Peers? what peers? Did you ignore the definition Strongs gave?
Since I don't speak Hebrew, I'm content to be guided by the choice of words made by the translators of the KJV, the RSV (my usual) and the other translations I'm aware of.
According to the scholars, these "gods" can even be human. That kind of fights with your argument.
But when the chips are down, when you have to use your scholarship to render the bible in good and accurate English, the meaning you choose is 'god' ─ or you do if you're translating the reputable versions.
The Creator has no peers. There are no gods of his equal with whom he is in competition.
As I said before, that's the post-Captivity version. Before then, everyone knew that every tribe had its god, and the earlier parts of the bible reflect this.
But perhaps a little excursion back to Genesis might clear things up. How many gods are Creators? When God said "Let US make man in OUR image" who do you think he was talking to?
According to the footnote to Genesis 1:26 in my Oxford Annotated RSV, "The plural us, our
probably refers to the divine beings who compose god's heavenly court." The Tanakh elsewhere refers to them as the 'sons of God' but does not confuse them with gods.
How many gods did Adam and his wife have to deal with? How many gods did Elijah have? What about Noah? How many gods caused the flood...as opposed to the ones who merited it?
How many tribes did Adam and Eve belong to? That many gods. And Elijah. And Noah. But it's freely acknowledged in eg the Judges passage that each tribe has its separate God.
As far as I am aware....there were no other real gods in existence apart from Jehovah....
I gave you some quotes. Chemosh, for example.
Prior to the flood I don't recall any mention of other gods apart from satan that wanted worship.
As a biblical point, it's correct that Yahweh is the god of the mythical period from the point of view of the writers of the Torah. From an historical view, the story of Noah is copied, with slight adaptations, from the Mesopotamian Semites' tale of Gilgamesh from Babylon, who got it from Akkad, who got it from the non-Semitic Sumerians. We have it written on clay tablets from the decades either side of 2000 BCE, and we also have personal seals bearing images of the Sumerian Noah from at least 500 years before that. Yahweh, as you know, doesn't appear in history till around 1500 BCE.
As far as I know, the only other "god" who has that kind of power is satan. Magic is his domain. The priests in Egypt practiced magic.
Now you're being cute ─ it's merely magic if the Egyptian magicians do it, but it's something more noble when Moses and Aaron do it? Pshaw!
Magic is magic whether done by Amun or Pharaoh's magicians or Yahweh or Simon Magus or Gandalf or Dumbledore.
Nor does the story mention Satan. And the argument is made that in the Tanakh Satan is simply a counselor at Yahweh's court, an opposer who tests opinions. He's certainly an associate of Yahweh in Job, not an enemy, for instance.
Chemosh was the god of the Moabites.
And recognized as a god in Judges, as we've seen.
It means not to practice false worship. Not putting a false god in place of Jehovah in one's affections or worship. The fact that they are not real is irrelevant. They are real to those who worship them.
Just like Yahweh. And in their henotheistic society, explicitly so.
“When you have entered into the land that Jehovah your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the detestable practices of those nations. 10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you."
That's mere self-justification. My god doesn't like what you do, so we're taking your land, slaughtering your people, raping the young women and refreshing our stock of slaves.
High Bronze Age morality!
Unfortunately you seem to have fallen into the trap of making assumptions about the Bible's consistency with false evidence and misinterpreted verses plucked at random.
The bible is not a magic book, or set of books. It's a collection of historical documents, and to be read as such. It's a wanton insult to each of the authors, and to history generally, to try to superimpose your own views on the text merely because you find it inconvenient.
Your whole post is nonsense to me.
Then I suggest, with the utmost courtesy, that you brush up on real ancient history, and see where the bible fits into that.