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Hebrew Word Pictures : How Does the Hebrew Alphabet Reveal Prophetic Truths? Perfect Paperback – 1999

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 0967972612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967972619
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Kuz on December 3, 2006
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While it is generally known that many ancient languages were picture based, Hebrew is not usually understood this way. After all, Hebrew has a well-defined alphabet of 22 letters. (The first two letters being, of course, "alef" and "bet".) The book "Hebrew Word Pictures" by Dr. Frank T. Seekins develops the claim that the Hebrew language is in fact an ideogramic language: many root pictures are used to express a word.

As an example, the letter "alef" was originally the representation of the head of an ox, and symbolized the concepts of "strength" or "first". We can see the ox picture in the English upper case letter "A" (or Greek alpha), if we invert the letter so that the horns face upward. The letter "bet" originally represent a tent or simple house, representing the concept of "home". The last letter is "tav", a simple cross shape, and it means "sign" or "covenant".

When studying the word pictures as pictures, it is important to note that the square-shaped letters we are familiar with today in Hebrew are not the original forms. Those forms appeared during the Babylonian exile, which is relatively late in Hebrew history. The spellings remained the same, and the original forms continued for some time in various places, so the knowledge has not been lost. Therefore, the modern Hebrew letters still show the ideas represented by the original pictures, although the letter "alef" no longer looks like an ox head.

Perhaps the reason that the original language was written without vowels was to emphasize the pictorial nature of the root letters.

And now for some simple examples. When "alef" and "bet" are combined to form "ab", which means "father", the word pictures mean "strength [of the] home".
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Luis Quinones on December 17, 2009
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Hebrew Word Pictures is a great resource for learning the pictoral meaning behind the ancient Hebrew alefbet. The book goes through each of the 22 letters and shows how each letter is used in psalms 119. A wonderful addition to this book is the 254 Hebrew word pictures reference guide. For instance, page 133 lists the word a-shar (alef - sheen - reysh) which is normally translated in english bibles as either blessed or happy. What is interesting is that the Hebrew word picture means "fire on the head". This book is filled with many other biblical word nuggets to ponder.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Leupp on August 29, 2008
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I'm finding this book to be greatly helpful in understanding how a word can be understood from the story value of each letter. It seems like many Hebrew words come with a dictionary built in. I'm thankful that it is spiral bound as it would soon fall apart through much use. This is an excellent aid to learning Hebrew.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Seymour on May 8, 2006
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I liked it so much I'm buying a second one for a friend. The History is so rich with information, and you'll find explanations to questions you would have never thought to ask in a life time. EXCEPTIONAL BOOK. Every Serious Bible Student should have one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By After His Heart on June 12, 2010
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This study guide by Dr. Frank Seekins is a prize among my Bible study references. What a great tool for a devotional study of Psalm 119--a wonderful means to a sincere worship of Almighty God and His only born Son, the risen Lord Jesus Christ!!! Dr. Seekins handles each letter of the Hebrew alphabet with refreshing simplicity. The understanding of the formation of each letter gives such motivation for a deeper intimacy with the Lord, and brings to light a right walk with Him in spite of opposition and suffering. What a beautiful psalm is 119, and how beautiful is the heart that wrote it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By two roads healing on February 14, 2010
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I just had to write a review to express my amazement and satisfaction that my book came from Arizona to Maine in less than 48 hours from Hebrew World directly. I couldn't have done it faster if I flew there myself to get it. The book is chock full of information and I am excited to use it to draw out the letters myself and further my study. It is both simple to read but surprisingly full of information and detail. The slightly quirky layout totally appeals to me too-- a nice combination of words, pictures, direction and background. Thanks--this is going to be fun!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on January 23, 2010
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I love this book! It is well written and makes the Hebrew alphabet and various meanings to words easy to learn. Every Hebrew letter represents a number. The meaning behind each number and its corresponding letter is awesome. The meaning of various Hebrew words is also awesome. For example love is "a hav," which is the Father's heart revealed. Another example is the word for heart, which is "lev" or what controls the inside. Even the individual letters are significant. The first letter, which is also the number one is "alef", which means strong, leader or first. The second, which is also the number two is "bet", which means family, household, in, or into. Put the two letters together and you have the word "Ab", which means the leader or strength of the family. If you ever had any doubts that our heavenly Father is all about family, this should settle it. Another invaluable tool in studying Hebrew, has been "Aleph Isn't Tough." It gives the vowel markings,and more detailed study of Hebrew than does this book. But for what it does do, "Hebrew Word Pictures" is second to none. It's a real must have to understanding God (El) better.
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