Every serious student of the Holy Scriptures should acquire at least a fundamental knowledge of Biblical Hebrew. Very often I’ve heard people respond to this recommendation by saying things like, “I speak English, so why do I need to learn Biblical Hebrew?”… or “Hasn’t the Bible already been translated for us?” My response to these statements is simple; learning Biblical Hebrew is not about the language you currently speak, its about learning the foundational language of the Bible so that you might know what the Bible says without filtering it through other languages and the biases of tradition that translators bring to the translation process.
We all know what happens when a word is passed around the dinning room table from person to person – it usually ends up not being the same word that it started out as. The same kind of thing happens in Bible translations; very often the original meaning gets lost resulting in deviations from the Author’s intent that almost always leads to division among believers.
- Hebrew is the original language of the Bible.
- Hebrew is the language that the Creator used to create the heavens and the earth and all the hosts therein.
- Hebrew is the language that the Almighty used to communicate to people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Yeshua (Jesus), Paul, etc.
- Hebrew was the written language the Almighty used to write the 10 Commandments on the two tablets of stone at Mount Sinai.
- Hebrew was the language Moses used to write the Creator’s instructions, commandments, statutes, and judgments know as the Torah.
- Hebrew was the language of the book of Psalms which is the official hymnal of the Bible.
- Hebrew was the language of the prophets of old, like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and may others.
- Hebrew was the language of the used during the times of the 1st and 2nd Temple in Jerusalem where the Scriptures were publicly read; they were read in Hebrew during and beyond the times of Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus) and to this present day, the Hebrew Scriptures are read in the Hebrew language in the Jewish Synagogues.
- Yeshua (Jesus) read the Hebrew Scriptures in the Synagogue during His earthly ministry.
- Yeshua (Jesus) taught the Hebrew Scriptures.
- All of the original apostles of Yeshua (Jesus) were Israelites who spoke Hebrew and read the Hebrew Scriptures.
- The Hebrew Scriptures are the foundation for the New Covenant writings.
- Biblical Hebrew will help you to understand the culture of Biblical Israel and the Hebraic expressions used throughout the Scriptures.
- Studying Biblical Hebrew will give you an insight into the concepts of the New Covenant writings that were based upon the TANAKH (Old Testament); such insight is often not possible using the Greek or English languages.
- Biblical Hebrew will help you to discover the Hebraic roots of the New Covenant community and open the door for restoration of the true faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Yeshua (Jesus).
- Learning Biblical Hebrew will make you a better student of the Bible so that you may live the abundant life that the Scriptures promise, and be an approved and effective laborer in the Kingdom of God.
Charles J. Shields
Now Arise Ministries