from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The putative author of the earliest sources of the Pentateuch in which God is called Elohim.

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  • proper n. One of four sources of the Torah described by the documentary hypothesis, characterized by an abstract view of God.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The writer, or one of the writers, of the passages of the Old Testament, notably those of the Pentateuch, which are characterized by the use of Elohim instead of Jehovah, as the name of the Supreme Being; -- distinguished from Jehovist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title given to the supposed writer (a unity of authorship being assumed) of the Elohistic passages of the Pentateuch, in contradistinction to Jehovist.


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  • From what we can observe, neither the Jahvist nor the Elohist was a personal author.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The Elohist was the older, and his narrative was the ground-work which the Jehovist used and upon which he constructed his own additions. [

    History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology

  • The Elohist Creation of Genesis 1, in contrast to the Yahwist Creation of Genesis 2, carries over much of that elder cosmogony into the mythos of the monotheist God-King.


  • Hey MA i think I hear Tim Mcveigh, a theocratic Elohist christian terrorist calling you from beyond!

    Think Progress » “A black Rush Limbaugh.”

  • To me, the book of Genesis is a compound literary document, written by multiple authors one is called by scholars E, or the Elohist and grafted together by priestly redactors.

    O Father, Where art Thou? Part 2 of 3 | Mind on Fire

  • Scholars gave the name “J” to the Yahwist source spelled Jahvist in German and “E” to the Elohist source.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • Jehovist and Elohist of the Hexateuch; but considering the fact that the older notices in i. -ii. 5, on account of the prominence of Judah and for other reasons, are usually assigned to J, and that some of the characteristics of these two documents recur in the course of the book, the hypothesis that J and E are continued at least into

    Introduction to the Old Testament

  • These considerations suggest that at any rate as far as 2 Samuel viii. -- for it is universally admitted that 2 Samuel ix. -xx. is homogeneous -- there are at least two sources, which some would identify, though upon grounds that are not altogether convincing, with the Jehovist and Elohist documents in the Hexateuch.

    Introduction to the Old Testament

  • Elohist [1] and known to criticism as E, in much the same spirit, and with an emphasis upon much the same details, as by J.

    Introduction to the Old Testament

  • The critics do not believe the Elohist, so called, capable of making any such point, so they ascribe at least 6a to P.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1


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