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The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet: Understanding the Ancient Hebrew Language of the Bible Based on Ancient Hebrew Culture and Thought Paperback – January 5, 2004

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (January 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589395344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589395343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Origins of the Hebrews, the Hebrew language and the alphabet. An in depth history of the Ancient Hebrew pictographic alphabet, the relationship between the pictographic letters and word definitions and extensive script charts. Lessons to learning to read the ancient pictographs. The Ancient Hebrew Parent Root dictionary with cross reference to Strong's numbers.

About the Author

Jeff Benner has had a long interest in the Hebrew language of the Bible and in 1996 he began researching the ancient pictographic alphabet used by the Hebrew people and other Semitic tribes. He has made many significant discoveries linking the ancient Hebrew culture with the ancient Hebrew language and alphabet. In 1999 Jeff founded the "Ancient Hebrew Research Center" to research and teach Biblical understanding through the alphabet and language to those with little or no Hebrew background. Jeff's current project is the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible. This Lexicon defines Hebrew words of the Bible according to their cultural context revealing the original Hebraic meanings of Biblical passages and words.

More About the Author

Mr. Benner, founder of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center (www.ancient-hebrew.org) and the Mechanical Translation of the Hebrew Bible Project (www.mechanical-translation.org), has authored many books on the subject of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture and speaks around the country on this same subject. Mr. Benner's goal is to teach proper Biblical interpretation by providing others with the tools needed to read and understand the Bible from its original Hebraic context.

Customer Reviews

The book is a great beginning study of anceint Hebrew.
Judy
I appreciate Mr. Benner's effort, as well as his forthrightness, but this is not a scholarly treatment of the subject.
Mark Lee
This book explains the origins of Hebrew, and allows you to see what each of the ancient letters MEAN.
D. Foster

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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Justthe Factsmaam on December 24, 2004
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I loved this book. The rare opinion stated as fact and the few faith based comments do not change my feeling that this is a good intro to the subject.

I am a borderline agnostic with a sincere interest in Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, early Phoenecian scripts, etc. I don't care about anyone else's religious beliefs and I don't care if the occasional prejudice slips through between the lines now & then when I am reading the works of authors with a passion for their faith, as long as I am learning something in a subject of interest.

Sure, I disagreed with a few of Mr. Benner's opinions here and there but in the end I have to say that this is the single best book I have seen that teaches introductory 'Ancient Hebrew 101' in such a clear, readable, and most importantly, learnable fashion. Now I can order Mr. Benner's other books with confidence that I will actually learn a good deal of the subject matter rather than fall asleep trying to stay focused on the dry, boring, dull treatment of ancient scripts given by snobbish academians whose obvious priority is trying to impress their peers rather than actually teach the neophytes.

Another good book on ancient scripts is "Mysteries of the Alphabet" by Ouaknin.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on August 9, 2005
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The book actually contains only about 50 pages of simple to understand background information on the ancient Hebrew language. The rest of the book deals with specific appendices that detail information on the pictographic and alphabetic characters themselves. All told, the info opens up a wide area of additional information on Bible names.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful By D. Foster on August 22, 2005
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This book is a wonderful introduction to the world of the Hebrew Language. I have been struggling to teach myself Hebrew, and frankly was having trouble learning the aleph-beit. So many letters that look similar! Such a different type of writing! And why do they have three letters than mean "s", more than one "K" and two that don't have any sound, anyway?

THIS BOOK ANSWERS THOSE QUESTIONS, and more!

This book explains the origins of Hebrew, and allows you to see what each of the ancient letters MEAN. I had been wondering how the sages made determinations of the "real" meanings of Hebrew words by looking at the letters that make them up, and now I know! This book will open a window to the Hebrew Language that will "turn you on" to how the language works, and how it affects the Jewish Faith. Their earliest beliefs about G-d will become very clear...just by studying the letters they used to spell his name.

GREAT BOOK.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deena W. Packer on June 8, 2009
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This book, along with two other books by this author make a great study package for the Old Testament. By using them, I am learning a great deal of the deeper meaning of Old Testament scriptures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dankiedan on April 1, 2012
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This book is for the serious student but may help anyone better understand the Hebraic mindset. For example to hear means to obey. Until one obeys, he hasn't heard. Thus the Lord says,"these people have ears but they don't hear."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AM on July 6, 2011
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I'm not quite finished with the book, but it is very interesting to see an ancient perspective. The words are a lot like poetry. The pictograph language is controversial, but it does make sense that the Hebrews would use an alphabet like this because Abram, who became Abraham, came from Ur, which was a major city back then and became a nomad. It does help the meaning of words that have been taken out of context and the original thought and intent has been a bit lost. I would recommend this book. I think it will need further research to correlate meanings, but it is a great start into the deeper meaning of words, and the pictures the words create are quite beautiful. The ancient languages were pictoral; Chinese and Egyptian were as well.
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110 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Mark Newbrook on November 17, 2004
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In this frustrating book, Benner proclaims (prima facie most implausibly) that Hebrew script, which was clearly partly pictographic in origin, kept its pictographic function even after it became alphabetic. Even less plausibly, he holds that the Hebrew language and its script must have appeared simultaneously when God created Adam with a mature knowledge of the spoken and written language. He claims to have demonstrated the truth of this latter view, but I cannot locate any such demonstration (see below on standards of proof).

As the above might suggest would be the case, Benner combines these specific claims about Hebrew with unargued acceptance of the Genesis story - including the Tower of Babel story about the origin of linguistic diversity - as uncontroversially and literally true. This is a one-sidedly fundamentalist treatment of the issues in question, and readers with other views on these issues will be unable to accept it by way of background (given Benner's failure to argue adequately for his own stance and the well-known weakness of such positions in scientific and historical terms).

In addition, Benner's discussion of linguistic matters more generally (other than some of the specifics of Hebrew) appears naive and ill-informed. His standards of proof appear too loose. Further, he accepts (in general terms) the idea, most notoriously promoted in recent times by Mozeson, that many words in English and other non-Semitic languages derive from Hebrew - on the basis of 'evidence' which in no way meets the very robust criteria which have long been known to linguists. This alone suggests that he does not understand historical linguistics.
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