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Misleading quote: trinitarian

Smith does not believe that Jesus is a creature, for he openly states that Jesus is called "Jehovah".

Plural of Majesty did not exist until after the entire Old Testament was completed meaning it is impossible for a poetic device to be used, when it did not exist! The first use of "plural of majesty" by the Jews was about 200 AD. Click for more on the "plural of majesty" argument.

William Smith: A Dictionary Of The Bible

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How the Watchtower quoted the source:

"The fanciful idea that [elo-him] referred to the trinity of persons in the Godhead hardly finds now a supporter among scholars. It is either what grammarians call the plural of majesty, or it denotes the fullness of divine strength, the sum of powers displayed by God.'" (William Smith: A Dictionary Of The Bible, p220; quoted in, Should you believe the Trinity?, Watchtower publication)

What they left out to deliberately misrepresent the source and deceive you:

Two sentences later:

"The name (Jehovah) is never applied to a false god, nor to any other being except one, the ANGEL-JEHOVAH who is thereby marked as one with God and who appears again in the New Covenant as 'God manifested in the flesh.'" (William Smith: A Dictionary Of The Bible, p220)

Deception Exposed:

  1. Smith takes the view that the "angel in the wilderness" was a manifestation of Jesus Christ. Smith obviously does not believe that Jesus is a creature, for he openly states that Jesus is called "Jehovah".
  2. While we do not agree with Smith's comments that "elohim" does not indicate a plurality of persons, because it finds little support among scholars, Smith is a trinitarian who believes other passages teach the trinity.

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