Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.
A Pure Language
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food
— Job 23:12
"God's sacred Word . . . is that inestimable treasure that excels all the riches of the earth"
— Translators of the King James Bible
The Hebrew language is fascinating in so many ways and is the central learning tool that I use in most of my articles. It is a symbolic language that uses letters in the form of pictographs to define its words, which will be used and described in future writings. This article is an overview of this miraculous historical undying tongue.
Hebrew is one of the oldest living languages and thought by some to be the language from which all other readable words stem. It is the language that Moses used in writing the Torah, which records the beginning of all things and is assumed from the text to be the language God speaks.
The miraculous part of the story of this language is that 2000 years ago, the Jewish people were dispersed from their homeland of Israel, and they took their native language with them wherever they went. After World War II and the Holocaust, Britain enforced the Jewish people's right to return to their homeland.
Incredibly, the language was preserved for almost 2000 years despite their being assimilated into other cultures and languages. It is downright miraculous that the language was not lost and is now the national language of Israel. The Hebrew language was preserved by their religious dedication to read in Hebrew and pray in Hebrew no matter what the native language of the land they were dwelling was, which I believe to be God-inspired.
To consider how miraculous this is, we can look at our own country. Someone might move here from another country (many have and still do), and the newcomers may learn our language while maintaining and using, to some degree, their native language. They may even teach the next generation some of their native tongues. Still, the likelihood of the language surviving through several generations is slim to none, let alone for almost 2000 years.
The nation of Israel was reborn in 1948 along with its language, thanks to a man named Eleazar Ben Yehuda, who promoted its use and played a foundational role in establishing it once again as Israel's national language.
More people now than ever seek the Hebraic roots of their Christian Faith, including the language itself, and discovering that it is a pure and unique language possibly born from the mouth of God Himself. "He spoke, and it was"
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord.
— Zephaniah 3:9
The restoration of this holy language, I believe, is in direct fulfillment of the above verse about restoring a pure language to the people. It is yet another facet of God revealing Himself and expressing His ultimate desire for us to know Him as He is and to understand in a deeper dimension His truths.
*There are no cuss words in Hebrew. All cuss words in Israel have been imported from other languages.
My interest in Hebrew began when I picked up a fascinating read by Rabbi Daniel Lapin called "Buried Treasure."
In his book, he introduces how the letters used in forming Hebrew words are each represented by an image that, when combined, could help communicate a concept or representation that could help you understand the word better.
Most modern languages are phonetic sounds that we have learned to associate with a word and its meaning. The Hebrew language provides us with the visual concept through these ancient pictographs.
A simple example of this would be the Hebrew word for "father," spelled with two letters aleph and bet/vet (av) in Hebrew. The letter aleph, which is represented by the image of an ox, illustrates strength, leadership, and dependability, and a vet is a picture of a house connecting the idea of home and family. If you join the two concepts together, you get the impression that God wants us to know that a father is a strong leader of a home and family.
This method of revelation can add another dimension that could not be seen or understood previously, and I have found it confirming and always in agreement with already revealed Scripture revelations.
Forward and Backward
He also reveals in his book how some words spelled one way can mean it's opposite when spelled backward, such as the word for "hand," which is "yod," that consists of a "yod" (picture of a hand grasping) and a dalet (door, a symbol of a "way"). The word pictograph reveals that the hand is the way to reach or grasp for something desired or needed. If you spell hand backward, as in "dalet," "yod," (dai), it forms the word for sufficient or enough. In one direction, we are grasping something needed, reading the other way we have a need fulfilled and satisfied.
"The more you read the Bible, the more you meditate on it, the more you will be astonished by it"
— Charles Spurgeon
Another resource I found extremely useful in understanding the pictograph concepts can be found at the Jewish Jewels website. They have an excellent video series that studies each letter and its corresponding pictograph.
The lessons are taught by Dr. Danny Ben Gigi, a former professor of Hebrew, who taught at Arizona State University. If you enjoy these more in-depth studies, you will sincerely glean much from them.
I like this method God designed in His language because these pictures and their associations don't change. In modern language, a word might mean one thing at one time, and a decade later, it might say something else. God's language never changes. You can't change a word picture. An ox will always be associated with what an ox has always done, does, and always will do. It will never change. This method makes His word even more dependable.
