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El
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A West Semitic word meaning “god.” In the Old Testament, it is frequently used to refer to the God of Israel (e.g., Gen 31:29; 33:20; Num 12:13) or to other gods (Exod 15:11; 34:14; Deut 32:21; Psa 44:20). In ancient texts from Ugarit, it was the name for the Canaanite creator god, father of gods and humans, and head of the Canaanite pantheon.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
El, Deity
El, Deity (אֵל‎, el). A West Semitic word meaning “god.” In the Old Testament, it is frequently used to refer to the God of Israel (e.g., Gen 31:29; 33:20; Num 12:13) or to other gods (Exod 15:11; 34:14; Deut 32:21; Psa 44:20). In ancient texts from Ugarit, it was the name for the Canaanite creator god,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
El
El. Ancient Semitic name for deity, perhaps meaning “power” (cf. Gn 17:1); used by the Hebrews generally in a poetic sense to denote the true God of Israel. The same word was used for the senior Canaanite god and the god in Ugaritic mythology. The “Il” or “El” of ancient Canaanite mythology (before 3500
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
El
EL* Ancient Semitic name for deity, perhaps meaning “power” (cf. Gn 17:1); used by the Hebrews generally in a poetic sense to denote the true God of Israel. The same word was used for the senior Canaanite god and the god in Ugaritic mythology. The “Il” or “El” of ancient Canaanite mythology (before 3500
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
El
El, a generic word for “god” in the ancient Semitic languages. The word could be used as either a proper or common noun. As a proper noun, El normally refers to a specific Canaanite god, regarded as the ruler among the gods, but the Bible also speaks of El as “the God of Israel” (Gen. 33:20). In this
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
El
EL. The generic name for Deity shared by Hebrews (’el) and Canaanites, appearing in the cognate form ilu in Akkadian. allah in Arabic. It is seldom found in the OT except in poetical passages. When it does occur in prose narratives, it is usually in titles, such as El Roi (Gen 16:13, ASV marg.), El Shaddai
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
El
El (Heb. ʾēl)In many West Semitic languages the name of El is the same as the word for “god,” perhaps evidence that El was the pre-eminent god of older West Semitic pantheons (or possibly divinity incarnate). Although the etymology is uncertain, the word may derive from *ʾwl, “to be in front” or “to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
El
El [ĕl] (Heb. ˒ēl; Akk. ilu; Ugar. ˒il).† The common Semitic designation for a god or deity, used both as a generic term and as a proper name, particularly for the supreme high god. In Biblical Hebrew (translated “God” in most English versions) it is one of the most frequent names for the God
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
El
EL אלI. The name El, ʾēl, il(u), is, with the exception of Ethiopic, common Semitic and originally means →God. Etymologically the origin of the appellative cannot be determined with certainty. Most likely, the noun can be derived from the verb ʾwl (the root ʾlh has also been suggested) ‘to be strong’
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
El
EL (el). This is a name by which God is called in the OT—El, the God Elohim of Israel (Gen. 33:20). In prose it occurs more frequently with the modifier—El Elyon (“God, Most High,” 14:18), El Shaddai (“God Almighty,” 17:1), El Hai (“the living God,” Josh. 3:10), commonly the plural of majesty Elohim.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
El
ElEl, a word for ‘God’ in the ancient Semitic languages. The word could be used as either a proper noun or a common noun. As a proper noun, El refers to a god in the pantheons of the Canaanite world. In the Bible the word occurs often in personal names (e.g., Eliab, Elijah). Elohim (Heb.) and not El
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
El
EL (Ĕl) One of several words for God found in biblical Hebrew and the name of the high god among the Canaanites. The word is common to Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic, yet the origin and root from which the word was derived is obscure. “El” is a general term that expresses majesty or power. It occurs 238
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