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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (January 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589395344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589395343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This book on each Hebrew letter which includes the Hebraic thought and the culture brings a full bodied teaching that will lay a great foundation to the study of Hebrew rather than the normal language lessons that others present. If you know how to read Hebrew great! BUT do you know why YAHWEH used this used that particular letter or word? Almost all of us only know what we were told or taught by another. This book delves into the whole Jeff Benner approach on his education center of his website......I am home schooling and we are learning Hebrew through Jeff Benner's books and website modules.....
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.
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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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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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I just got the book, and will edit my review once I'm through it.

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-* ...

Any thoughts?
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