Questions tagged [hebrew]

The language of the Israelites

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How much variation is in the Hebrew language of the Old Testament?

Is there a difference in the Hebrew between the earliest Old Testament books and the relatively newer books? In other words: are there linguistic differences (syntax, grammar, word usage) in older ...
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The symbolic use of “horn”

It has proved difficult to find an answer to this question A quick concordance search of "horn" and you will find many different uses for the word. My center-column notes say "strength." But why? ...
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Why aren't some words like “Maranatha” or “Talitha Cumi” translated in English Bibles?

Why aren't certain words like Maranatha, Talitha Cumi, Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani, etc., not translated in the Bible? Rather, the words are directly written and then their meaning or interpretation? As ...
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If Jehovah's Witnesses believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?

I think everyone knows that the name Jesus is Greek, but why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses use his Hebrew name, which is closer to Joshua than to Jesus?
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St. James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. In ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In a recent question about the names of God, two answers from different people wrote that the letters of the Tetragrammaton by themselves give the meaning of: The Hebrew letters mean “Behold the ...
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What was Jerome's defense for translating the Hebrew word קִיקָיוֹן (kikayon) in Jonah 4:6, etc. into Latin as hedera?

In the Vulgate translation of Jonah 4:6–7, 4:9–10, Jerome translated the Hebrew word קִיקָיוֹן (kikayon) into Latin as hedera, which is the equivalent of the English word "ivy." Some, including ...
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What is/are the Hebrew/Aramaic word(s) for “devil” in The Passion of the Christ movie?

What is the word used for "devil" in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" during the scene where Christ is interrogated by the Sanhedrin? The word "devil" appears in the English subtitles ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever attempted a local substitute for the word Amen?

The suffix 'Amen' has been in use in the prayers of virtually all Christian denominations across the world, though the pronunciation differs from place to place. Given that the names of God and Jesus ...
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Is the gender of the Holy Spirit, feminine or masculine? [closed]

I know the Holy Spirit (רוח הקודש) is usually referred to as masculine. But, what is the reason for that? The Hebrew word רוח (ruach; "wind; spirit") is one of the few words that is sometimes used as ...
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Was the first gospel written in Hebrew?

I found this website that basically says that some if not all of the gospel could have been written in Hebrew. Is this theory supported today and by whom? Scholars and school of though would be ...
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Martin Luther Quotes Regarding Hebrew

In the Hebrew language we hear God speak...thus study directed toward learning this language might rightly be called a kind of worship. This quote shows up several times on the internet attributed to ...
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On what basis is Genesis 1 said to be Hebrew poetry?

I've heard several knowledgeable people state that Genesis 1 is using Hebrew poetic language, but I recently ran across some counter arguments against the view that Genesis 1 contains poetry in the ...
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What is the significance of verb choices in Genesis 1?

I was surprised recently when I read Genesis 1 again, and noticed how inactive God is during the creation process. I mean that from a literary standpoint, not a literal one... bear with me. :) Below ...
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Meaning of the original Hebrew of “thou shall not” in the ten commandments

I noticed that in German (Luther's translation) it says "Du sollst nicht" for "thou shall not." To me, this sounds more like "thou should not," which makes more sense to me, because if the Almighty ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

What's the difference between these two words other than obviously the spelling. I've seen some songs write Alleluia which sounds very similar to Hallelujah when sung.
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Were Jews in Jesus' day binitarian?

Is it true that Jews during Jesus' lifetime were binitarian, that is believing that God was one being in two persons similar to how Christians have historically believed and taught that God is ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

We see in Acts 11:24-26 (NRSVCE): "For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and ...
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

Elohim being referred to as the Father whom is a God When one speaks of God, it is generally the Father who is referred to; that is, Elohim. - God (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)....
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Is there a translation of the Bible into Hebrew that is based on the LXX+NT?

What I mean by my question is this: Has the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament both been translated into Hebrew and put together in one volume?
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Reading the genealogy of Adam up to Noah as a sentence in Hebrew

I found the following theory that I can only trace as far back as to Chuck Missler (http://www.khouse.org/articles/1996/44/). It states that the names is the early Genesis genealogy have the following ...
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Why did God speak Hebrew?

God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger, on tablets of Stone, in Hebrew. When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets ...
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GOD/JESUS - Greek - Yahuwah/Yashuah - Hebrew

Growing up having a Christian background, I was taught to use God/Jesus to refer to the Creator and Son. Recently, I've come across some information stating that our Creator has a Name and that we ...
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What is the Etymology of the Name of Jesus? [duplicate]

What is the origin of Jesus' Name? Is it derived from the Greek god, "Zeus"? Here's some context for my question. At my church this Sunday a woman told me that the name "Jesus " was derived from the ...
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Is it impossible to think that after judgment day being thrown into hell and then not existing after that is way worse than being in hell? [duplicate]

I have always believed that if you go to hell your soul will be there for ever. After looking at all the versus talking about heaven and hell, is there any verse that clearly states your soul will ...
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Does Exodus 19:8 imply a will of the Jews to fulfill the Law in their own strength? [closed]

In Exodus 19:8 it reads: 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. The part I am ...
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What is morphological analysis, as it applies to bible study?

As far as I can tell, it's a technique used by bible students to better understand the original languages in context. How does one go about using a tool such as Robinson's Morphological Analysis ...
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Discrepancy between Yahweh (Christian Bibles) and Eh-yeh (Torah)

I am currently working on a religious drama and outsmarted myself. I come to you for help. Growing up Jewish, I did not hear the term Yahweh until I was 14 in Western Civilization. "Well, you know, ...
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Difference in Hebrew between חֹ֔שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ) and וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ (wə·ḥō·šeḵ)

I was wondering if anyone would be able to provide illumination on the difference between the following Hebrew words. Both utilize the same Strong's definition # 2822. ḥō·šeḵ | חֹ֔שֶׁךְ | Reference ...
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Jeremiah 23:6 - “The LORD Our Righteousness” or “The LORD shall call him “Our Righteousness””?

In the Hebrew Aleppo, Leningrad And Cairo codices, there is a separation mark between Yahweh and Our Righteousness. This is how it looks: ״יהוה | צדקנו״, Separating God’s name from Our Righteousness. ...
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Some questions concerning Aramaic in the Old Testament

I'm wondering which parts of the bible were written in Aramaic? I believe certain parts of Daniel were written in Aramaic. Which parts exactly and is there anywhere else in the bible that were written ...
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Caleb Name Meaning (Hebrew)

I am not Hebrew expert, but I have been interested in the Hebrew meaning of my name, Caleb. There are many places that say that Caleb translates as dog, but has the meaning of the loyalty of a dog. ...
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Could the Tetragrammaton YHWH be an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing

I was thinking about YHWH today and realized an early on name for God might have been the sound of breathing as God breathed life into us, then imagined how you might write that and realized YHWH, if ...
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Is Jesus the real name of Jesus or is it some kind of translation? [duplicate]

Do these small names we found in bible like Peter, Paul, Jesus, Christ used in Jerusalem or Israel 2000 years ago or are they just translations? Since Jesus was not speaking English, what was his ...
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Confused About - Judism - Christanity - Hebrew Bible - Old Testament - New Testament! [closed]

I was watching a movie "Exodus - Gods and Kings" yesterday and I came to know about Moses. I am a Hindu by religion but I got curious about Moses and his deeds and how he brought changes to the lives ...