong (one in the Family)Home". "Ab"
CONCLUSION: The Hebrew word means "chief god" or "Father god" in pagan references, or "Heavenly Father" or "Father" in references to the highest strong authority in the FAMILY Powers of GOD.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: There is an interesting difference in the use of Father in the OT and in the NT. Perhaps the reference of Father is relational (Jesus Yahweh to Father Yahweh) showing the faith required as an example to us in connecting faithfully to a higher authority outside of ourselves. Jesus remained connected to another "Strong authority secure. Behold! " rather than using His own strong authority, showed us an example of humility and meekness. There is much to see in the comments about the Hebrew applications of Father in context.
DISCUSSION: See 50 or so references in the OT and over 300 references in the NT.
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