Dr. Michael Heiser, M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages, and M.A. in Ancient History (major fields: Ancient Israel and Egyptology), nails it. Visit Michael S Heiser.com I can’t vouch for his every conclusion, but his comparison of ancient semitic languages and topics is definitely worth your dime. Here is a sample:
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You might also visit Creation Ministries International (CMI), which employs more scientists than any other Christian organization.
So who created us? If (as I believe) it was Elohim, is that a plural word or does it refer to the creator-god of the Christians? Here is what Dr. Heiser says:
The Hebrew word elohim is morphologically plural (that is, it’s “shaped” as a plural, or “spelled” as a plural). However, in roughly 2,200 cases (by far over 90% of the biblical occurrences), the word elohim is used as a proper name for the ONE God of Israel. We know this because it’s a cold, hard fact from the text. In those 2,200 or so cases, elohim is the subject of a SINGULAR verb (all languages have subject-verb agreement) or is referred to by a SINGULAR pronoun (him, his). Don’t take my word for it; you can see the data for yourself here. (http://www.michaelsheiser.com/FAQ.html)
But doesn’t Gen 1:26 (“Let us create humankind in our image…”) show we were made by aliens like von Daniken and Sitchin insist?
Draft chapters 3 and 4 (which deal with “elohim”) of Dr. Heiser’s new book:
For Christianity, the 4th century A.D. is pretty ancient. That is where we run up on the “merging” of Church and State by the emperor Constantine. You will find a discussion of this in The Myth of Caesaropapism.
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