Series on Hebrew Alphabet – #1


New Series on Hebrew Alphabet
Installment One:

New Series on Hebrew alphabet

Installment One:

When we speak of God creating things: I think of Torah: of Genesis 1 and of Exodus. They are quick mental examples of Heavenly Father (Elohim, ha Shem) speaking to His spirit children (us). The book of Matthew is another I like for that reason. Always when God expresses His ideas and His will in His way and time, there is perfect reasoning behind it. We, his often errant and always questing children, are supposed to get the messages.

He gave us the amazing gift of language. He gave us Hebrew, often referred to as Leshon HaKodesh (le-shonh hah-koh-desh) the holy tongue. The Hebrew word for letter is Ot (oht), meaning sign or wonder. Sages claim that Hebrew writing is a manifestation of divine energy patterns!

There is no recorded event in any scripture (please correct me if you know better) of God knocking at the door of a human mind and leaving a bundle of letters with the forms, formulae, dialects and slang we were fated to use. Can you imagine him awakening some chosen mind by texting:

“JUST PUT THESE TOGETHER IN SOME FASHION WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I’M SHORT ON TIME”.

It’s construction is not the work of man, but was given mankind in the Garden of Eden with the creation of Adam and Eve.

The Hebrew alef bet (alphabet) was bestowed upon us that through its text, its sub-text and gematria we may learn the wisdom of eternity and the relationship between ourselves and eternal things. Remember that Hebrew is the fount of translated Bible scripture. It may well have been spoken in Palestine as early as the second millennium b.c. In scripture we read how God spoke to men in concrete terms. These are Hebraic concepts:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… (Gen 1:1)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go… (Ex 8:1)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron… (Ex 8:5)

For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”(Matt 10:20)

The language of Hebrew has been with us a very long time. Laid out in script it looks like a lot of old bones laying around. The vocal sounds used to speak it seem odd to most modern people and esoteric, even mysterious, but not to those who have heard it from birth or soon after with any frequency. Hebrew derives from Aramaic, the international trading language of the Middle East, and it is through necessity of commerce that languages are created and spread about. We took the dubious gift of the Tower of Babel and gave it form and substance and purpose. But Hebrew was not one of these. Hebrew is a gift of God.

Nothing of Hebrew history in this post, but only how its alphabet, those bony, odd symbols of thought, deed and mystery, are intrinsically related to us and we to it. Why? Because God bestowed it as one of His sacred offerings. It is a spiritual manifestation. It is the language of David and Solomon, of Jesus. It was created so that we would give praise to God and to His Christ in a language that tells Him we understand its purpose.

Through Hebrew, God gives us messages that are lasting and universal. What does He tell us? First, that He is lasting, He is everywhere and we cannot escape Him. Lest we believe He acknowledges only those who read Hebrew or Aramaic, we have mundane examples of thousands of verbal highways of expression that are as ingrained in us as tooth and tongue and that we need if we are to sustain life on earth.

So what is unique about the Hebrew tongue? First, it is dependent upon spiritual content. Its 22 main letters have power that none but Aramaic can claim – they represent the importance of life – in the relationships between all things, God speaks through Hebrew about spiritual sustenance. This alef bet is can be likened to the sacred ladder rungs of language between God and mankind. Great leaders of Judaism have repeatedly testified that when the letters of the alef bet (aleph-beis) are uttered “in prayerful sincerity, they are like spiritual tools in the hands of God.” (The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Michael Munk)

Hebrew syntax lacks many adverbs and adjectives. Sentence construction is short. Tenses are more like modalities of action. There are no vowels per se, but a series of points and dashes give the proper pronunciation to vowel sounds. Hebrew is written from right to left. There are no capital letters. Letters stand alone in printing or writing. Concrete meanings of word-stems are very basic and apparent to the reader. Hebrew in its ancient form is not well adapted to the expression of abstract ideas. Hence the concrete-image mindset characteristic of the Jewish people with regard to their spiritual understanding.

Installment #2 will discuss more specifics including the aleph (first letter, top right) and several other letters. Be sure to follow the blog! A longer article will be posted to my website: www.peopleofthebook-judaica.com.

