Abarim Publications' online Biblical Hebrew Dictionary
In names, the segment אל ('el), usually refers to אלהים ('elohim), that is Elohim, or God, also known as אלה ('eloah). In English, the words 'God' and 'god' are strictly reserved to refer to the deity but in Hebrew the words אל ('l) and אלה ('lh) are far more common. Consider the following:
- אל ('al), which is the Hebrew transliteration of the Arabic article that survives in English in words like alcohol and algebra. There are some words in the Hebrew Bible that are transliterations of Arabic words, which contain this article.
- אל ('al), particle of negation; not, no, neither.
- אל ('el) preposition that expresses motion towards someone or something; unto, into, besides, in reference to.
- אל ('el), which is a truncated form of אלה ('eleh), meaning these (see below).
- אלה ('eleh), meaning these. Follow the link to read our article on this and the next three words
- אלה ('ala), to swear; derivative אלה ('ala) means oath.
- אלה ('ala), to wail.
- אלה ('alla), oak, from the assumed and unused root אלל ('ll). Follow the link to read more on these and the next words
- אלה ('ela), terebinth, from the root אול ('wl).