Liquesce, the majestic plural is one explanation I've learned.
From a grammatical standpoint, it's not an actual numerical plural, as the verb in that sentence fragment ... bereisheet bara Elokim
... "created" in Hebrew is bara
... is in the 3rd person singular
If it was a plural, "they created," the word would be bar'oo
Judaism holds that G!d has a whole lot of names. Some used for certain reasons, others used for other reasons. The story of creation uses only the name Elokim.
The gematria (numerical value) of Elokim is the same as that of ha'teva
, which means nature. One understanding, based on the meaning of Kel (which you would pronounce 'Eh-L' but which Jews would change the pronunciation out of respect for The Name ... same as the "k" in Elokim, which you all write with the "h," if you're wondering why I've got it with a "k") defined as might, or power. So that understanding would have it that G!d took all the forces of nature in the cosmos and created ... etc., etc.
Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate
so Jews would argue that it's probably not referencing a trinity.)
I think you need a nap.
Safe to say that definitely not
is what you meant.