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"God" in Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew for God is אלהים (El-o-him). While this word is in the plural, it is not regarded as a "true" plural (cf. Gen.1:2,26), but a "plural of majesty," which is understood to point to the Triune nature of God.

The title of Elohim is often coupled with the personal Divine Name of God,Yahwheh.

Elohim occurs over 270 times in the Old Testament text.

Noteworthy Usage In Old Testament
Some interesting usages of this word and its derivatives:
  • First Occurrence: Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
  • The word Elohim is used of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
  • Elohim is often joined with Yahweh. The first occurrence of this is in Genesis 2:4 "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens..."
  • God is a God who is near His creation. Jeremiah 23:23 "Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?"
  • Last Occurrence:  Malachi 3:18 "Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him."

Mnemonics to Remember "Brother" in Hebrew
Find a "sound-alike" for the word אלהימ(El-o-him). For myself, an English "sound-alike" is "L Hymn"  So in my imagination I see an "L" singing a hymn to God.  Find your own unique "sound-alike" for this word and then associate the English "sound-alike" to the Hebrew definition.

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