"O beloved! you have only to study the Scriptures to find out wondrous things in them; you have only to search deeply, and you stand amazed a their richness. You will find God's Word to be a very precious Word; the more you live by it and study by it, the more will it be endeared to your minds.
— Charles Spurgeon
Along with these pictograph concepts, there is another revelation with certain Hebrew words called Agri-Bio-Linguistics. This concept is where God uses agriculture, biology, and language to communicate ideas as well. These are three things all men would be familiar with and be able to understand. A foundational verse expressing this concept:
"Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
— Matthew 4:4
"Man" represents biology. "Bread" illustrates agriculture. And word signifies the linguistic aspect.
An example of this would be how the Hebrew word Kavod means "glory," but it is also the same word for the liver. In English, this would mean nothing and be considered an exception to the rule. In Hebrew, however, God uses the liver to communicate something about glory. One concept is that the liver is the most massive organ in the body and one of the most essential. God wants us to understand that glory is substantial, that it matters, and that to glorify God is to consider Him as crucial and valuable and that He would weigh heavily on the scales of our estimation of Him.
For more info, visit Brad Scott at Wild branch ministries, and he also has some youtube videos describing these concepts. He can also be found at Hebrew Roots Network
"The best evidence of the Bible's being the Word of God is to be found between it's covers"
— Charles Hodge
Numerics and geometrics
Another finding with Hebrew is that thematically speaking, God has designed His word by a number system. No mystic or magic involved. It is another form of check and balance to help keep us on the right track and add another layer of depth to its meaning.
Ancient Hebrew did not have a separate numbering system; much like Roman numerals, their alphabet was also their numbering system. However, the difference between other languages and their use of numbers compared to Hebrew is that the numbers and formulas produced by the Words in Hebrew are consistent with the concepts and themes expressed in His Word. For instance, the number four in Scripture themes the ideas of formation, transformation, and all of its processes. It speaks of things created and the physical realm.
The value of some words have even been discovered to express geometric shapes and patterns such as the Hebrew word for "wisdom" (chokmah), by which God created the world, and consists of triangular numbers that can form the shape of a snowflake, when considered both ordinally and standardly.
. . . as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there . . . So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; (. . . and God said) It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please ( . . . and God saw . . . that it was good)
— Isaiah 55:11 / Gen1
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more strongly the truths that come from on high, and contained in the sacred writings"
— William Herschel (German astronomer and composer)
It appears that God has designed His Word in a way that gives us several ways and dimensions in which we can understand Him. The most significant discovery of all is in learning His consistency. No matter which way we examine His Word, His truth remains the same. This idea is also true concerning all that He has created. We have living life lessons all around us if we will take the time to dig for it.
. . . speak to the earth, and it will teach you.
— Job 12:8
I conclude with the note that the revelations of pictographs, word reversal, numerics, geometrics, as well as His creation are never things to be worshiped as in looking to any of them for private interpretation or future speculation. They are simply tools of viewing already revealed truth in multidimensional ways that can assist our understanding of His truth.
Kabbalists (letter worshipers), astrologers (star worshipers), and numerologists (number worshipers) have made a religion in and of themselves out of these things. All of them leave God Himself out of the equation, but we can't throw the baby out with the bathwater. We will miss so much.
I highly recommend that when one does an in-depth study of the Bible microscopically that they also are reading through it, as in from Genesis to Revelation, regularly. It will ground your research and keep you from straying from God's larger picture.
The articles on my site will predominantly center on the themes mentioned above, and I hope to encourage all to seek the Lord with their whole heart and develop a deep love for God and the intricacies of His Word!
God bless and happy learning!
"Study of His Word is never a drudgery, but always a delight"
— Herbert Lockyer
© 2010 Tamarajo
Tamarajo (author) on September 13, 2014:
Thank you for inquiring I will have more time on Tuesday to more thoughtfully answer your question. Caring for little ones in the mean time : ) God bless!
Malcolm Coombe on September 13, 2014:
A question; does the Hebrew word bara meaning 'create' have any meaning? Thank you
Tamarajo (author) on May 01, 2013:
Thank you Suzie. The wonders of His Word are infinite and the Hebrew language really show cases it's depth and dimension. I have found it confirming and supportive to His timeless truths.
Thank you so much for your visit and encouragement.
