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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
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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.
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.
If you are interested in the Torah - even though you might not know Hebrew nor want to learn to read or write it - you will love this book just on the Hebraic thought and culture.
I have one question, though: Was any part of the bible written in Ancient Hebrew? Writing was well evolved in Abraham's and Moses' time, but I think I might have a book here that isn't relevant to the Bible. For example, have any Bible books.chapters been found at Qumran, etc. in Ancient Hebrew? I thought the earliest were all Paleo-Hebrew (or sometimes called Paleo-Canaanite)...
Don't get me wrong, Ancient Hebrew existed, but all I can find are examples of books/verses in Paleo-* ...
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Anybody who is remotely interested in ancient Hebrew should own this book. It packs a lot of very useful information into a small package, and it is very inexpensive and gets... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Hornbeck
Really? God gave the Hebrew language to Adam and Eve to facilitate conversation? There were a number of assertions in early sections of this book that raised a red flag regarding... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Teri-Sue Thompson
Half truths. What should remain unleavened is leavened by root and calendar.Published 6 months ago by Ashley