Shalom, my name is Jeff Benner. I am the founder of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center and have written over a dozen books on Biblical Hebrew including the Mechanical Translation of Genesis and Exodus and the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible. Through years of study, research and teaching others, I have developed a method of studying Hebrew words that will benefit you in seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.
The Hebrew Bible (called the Tanakh by Jews and the Old Testament by Christians) was written by Hebrews whose language and culture was very different from our own. A language is closely tied to the culture of those who speak the language. In the case of the Hebrews, who were a nomadic and agrarian people, their language was closely connected to that culture and lifestyle. When we read the Bible, our 20th Century culture and lifestyle will often influence how we interpret it, therefore it is essential that we read and study the Bible from their culture and perspective so that we can better understand the Bible.
When most people do a word study they will open up Strong's dictionary, look up the word they are studying, read that definition and then move on. But there is much more to a thorough study of a Hebrew word, which will open up a whole new world to the reader. This course will teach you how to dig deeper into the meanings of the words of the Bible to uncover the more in-depth understanding of the words in the Bible. Even if you do not know any Hebrew, the resources and tools available to you will provide you with a wealth of information.
- Strong's Hebrew Dictionary (PDF file)
- Link to an online Bible
- Link to eSword, a free downloadable Bible program
- link to Blue Letter Bible, an online Bible program
- There are no requirements for taking this course, except for a desire to expand your knowledge of the Bible.
- No materials are required to take this course as you will be provided everything you need, but if you have a Bible, dictionary, lexicon, interlinear or other word study related material will be helpful.
- Define Hebrew words based on their original cultural context
- Have a basic understanding of the philosophy and thought process of the Hebrew people allowing for proper Biblical interpretation.
- Use a Bible concordance and dictionary to define Hebrew words and roots.
- Use E-Sword to do an in-depth study of Hebrew words.
- Know how to use various Hebrew lexicons to do a study of Hebrew words and roots.
- Know how to navigate through a Hebrew-English interlinear Bible.
- Find the definition of a word based on the context of how it is used in the Bible.
- Have a digital library of free resources that will assist you in digging into the Hebrew language of the Bible.
Mr. Benner first began learning Hebrew in 1995 and soon found that most instructions in Biblical Hebrew were missing a key ingredient, a cultural background to the language. After much research on this subject he founded the Ancient Hebrew Research Center in 1999 to share his research into the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture. Mr. Benner has written well over 500 articles for the Ancient Hebrew Research Center website, which receives about 500,000 visits a month and he has also produced over 200 videos. He has authored 13 books including; The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible, The Torah: A Mechanical Translation and His Name is One.
Jeff lives in Mississippi with his wife Denise and their five children where they are developing their 2 acre homestead growing vegetables and raising chickens and occasional livestock. They live in a log house that they built with the trees from their property.