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The Jewish concept of God changed from "Yahweh is the only God of Israel" to "Yahweh is the only God in existance".  I do not know when this change occurred (Probably post Babylonian Exile period).  By the time of Christ, however, Jewish religous thought  presented Yahweh as the only existing God.

 
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and before Yahweh there is Elohim of Genesis, which is pluralistic.

AFAIK, multiple creator > tribal god> to the universal one (creator)
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Originally posted by Leonidas Leonidas wrote:

and before Yahweh there is Elohim of Genesis, which is pluralistic.

AFAIK, multiple creator > tribal god> to the universal one (creator)
 
The plural Elohim has always puzzled me.
 
Perhaps it is a textual typo or more probably represents a subtle linguistical shift in the meaning of the word (similar to the decline of the plural implied,  "royal we" concept in English). 
 
If it is truly a plural... then why was it not "corrected" by later scribes?  There is, of course, a strong rule about correcting sacred scriptures, but the temptation for at least some scribes to correct the old "Elohim = plural gods notion" must have been pretty strong.  Especially as Jewish thought went from "our only tribal God" to the "one universal God".      
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