New Series on Hebrew alphabet

Installment One:

When we speak of God creating things: I think of Torah: of Genesis 1 and of Exodus. They are quick mental examples of Heavenly Father (Elohim, ha Shem) speaking to His spirit children (us). The book of Matthew is another I like for that reason. Always when God expresses His ideas and His will in His way and time, there is perfect reasoning behind it. We, his often errant and always questing children, are supposed to get the messages.

He gave us the amazing gift of language. He gave us Hebrew, often referred to as Leshon HaKodesh (le-shonh hah-koh-desh) the holy tongue. The Hebrew word for letter is Ot (oht), meaning sign or wonder. Sages claim that Hebrew writing is a manifestation of divine energy patterns!

There is no recorded event in any scripture (please correct me if you know better) of God knocking at the door of a human mind and leaving a bundle of letters with the forms, formulae, dialects and slang we were fated to use. Can you imagine him awakening some chosen mind by texting: “JUST PUT THESE TOGETHER IN SOME FASHION WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I’M SHORT ON TIME”. It’s construction is not the work of man, but was given mankind in the Garden of Eden with the creation of Adam and Eve.

The Hebrew alef bet (alphabet) was bestowed upon us that through its text, its sub-text and gematria we may learn the wisdom of eternity and the relationship between ourselves and eternal things. Remember that Hebrew is the fount of translated Bible scripture. It may well have been spoken in Palestine as early as the second millennium b.c. In scripture we read how God spoke to men in concrete terms. These are Hebraic concepts:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… (Gen 1:1)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go… (Ex 8:1)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron… (Ex 8:5)

For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”(Matt 10:20)

The language of Hebrew has been with us a very long time. Laid out in script it looks like a lot of old bones laying around. The vocal sounds used to speak it seem odd to most modern people and esoteric, even mysterious, but not to those who have heard it from birth or soon after with any frequency. Hebrew derives from Aramaic, the international trading language of the Middle East, and it is through necessity of commerce that languages are created and spread about. We took the dubious gift of the Tower of Babel and gave it form and substance and purpose. But Hebrew was not one of these. Hebrew is a gift of God.

Nothing of Hebrew history in this post, but only how its alphabet, those bony, odd symbols of thought, deed and mystery, are intrinsically related to us and we to it. Why? Because God bestowed it as one of His sacred offerings. It is a spiritual manifestation. It is the language of David and Solomon, of Jesus. It was created so that we would give praise to God and to His Christ in a language that tells Him we understand its purpose.

Through Hebrew God gives us messages that are lasting and universal. What does He tell us? First, that He is lasting, He is everywhere and we cannot escape Him. Lest we believe He acknowledges only those who read Hebrew or Aramaic, we have mundane examples of thousands of verbal highways of expression that are as ingrained in us as tooth and tongue and that we need if we are to sustain life on earth.

So what is unique about the Hebrew tongue? First, it is dependent upon spiritual content. Its 22 main letters have power that none but Aramaic can claim – they represent the importance of life – in the relationships between all things, God speaks through Hebrew about spiritual sustenance. This alef bet is can be likened to the sacred ladder rungs of language between God and mankind. Great leaders of Judaism have repeatedly testified that when the letters of the alef bet (aleph-beis) are uttered “in prayerful sincerity, they are like spiritual tools in the hands of God.” (The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Michael Munk)

Hebrew syntax lacks many adverbs and adjectives. Sentence construction is short. Tenses are more like modalities of action. There are no vowels per se, but a series of points and dashes give the proper pronunciation to vowel sounds. Hebrew is written from right to left. There are no capital letters. Letters stand alone in printing or writing. Concrete meanings of word-stems are very basic and apparent to the reader. Hebrew in its ancient form is not well adapted to the expression of abstract ideas. Hence the concrete-image mindset characteristic of the Jewish people with regard to their spiritual understanding.

Installment #2 will discuss more specifics including the aleph (first letter, top right) and several other letters. Be sure to follow the blog! A longer article will be posted to my website: www.peopleofthebook-judaica.com.

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