Q. Thank you for your website. In Genesis 1:26 in the NKJV it says “Let us make man in Our image” and in Genesis 3:22 it says “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil”. I believe Christians see these verses as references to the Trinity but my question is how have Jews of the past and present typically viewed these verses through Judaism?
A. It has been explained to me that many Jews believe the use of a plural word for God (Elohim) as well as the plural references you’ve cited, can best be interpreted as a plural of majesty or excellence rather than a plural of being. In other words His greatness can not be adequately conveyed in the use of a singular word. Their view of God is most influenced by Deut. 6:4 “Hear O Israel The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” which they see as being obviously singular.