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 01, 2013:
I commend you on your extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language. It is lovely to read and see one who is so passionate about this wonderful language. Congrats and thanks for sharing!
Tamarajo (author) on August 07, 2012:
I have the book and will be looking more thoroughly into it. Thanks much!!
shelpeare on August 07, 2012:
"The Word" by Isaac Mozeson is a very interesting book to show that Hebrew is the original language. He calls that study Edenics. He has a website with part of the study online as well.
Tamarajo (author) on August 06, 2012:
Hi Deborrah, It really is comforting to know that God is so repetitive and consistent. So many "religious" ideas have been built on the lifting of scriptures out of context and out of agreement with the pattern set forth throughout the scriptures. This picture language is but another way God has lent to us to confirm the truths set forth.
Thank you for your read and encouraging comment.
DeBorrah K Ogans on August 04, 2012:
Tamarajo, Quite interesting and informative! As you so wonderfully stated: "One thing I like about this method God designed in His language is that these pictures and associations don't change. In modern language a word might mean one thing at one time and a decade later it might mean something else. God's language never changes." Great point!
Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Tamarajo (author) on May 16, 2011:
Druid Dude you are correct about the languages of the Bible. I should have clarified that in my hub. I spend so much time in the Old Testament and studying the Hebrew that I didn't include that fact. I do use New Testament scriptures that support the Hebrew revelations but I do understand that they were originally written in Greek.
I thank you for your visit and your additional information.
Druid Dude from West Coast on May 14, 2011:
Actually, Revelation was probably originally composed in Greek, and the New testament books, Aramaic, Greek or Roman Latin. The only books in Hebrew are all old testament, and ancient Hebrew is slightly different from the modern. Elohim does mean Gods plural.
Tamarajo (author) on May 06, 2011:
Hi John nice to meet you glad you stopped by will be over for a read soon
John Harper from Malaga, Spain on May 06, 2011:
Hi can't understand how I missed you for so long, most of my friends are commenting here! anyhow corrected now, will follow your hubs, especially your Hebraic roots sections!
Tamarajo (author) on April 14, 2011:
Hi Laurie, the revelations in Hebrew are stunning and so confirming to the scriptures. They really do add depth and clarity for me.
Thank you for your visit and encouraging comment.
exjwlaurie on April 12, 2011:
Fascinating Tamarajo! And makes perfect sense! I wish I had the time to study Hebrew in depth, I think it would cause many Scriptural passages to gain even more clarity and provide deeper understanding. Thanks so much for sharing these with us! I will watch for more!
Be blessed sister!
Tamarajo (author) on February 28, 2011:
toknowinfo, thank you for your affirmation and vote. I am glad you liked the article.
Bless you for stopping by.
toknowinfo on February 27, 2011:
Wow I really respect your knowledge and appreciate you sharing it. Very well put together hub. Rated up and awesome.
Tamarajo (author) on January 29, 2011:
Hi Jeanie great to have you stop by and visit. The latest series of hubs on New Jerusalem don't have much Hebrew in them but most of the other stuff does in case that is what you are looking for.
I will be over to read yours tomorrow when I can get to my PC am currently using my phone which only allows me so many options.
Anyways I appreciate your visit and your comment.
JeanieR from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 29, 2011:
Wonderful! I just found you and will follow the bread crumb trail. This is too good not to! Thank you!
Tamarajo (author) on December 13, 2010:
I appreciate your visit comment and the link. I'm always wanting to grow and learn.
James A Watkins from Chicago on December 13, 2010:
I enjoyed reading this. A good friend of mine is an author with five degrees who is deep into Hebrew words. He writes a daily devotional, which is quite good, centered on a Hebrew word or phrase that is misunderstood in English.
brotheryochanan on September 13, 2010:
well, nicely done then
Tamarajo (author) on August 21, 2010:
it was meant to be an introduction to what was about to follow in succeeding hubs. = )
brotheryochanan on August 06, 2010:
i felt burned, a bit more would be nice :P), coulda been longer. maybe that bit about the snake would be good to read again.
Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on August 03, 2010:
Beautiful ~ I can't wait to read and learn some more!!!
Pratonix from Asia on August 01, 2010:
Your Hebrew word studies are excellent. Bless you!
Bloget from Minnesota on July 31, 2010:
My Dear Tammey puts her heart and soul into God... ;_)