Alma Allred & Bruce R McConkie: Elohim & Jehovah Aren’t Such Rigid Titles

Alma Allred:


“Linguistically, and biblically, neither from the Hebrew, nor the Greek can you separate Elohim from Jehovah. Our current use of the terms is primarily for convenience and is something “we” that is, the leaders of this dispensation have done—we have designated Elohim, as the Father and Jehovah as the Son, but in the New Testament, and Book of Mormon, Jehovah is referred to as the Father. It’s just too easy to get wrapped around the axel by rigidly interpreting the terms Elohim and Jehovah as if they always refer to the Father and the Son as personal names.”


Bruce R McConkie:


“Peter did precisely the same thing in principle. He applied one of Christ’s chief titles to the Father: “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers,” who is in fact the Lord Jehovah, “hath glorified his Son Jesus,” Peter says, thus applying the name of the Son to the Father. (Acts 3:13.) How truly they are one! The name of the one is the name of the other. The words of the one are the words of the other.” (Bruce R. McConkie, The Promised Messiah, p.122)


Alma Allred continues:


“Jesus did the same thing in quoting Isaiah—a passage cited at least 4 times in the BoM. It says in Isaiah, “The LORD hath made bare his holy arm…” and Jesus changed it to “The Father had made bare his holy arm.” There are also a couple of passages in the Old Testament, saying, “Jehovah, he is Elohim.” We have to be careful not to impose our current usage into the past onto a culture that didn’t use names the same way we do. There are just too many problems when you have divine investiture of authority with Jesus speaking as if he were the Father to try to make it all fit neatly into our 21st century perceptions.”

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