How to do a Hebrew Word Study Without Knowing Hebrew

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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.

Introduction to the Hebrew Language
Have a basic understanding of Hebrew thought in contrast to our own modern Western thought.
A short introduction about myself and my research into the Hebrew language of the Bible. I will also introduce the importance of understanding the Bible form a Hebrew perspective and give a brief overview of what to expect in this course.
Painting a picture with words
In this lecture you will learn the difference between abstract and concrete words. Because the Hebrew language uses concrete words instead of abstracts, it is important to learn the concrete meanings of Hebrew words to better be able to interpret Biblical passages correctly.
Literal and Figurative Meanings
Many Hebrew words can be used in a literal or figurative sense. As an example, the Hebrew word mateh, meaning branch, can be a literal branch of a tree or it can be a figurative branch of a family lineage. In this lecture we will look at the literal and figurative meanings of the Hebrew word that is often translated as "bless."
The Hebrew Culture
The Bible was written by an ancient people in a land and time, whose culture and philosophy is very different from our own. It is paramount that the reader of the Bible view the text from the culture and perspective of the writers and not from their own culture and perspective, which will cause misinterpretations and misunderstandings of the text.
Hebrew Descriptions
The Bible is full of descriptions, but if we use our own perspectives of descriptions, we will misinterpret the text. When we describe something, we generally describe its appearance. But as the Hebrews of the Bible had a very different philosophy than our own, we need to learn that they described things in a way that is very different from our own.
Hebrew Verbs and Nouns
Hebrew verbs and nouns work differently in Hebrew than they do in English. In this lecture you will learn how they are different and how this will impact how Hebrew words are translated and interpreted.
Process of thought
You have a specific philosophy that helps you to interpret the world around you and it is a common misunderstanding by many to believe that everyone around the world, past and present, have the same philosophy of thought.
An Introduction to Hebrew Word Studies
This lecture will examine each of the main words in the Priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26 and present the original cultural context and meaning of these words. With this information you will read and understand the blessing in a whole new light.
Introduction to the Hebrew Language
Using what you have learned in the lectures in this session, answer the following questions related to the philosophy of the Hebrew language.
Using a Bible Dictionary and Concordance
Use an English translation of the Bible in conjunction with a Bible Dictionary and Concordance to do an in-depth Hebrew word study.
Bible Concordance and Dictionary Resources
In this section you will need a Bible and a concordance and dictionary keyed to Strong's numbers. If you do not have these on hand, I will provide you with free resources that are available to complete this section. These resources include
  • 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.
Что Вы изучите?
  • 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.
Jeff Benner
Jeff Benner
Author, Teacher and Administrator

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.

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