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According to the OED, in which century will you find the first use in English of the word Elohim - one of the Hebrew names of God: the 11th or the 17th?




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Answer: the 17th

The first written citation of the word Elohim in English is in 1605 from Timme Quersit. i. ii. 7: "That Elohym ... Who moved upon the waters." This is around the time that the King Jame Bible was being created by translating directly from Hebrew.


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