The Mighty One

The Bible was not written in English – in fact, English didn’t even exist when it was written!  The first parts of the Bible were written in Hebrew, the language of the Hebrew people.  The English Bibles today are translations of ancient copies, including ones written in Hebrew.

The first sentence of the Bible uses a very important word that has been misunderstood and mistranslated for a very long time.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1

The words translated as “God” throughout the Hebrew (Old Testament) scriptures come from the word El.  El means “strong, mighty, a mighty one, a hero.”  It is used do describe the father YHWH as well as foreign deities.

The difficulty with translating El (along with Elohim and Eloah) to the English word “God” (capital “G”) is that they do not mean the same thing!

Definition of GOD (Merriam-Webster)

capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: asa : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.

YHWH is the Mighty One!  He is our hero!  While the word “God” may describe things thatwe believe about him, it is not the word He chose to describe himself.  He chose “El,” the Mighty One!