When I was reading Genesis in Greek-English translation, I did not feel Elohim was GOD himself, why would he talk to HIMSELF? I thought it would have something to do with the Trinity. By searching for Elohim I found this quote:
“Elohim plural, singular Eloah, (Hebrew: God), the God of Israel in the Old Testament. … Thus, in Genesis the words, “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth,” Elohim is monotheistic in connotation, though its grammatical structure seems polytheistic.”
So I am offering my little explanation to the confusion of polytheism as I understand it from what I learned in the 4th. Way:
GOD or the ABSOLUTE is one independent whole of unity of three forces- active, pasive, and reconciling. (Eloah?). These 3 forces form an indivisible whole and possess one single will and one single consciousness. It is the basis of Trinity, Trimurti etc.
The will of the Absolute (the world of the first order), creates the world of the second order by dividing those three forces (Elohim – polytheistic). But here the three forces do not have one single will as in the Absolute, but separate, independent of the others. The Absolute governs them but does not enter into their creative work of the general plan of the universe., where a mechanical aspect already takes its place. That would explain the dialog I felt from Genesis 1 between GOD and Elohim.