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[e-loh-hist, el-oh-]
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  1. a writer of one of the major sources of the Hexateuch, in which God is characteristically referred to as Elohim rather than Yahweh.
Compare Yahwist.

Origin of Elohist

1860–65; < Hebrew ĕlōah God + -ist
Related formsEl·o·his·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for elohist

Historical Examples

  • The first belongs to the Jehovist, the second to the Elohist.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • This remarkable utterance shows how potent was the survival in the mind of Paul of the old Elohist belief.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • Between the Elohist and Jahvist accounts of the creation of man, there are two differences of great importance.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • A curious statement is made here (Elohist) as to the depth of the water being fifteen cubits.

  • According to the figures of the Elohist, Noah lives on among his descendants for 350 years, and dies at the age of 950.

British Dictionary definitions for elohist


  1. Old Testament the supposed author or authors of one of the four main strands of text of the Pentateuch, identified chiefly by the use of the word Elohim for God instead of YHVH (Jehovah)
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