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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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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Hear And Guard!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. Exo 19:5-6 (KJV) At Mount Sinai the Sovereign Creator entered into a Marriage Covenant with the children of Israel, and Israel became the “wife” of YHVH. See Chapter The First Year at Mount Sinai from the present author’s...

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And I Shall Bless Those Who Bless You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  “And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen 12:3 In our Hebrew study the Creator said to Avram to go out of his land and from your father’s house, and to go to a land which He would show him. And then He promised him to make him a great nation and bless him, and make his name great, and he, Avram, will be a blessing. But the Creator did not stop there. He continued with blessings...

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And the Philistine Cursed David

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

In the reign of King Sha’ul the Philistines had gathered their armies for battle and came together against Israel. King Sha’ul and the men of Israel were gathered and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array to meet them. The young David was the only one to stand up for Israel against Goliath the champion of the Philistines. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by...

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By Grace You Are Saved! But What is Grace?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Hebrew Study

What does the English word grace mean? What is this by which we are saved? For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8 KJV) The Textus Receptus New Testament Dictionary does not give much clarity of what grace means. It says that the Greek word translated as grace χάρις (khar’-ece) means graciousness, of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon...

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What is Love in the Hebraic Mindset?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Hebrew Study

What is the definition of the Hebraic “love”? In the western gentile mind, “love” is an abstract concept with no clear and concrete definition. If a gentile is asked what love is, what would be the answer but another abstract idea of warm feelings and positive emotions towards someone. “Love” from Hebraic perspectives is something much deeper than just a feeling. Due 6:5 gives the command to love YHVH, but in the most common translation...

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