There are several reference to "other gods" in the Old Testament and reference
to Yahweh as the one true god, which does seem to imply others. What is not
clear is what the word "god" meant to the original writers and readers of the
Scriptures. Did it mean other entities or simply artifacts that sprung from
the imagination of man? A second problem is Satin, who appears in both the New
and Old Testaments. If he is a fallen angel, he would be god-like to humans.
Yet, though there is talk of worshipping him, I don't recall a reference to him
as a god.
Perhaps, some language scholars can comment.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of David Stabler
> Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 8:14 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Greetings from Spirit Tree!!)
> Not to belabor the point, but there are very few cases (none spring to
> mind, but my concordances and commentaries are at home in the office) where
> Elohim/Adonai/Yahweh claims singularity among the heavens, but instead
> seems to regularly express that other gods exist, but he is supreme among
> them, having created them with the world.
> Why would God have gone out of his way to make Rule #1, if said rule was
> impossible to carry out? "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me." Was
> He intentionally being symbolic in the use of "gods" or are there indeed
> other deities?
> It's tradition that there are no other gods, but it's not in agreement with
> the Bible, so we have a fun topic to pound on. Or at least, we can
> continue the tradition, as it's been an ongoing discussion for a few
> At 05:56 PM 12/29/98 EST, Bruce L. Jones wrote:
> >I kind of don't agree. To believe in *that* deity is to believe that it
> >is the *only* deity.
> No, I believe that deity exists, I just don't believe his claim of being
> the only deity.