What does "Elohim, Essaim... Elohim, Essaim I implore you" mean?
In episode 4 of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April), Kaori says a prayer "Elohim, Essaim... Elohim, Essaim I implore you" before the performance. What does it mean?
Both of the words "Elohim" and "Essaim" could be meaning a variety of things. But my speculation goes as follows:
From this Reddit thread:
"Eloim" is "God" or "Powers", "Essaim" might be "Locusts" or "Swarm".
I'm thinking that she's offering her soul to the devil/the angels/god in exchange for being able to captivate her audience.
This isn't Faust; it's not a serious treatment of pacts. The Japanese adore Christian mythology, similar to how the West adores Eastern mythology. In effect, she's doing the same thing as someone in a Western work invoking his "chi" or whatever. (It's shōnen; teenage boys love foreign mysticism.)
I have studied Hebrew for 2 years and "Elohim" does not mean "powers" according to any definition I've seen. Please give a reference if you have one.
@seijitsu I did, it's called the "Book of Black Magic" and the "Il Grand Grimoire".
@seijitsu BTW I'm from israel, so I think it's fair to say that I'm positive to recognize this as a synonym.
Okay, can you point me to a dictionary entry that explains this as being a synonym?
@seijitsu This is one example: http://www.hebrew-streams.org/works/monotheism/context-elohim.html "The oldest Semitic word meaning "God" is El. Linguists believe its base meaning is strength or power."
Oh, that's the same site I linked to, but for linguists to say that they believe that the base of the oldest word is "power" doesn't equate to the derived word "Elohim" being a synonym for "powers" or "power." Is there another place on that page which gives "powers" as a current definition rather than as the background root?