@Ass Napkin Ed Are the Hebrew words "EL" and "ELOHIM" pagan and do they really mean false gods of the other nations such as the Canaanite idol Elohim ? Were these originally pagan deities ? Is Yahuwah a false idol like the other nations gods biased on this assocation ? Let's get to the root, back to the oldest form of Hebrew in the photo-Hebrew to build some understanding. This is not a debate, so please read this entire post to glean understanding, it has to be built. EL and Elohim actually reverence the Most High of Ysrael. And the original text (scriptures) have EL and ELOHIM used and we see today GOD in it's place (Both LORD and God are pagan, and has been inserted into the translations we read from today. This is another lesson for another time). Proto-Hebrew is older that Paleo Hebrew. Keep in mind. // Moving on, We get the word EL from the Proto-Hebrew letter AL or it's root letter ALPH. In a Hebrew Lexicon of the bible by Jeff Al Benner (p.20) the definition of the letter ALPH is: The letter AL or ALPH represents a chief or leader. In Hebrew the word ALPH (pronounced ALEF) has been translated to mean chief or governor, ox and Duke in English... Here is a picture of the letter character in Hebrew Back to Jeff A. Benner's definition of the AL/ALPH character letter: The Greek language derived there root from the Hebrew ALPH, and like wise the Greek ALPHAbet is related to the Hebrew Alphabet. It's no surprise then that the Greek came from the Hebrew language. Back to the definition: The name of the letter ALPH is actually AL or EL in English. ELohim is spelled with the ALPH and with the Hebrew letter LAM or LAMED to represent this strong authority. When used combined you get ELOHIM. To say that the word EL or ELOHIM is pagan, that it represents a bull god of the other nations is not correct in dealing with the MOST HIGH as we will see. Let's learn about LAM or LAMED before we tie all this together and build understanding. The Lam is a shepherds staff and represents authority as well as a yoke. So we have an ALPH that represents an ox head, and the Lam which is now called a "Lamed", and is represented by a shepherds staff A pic of the Hebrew pictograph letter LAM or LAMED Very interesting. Jeff A. Benner, Chief or father, which in truth can be and is THE MOST HIGH YAHUWAH. He is the ALPH or oxen, our strong authority. LAM and AL combined: YAHUWAH commanded Moses to tell ALL the people fresh out of Egypt to pick whom they want to worship and obey, the dumb idol or the true living Elohim. He drew a line in the sand and people went to either side representing who they wanted to serve. The golden calf they made or YAHUWAH. Those that chose the calf were swallowed in the earth. Baal or that young calf they made was an Egyptian Elohim/deity. Israelite still were not coming out of their pagan ways. This is where Ysrael went off and where the mistake was made by them. They gave the glory to the idol, making images to a beast and not the Most High. Romans 1:21-23 (talking about this event) 21 Because that, when they knew Elohim, they glorified him not as Elohim, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible Elohim into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. People still today worship the creation. It's in the form of evolution theory and belief. Not only Ysrael, but Gentiles did this too and still do by and large. We are command not to make any images to give glory to the creation. Ysrael at the mount in the wilderness knew Yah was the EL, the strong shepherd. The ALPH combined with the Lamed. Some of Ysrael changed the glory unto the image of Baal... Let's get the definition of LAM or LAMED: We can clearly see that EL means a strong shepherd. We can back this up with scriptures, fore they tell us YAHUWAH is a strong shepherd. Exodus 15:2 YAHUWAH is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my Elohim, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's Elohim, and I will exalt him. Psalms 18:1 I will love thee, O YAHUWAH, my strength. Psalms 23:1 YAHUWAH is my shepherd; I shall not want. Represented by letter AL/Lamed or Lam/AL, he is our strong shepherd.