Hebrew is God’s heart language—the mother tongue of the Scriptures Jesus read. Hebrew is also an extremely rich, poetic language that looks at the world in very different ways than English.
Some ideas simply don’t travel well across languages and time. In order to taste the true breadth of expression of the Bible’s ancient words, you have to travel back mentally to their original Middle Eastern setting.
What can we learn?
Listening Through Jesus’ Ears – The Bible often speaks in odd-sounding, poetic phrases that come from its Hebraic culture. Hearing its words as they were originally meant gives us new insights into God’s word.
Does God Forget Sins? – Understanding the biblical ideas of “remembering” and “forgetting” helps us understand about forgiveness of sin.
Does God Want Us To Fear Him? – An explanation of how the difficult phrase “fear of the Lord” in the Bible can be very rich in our lives.
What’s the Good News? – Some kinds of news have the power to change our lives overnight — the birth of a baby, the diagnosis of cancer. … An excerpt from our book, Listening to the Language of the Bible
The Hebrew Concept of Wisdom – The Hebrew word hokmah is used to describe both wisdom and skilled labor.
Links for Further Study:
If you’re truly inspired to keep learning Hebrew, you should consider taking a course from the Biblical Language Center. Their innovative program is unique and extremely effective.
Listening to the Language of the Bible. This is a guide for discovering the richness of the Scriptures in their Hebraic setting. Published by the En-Gedi Resource Center, it’s available in the online bookstore.