Yam Suph — Red Sea or Sea of Reeds

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The Hebrew words Yam Suph are always translated either “Red Sea” or “Sea of Reeds” referring to the sea the Elohim of the children of Israel split at the Exodus from Egypt. The meaning of Yam Suph has been lost for us and “Red Sea” and “Sea of Reeds” may not be quite correct, as we will examine this below. But why is it important to find the correct translation of Yam Suph where Elohim performed His last plague on Egypt and...

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Shabbat Shabbaton, Shabbat Beloved

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Hebrew Study, The Appointed Times of YHVH

What does the phrase “shabbat shabbaton” mean? The Hebrew word שַׁבָּתוֹן shabbaton, is commonly translated as sabbatism, that is a Sabbath observance, as found in its Greek transliteration sabbatismos, “σαββατισμός” in Heb 4:9. It comes from the noun שַׁבָּת shabbat, meaning of cessation or “to completely end” any work. Shabbat comes from the verb שָׁבַת shavat, which means to cease what one is doing, therefore, shabbat does not mean a...

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The Accountability to Say “Amen!”

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Hebrew Study

The exclamation “Amen!” is so often misuse and even abuse by the preachers that it has lost its true meaning and has become a cliché in the churches today. Pastors, preachers, teachers, and TV evangelists, teach from the pulpit “teachings” foreign and sometimes even contradictory to the Teaching (Torah) of the Creator, and then they call for a repeat-after-me “Amen” and the laymen follow suit: “Amen!” But what does...

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Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

Very often a mistranslation like “vanity” can overturn the whole meaning of a message in the Scripture. A typical example of it is the phrase in Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities! All is vanity! Is life a vanity, or the things we have labored all of our days were in vain or futile? Have we not received them from Elohim, and if we indeed have, why has the preacher called “vanity of vanities”? What does the wisest man teach in his end-of-life message to...

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Interpretations of How Israel Left Egypt

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

There is a peculiar passage in the Exodus story regarding how Israel left Egypt. The Sages of old sought to find a meaningful interpretation of an obscured Hebrew word in the Book of Exodus in order to explain this passage. It is in Exo 13:18 that reads thus, But God led the people about, by the way of the wilderness by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt. (Exo 13:18 JPS) King James’ version of the Bible also renders the...

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The Fiery Law from YHVH’s Right Hand

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

Little is known that Torah of YHVH is “a fiery law” since it appears only in one place of the Scripture where the Torah is referred to as such. And since the term “a fiery law” appears only once in the Scripture, it will be challenging to derive a conclusive evidence of its meaning. Yehovah came from Sinai, and rose from Seir for them. He shone forth from Mount Paran, and came with ten thousands of set-apart ones, from His right hand a fiery law for...

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What is to be holy, as YHVH is holy?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The word “holy” as in the phrase “Be holy, for I am holy!” is believed to have positive meanings of being morally and spiritually excellent; also saintly, godly, pious, God-fearing, righteous, good, virtuous, moral, sinless, pure, perfect. This perception is often derived from the Apostle Shimon Kepha’s quote from Leviticus, … as the One who called you is holy, so you also should become holy in all behavior, because it has been written,...

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What is the Firmament in Gen 1?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Hebrew Study

The creation story narrates that God created a firmament above the heavens. But, what is the firmament in Gen 1? The JPS translation of Gen 1:6-8 reads thus, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven. And there was evening and...

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The Father and Mother of Many Nations

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Hebrew Study

And no longer is your name called Avram, but your name shall be Avraham, because I shall make you a father of many nations. And I shall make you exceedingly fruitful, and make nations of you, and sovereigns shall come from you. (Gen 17:5-6) Avram in Hebrew, אַבְרָם, is an acronym of av ram, and is a contracted form of another Hebrew name, אֲבִירָם aviram: אָב av, father and the verb רוּם room, to be high, to rise or raise, to bring up, exalt (self), to lift up. The literal...

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The Biblical Meaning of Being a Prophet of YHVH

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Hebrew Study, Prophecy Insight

The Biblical concept of prophecy and prophet of YHVH should not be confused with the divination or fortunetelling found among the pagan peoples. The Hebrew word נָבִיא navi, prophet, comes from the verb נָבָא nava and is usually mistranslated by the word “prophet” which, according to Greek etymology, means “one who predicts the future.” On the contrary, the Hebrew word navi has the meaning of one who has the role to “create (bara) the produce...

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Who is “the Eunuch” in Isaiah 56?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

When reading Isaiah 56:3-7, the reader is left with the impression that the righteous gentiles who keep the Sabbath of YHVH, would have doubts that the Lord would accept them. This article will challenge the translation of the Hebrew word saris commonly translated as “eunuch” and will bring the reader to the true message of YHVH. And let not the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to Yehovah speak, saying, ‘Yehovah has certainly separated me from His...

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What Is Trust in the Hebraic mindset?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Hebrew Study

A friend shared an experience she had when she heard two words from the Creator: emunah “faith” and bitachon “trust.” In previous articles we studied the Hebrew words for faith, hope, grace, and love. This experience prompted the present author to write another article from the series “What is …?” So, in this article we will study the Hebrew word for “trust.” In a non-Hebraic culture the words like faith, hope, grace,...

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