Item description for The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet: Understanding the Ancient Hebrew Language of the Bible Based on Ancient Hebrew Culture and Thought by Jeff A. Benner...
The Hebrew Bible, called the "Tenach" by Jews and "Old Testament" by Christians, was originally written in the Hebrew language using an ancient pictographic, or paleo-Hebrew, script. Through the study of this ancient language and script the words of the Bible will come alive to the reader in a way never seen before. When we read the Bible from our modern western perspective the original meanings of the words within the text are lost to us. Only by understanding these words in their original Hebraic context can we read the Bible through the eyes of the original authors. This book will examine the origins and history of the ancient Hebrew language and script and their close relationship to the culture of the ancient Hebrews. Included are detailed charts of the evolution of the ancient Hebrew script as well as many other related Semitic and non-Semitic scripts. Also included are the details of the root system of the Hebrew language, and a lexicon of ancient Hebrew roots to assist the reader of the Bible with finding the original cultural context for many Hebrew words.
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Foundation for more work.... As he said... Apr 19, 2006
You will want the Lexicon that he wrote, obviously with Strong's Guide, or as Albert Einstein said that the trick to invention is hiding your sources... This book is worth reading and thinking about. As expected with a do-it-yourself book, there are errors (excluding the fact of a bunch of unknowns).
The concept of a proper translation in English is brought to life. Some words just are not found at all, in Strong and his Lexicon (probably figuring Strong's knew, and that's another supporting fact that he must've used Strong's).
Saw him on campus last year... Texas A&M... while visting... made eye contact and... additionally he was with an older man. His wife must be a Jew since he gives her credit.
There is one point to learn, from the letters. Of course, him being maybe a Jew, if against God, AKA Jesus, then he would've never wrote this book.
Jesus, the beginning and the end. The Alph and the Taw. The red heifer (see cover, Hebrews 9 that says the... are worthless now which could only mean that his sacrifice also cleans with the right heart) and the cross (the end, the cross where the snake is dead - when the snake bites you, look to the cross where he is dead and be healed - as Moses spoke of him long ago). (The cover shows the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus had dark red hair.)
Another thing is that Jesus is not the same Jesus in the Qoran, because their Jesus is a mockery just like the whole brother-line of Ismael mocking Issac. I wrote another review on a book from them evil mockers that did not show up those first hours. Yet, God rebuked the place they said he died and where his bones were (as called on).
Knowing from what is, I'd say the reviewers of this site posts might be mockers, (that is if this is posted... I don't even know if they finally posted the review of the mocker book.)
So much for freedom of thought and religion.
A helpful tool Mar 18, 2006
This is a great tool for one who wishes to study the ancient Hebrew text of the Bible. I believe much is lost in the English translation which is slanted by Western thinking. Well worth the price of the book
If you want to understand Hebrew READ THIS Aug 22, 2005
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.
Excellent Info for Any Bible Student Aug 9, 2005
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.
A most excellent intro to ancient hebrew Dec 25, 2004
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.