From the bible I learned many names of god, such as EL, EL ELYON, YHVH. Does it imply us that god has many sons? From some sacred named such as Michael, Gabriel, I guess that the name of god is EL, but how about others? Is my guess correct that they are sons of god?

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  • Elohim is a very old word for "gods" that predates Moses by many years. The curious singular usage of it in the Bible, rather than plural, is unique to the Bible and Genesis, as far as I know. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elohim#Canaanite_religion In the other books of the Bible it is El, the singular of Elohim.
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    Aug 14, 2015 at 1:14

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The name of God, as we would think it today is YHWH (or YHVH, or Yahweh, or Jehovah, depending on how you want to translate the ancient Hebrew). The other names you are seeing are called 'names of God' in the Bible, but today we would think of them more as titles. Elohim is a particularly old one and frequently used in the Old Testament; some others are:

  • El HaNe'eman - The Faithful God
  • El HaKadosh - The Holy God
  • El Yisrael - The God Of Israel

These are not sons of God, but different things that God is called.

Michael and Gabriel are archangels, and not names of God.

Here is a helpful page on the names of God.

  • Elohim is simply the word for 'god' or 'gods'. It is technically plural, which is a discussion I'm sure has been had on Biblical Hermeneutics.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 12, 2015 at 22:03
  • Thank you. How many sons does god the father have?
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    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:13
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