What is the difference in meaning between Elohim and Elohe?

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    To avoid ambiguity, you should maybe include the Hebrew spelling of these words. I think I know what you mean by "elohe", but...
    – MichoelR
    Dec 9, 2022 at 14:11
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    Do you mean the difference between אלהים (Elohim) and אלוה (Eloha)? Or for the latter do you mean אלהי (Elohei)?
    – ezra
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:23

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The former is "God", the latter is "God of", such as "God of Abraham" (Elohe Avraham)

The latter is from the grammatical construct called סמיכות which is a way of connecting noun-noun pairs. In english, we use "of", but in hebrew there are quite a few ways of doing this. של is usually used in place of "of" in hebrew, but in this case, we modify the first word, with the suffix "ey" (which is what we do for plural words, which God's name is in Torah), so it becomes Elohei Avraham.

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    assuming the intent is "elo-hei" and not just "elohe"
    – rosends
    Dec 9, 2022 at 14:09
  • Good answer. Maybe add a little more explanation of the idea of סמיכות in Hebrew, and a couple more examples?
    – MichoelR
    Dec 9, 2022 at 14:10
  • @rosends what is "just elohe"
    – Double AA
    Dec 9, 2022 at 14:24
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    I don't know. That's why I assumed that Rabbi Kalli, in his answer read it as elo-hei.
    – rosends
    Dec 9, 2022 at 15:50
  • In Betset Yisrael, don't we say "Eloah Yaakov"? Alternate spelling? Dec 9, 2022 at 16:19

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