The word is plural in form, literally denoting ‘gods’ (as in Exod. 20: 3), but normally used for the God of Israel as a plural of majesty, as in other languages. The singular form El is also found, especially in the book of Job. The use of Elohim in one source of the Pentateuch from the call of Abraham (Gen. 22: 1–19) to the revealing of God's name Yahweh (Exod. 3: 13–15) has led to its being called the E source. It is thought to derive from the northern part of the country in the 9th to 8th cent. BCE period.