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Catholic Dictionary

Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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ELOHIM

the Hebrew word most frequently used for God. It appears several thousand times in the Old Testament. It was also used in a plural sense to designate heathen gods (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 18:11). When Jesus was heard to say on the Cross "Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani," he was using a modified form of Elohim (Matthew 27:46).