Friday, September 12, 2008

Pat Robertson and Allah

Pat Robertson wrote on his website:

"Under no circumstances is Jehovah, the God of the Bible, and Allah, of the Koran, the same. First of all, the God of the Bible is a God of love and redemption, who sent His Son into the world to die for our sins. Allah tells people to die for him in order to get salvation, but there is no understanding of salvation. Allah was the moon god from Mecca. That is why Islam has the crescent moon. The flag of Turkey has a crescent moon with a star in it. Well, the crescent moon is because Allah was the moon god, and that is the deal. But we don't serve a moon god. We serve the God of creation, the Creator of everything.

They are not the same. To translate Allah as God is wrong. When you see something in there and it says Allah, you translate it Allah. Don't call it God because it is different. God is Elohim. He is the Creator, the Jehovah God, Yahweh. Yahweh of the Old Testament was the Father who brought forth Jesus into the world."

Ok, so Pat Robertson says: "God is Elohim and not Allah."

Let's analyze this:
Strong's Concordance defines the term Elohiym (H430) as such:

The Gesenius's Lexicon transliterates as follows: ELOH, ELOHIYM see ELWH (related entry)
ELWH (with prefix and suffix LALH Dan. 11:38; LALHW Hab 1:11). m. God (Arab. Allah. Alah, with article.

As we see here in the Strong's concordance; Elohiym is defined in the Gesenius's Lexicon commentary as being the same word as "Allah" in singular form of Elowahh

So, you see that Pat Robertson is just spouting understudied, bias rhetoric that goes completely against Semitic terminology. In truth Elohiym is same as saying Allah (Alah) which is plural for Elahh which is the same word as "ALLAH".
Additional information about Elohiym:
  • A plural form of Eloh (the true god) spelled ALEPH LAMED HEH YUD MEM
  • Can be associated with Arabic word "Allahumma" ("Allahom") spelled ALIF LAAM LAAM HA MEEM اللهمّ of which by definition is the plural form of Allah.

Finally, if we look further into the Strong's concordance definitive of H430 [Elohiym] composed by Hebraic Professor extraordinaire - Wilhelm Gesenius aka the "Father of Modern Hebrew", in particular; part 6, we will see the 'article' defined as a direct link to the Arabic - Islamic expression: "No God But Allah" (La IlaHa Ila Allah) and Torah verse Deu 4:35 "Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he [is] God; [there is] none else beside him."

Part 6 of Gesenius lexicon definitive for Strong's H430 [Elohim]

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