Al • Alay • Alu
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
ELYON עליוןI. Derived from the Hebrew verb ʿālâ, meaning ‘to ascend’, ʿelyôn in the OT may be used either as an adjective, describing something that is spatially higher than something else (‘upper’, ‘highest’), or as a substantive, used primarily in reference to the ‘most high’ deity. In Ps 89:27,
ALI. Heb Ali or Eli (< ʿly) and Alu or Elu (< ʿlw) have been identified as the shorter and more ancient forms of the term →Elyon (ʿlywn), ‘Most High’, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Elyon is a well documented divine name or epithet in biblical traditions and poetic passages like 2 Sam 22:14 (= Ps 18:14)
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Elyon [el-yōn]: an ancient name of the Canaanite god El, eventually applied to God (Gen. 14:18)
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ELYON el-yohn´ [עֶלְיוֹןʿelyon]. ʿElyon, “MOST HIGH,” appears in the OT most frequently of God as the supreme deity. As such, it is often juxtaposed with El (Gen 14:14–18; Num 24:16; Ps 57:2 [Heb. 57:3]; 73:11; 107:11), who was the chief god of the divine council in Canaanite mythology. See GOD, NAMES
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