Gods, Goddesses. Pagan male and female deities. Although the Bible teaches that there is only one God (Is 45:18, 21, 22; Mk 12:32), heathen people in ancient times quickly developed a belief in large numbers of so-called gods (Jer 10:11) and goddesses. Eventually each nation created and worshiped its
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gods [Heb. ʾĕlōhîm; Gk. theoí]. Beings of superhuman qualities and powers conceived as dominating nature or some part of nature, whom, through proper worship, people can appease, or from whom help can be obtained.
GODS AND GODDESSES Male and female deities worshiped by pagans. Although the Bible teaches that there is only one God (Is 45:18, 21–22; Mk 12:32), heathen people in ancient times quickly developed a belief in large numbers of so-called gods (Jer 10:11) and goddesses. Eventually each nation created and
GODS, FALSEIntroductionThe most common Heb. words for “gods” are ’ēlɩ̂m, and ’ĕlōhɩ̂m, denoting men of mighty and rank, angels, gods, and (’ĕlōhɩ̂m only) the Supreme Being. Whether or not both words are traceable to a single root is debatable. The former is probably from the root ’wl, “to be in
olden godsI. As a distinct category of deities, ‘olden gods’ manifest themselves in a variety of ways in the literature of ancient Near Eastern cultures. Their histories are recounted in theogonies where they take centre stage, and in cosmogonies, where younger gods fight against them in battles over
GODS (Heb. ˒ĕlōhı̂m). This term for deity is used in a threefold connotation in the OT: (1) In a singular sense of the one true God in a plural of majesty or excellence. It is construed with a singular verb or adjective (Gen. 1:1; 2 Kings 19:4, 16; Pss. 7:10; 57:3; 78:56) but with a plural verb only
GODS, FALSE. Under the heading of idolatry (which see) will be discussed the general subject of the evil that proved to be so attractive and fatal to the Israelites, namely, the worship of false gods. In this article we only present the gods named in Scripture, whether worshiped by Israel or other nations.
GODS, PAGAN — the false gods and idols worshiped by people during Bible times—especially the false gods of Egypt, Mesopotamia (Assyria and Babylon), Canaan, Greece, and Rome.Religion has always played an important part in civilization; in the ancient world it was a powerful force. The pagan civilizations
Gods, GoddessesThe Lord, who brought Israel out of Egypt with a strong arm and who cared for her like a compassionate mother, faced competitors for his affection. The prevalence of gods in the world of the Bible is suggested in God’s words to Jeremiah that apostate Israel has “as many gods as you have
GODS([אֶלֹהִים], ’elohim]; [θεοί, theoi]):The Hebrew plural ’elohim is generally known as the plural of “majesty” and is the ordinary name for God. The meaning of the plural seems to be “plenitude of powers.” It denotes the fullness of those attributes of power which belonged to the Divine Being.
GODS.—The single passage in the Gospels where the word θεοί occurs (Jn 10:34f.) affords an excellent example both of the style of Jesus’ arguments with His Jewish adversaries and of His attitude to the OT. The phrase, ‘I said, Ye are gods,’ is a literal quotation of Ps 82 (LXX 81):6, and is introduced