Word Language

The diagram above on both modern and ancient Hebrew will be helpful to read and understand some of the word-pictures of some of the posts on this blog.



Language versus language

In the language of the western world (Latin and Greek based) (and east) letters of an alphabet have (1) form and (2) sound only, in the Hebrew letters of the alephbeth have (1) form and (2) sound as well as (3) meaning and a (4) pictograph (picture reference) attached to each letter.


Our western minds and modern language (mainly Greco-Roman in the west) are highly developed and specific. Our meanings and interpretations for a word is extremely rigid, narrow, limiting and one-sided compared to the actual Hebrew meaning of the same word. To argue this point we should probably take into account the ancient beginnings of the Hebrew language and its development.

Ancient beginnings

The ancient Hebrew started of as a picture-language, much the same as the ancient Mesopotamian, Aramaic and Egyptian hieroglyphs.  Even today the modern Hebrew language has only about one per cent (1%) or 9,000 of the words of the English language of 900,000 as found in a standard English Dictionary. Thus, looking at the ancient Hebrew every word in Biblical Hebrew contains multiple meanings, is dependent on the specific context for its meaning and can be interpreted in multiple ways. Translation becomes more critical than we might anticipate.


I also include a Hebrew calendar for some more perspective here.

More in a word

The Hebrew understanding of a word is thus, much wider and more descriptive and the meaning more practical and applicable to direct circumstances. See for instance the explanation on the name 'Daniel' as an example.

Word pictures (pictographs)


The ancient Hebrew scripts were quite different from the modern and were actual pictures from whence the letters were derived. These also had specific and pertinent meaning/s attached to them. It is from these pictures-letters and their original meanings that we are able to derive at a very meaningful and descriptive 'picture', called a pictograph, of the original word, phrase, letter or sentence when we study them. In many instances they are clearly God-revealed and beyond our wildest imagination.

Is it all really necessary?

Let me just emphasize straight-on that it is not required nor necessary to go into the Hebrew background and the ancient pictographs to get to understand the Word of God and His heart, or to have a close relationship with God. Yet, it is helpful to understand and confirm some of the translated parts (that are not so clearly translated or meanings lost in translations) of God's Word by bringing us closer to the original text and to explain to us the unmerited favour and beautiful character and nature and heart of our God. To many of us it is just such awesome amazing confirmation when looking at what is actually depicted in the ancient writings and then to stand back in absolute awe and wonder to say that:

"Truely, God's Word [Jesus] is absolutely wonderful and goes beyond human abilities, imagination, reasoning and comprehension to express and confirm His amazing and unthinkable love and favour for us!"

... that by the renewal of our minds we may know (have intimacy) with Him in a deeper sense more and more ... until the time we will truely see Him face to Face, the way He is.

And the New Testament?

When studying the New Testament I will be guided by the Holy Spirit and take into account that, even the Greek in many instances, were not accurately translated within the specific context.

All to know Him more

The word to 'know' in the Greek is ginōskō - (see also post on abahah-pictograph-agape)

Thayer's Definition is applicable:

  • to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel 
  • to become known 
  • to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of 
  • to understand 
  • to know
  • Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
  • to become acquainted with, to know 

... it is an intimate knowledge of Jesus, His true character of love and kindness and grace, and mercy and truth and faithfulness!



Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent

Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Deep intimacy

It is a Spirit-revelation, a personal touch from above and a deeply felt embrace that can only be experienced in intimacy with Christ Jesus - His Spirit abiding within you.

... with the Spirit of Love

Be wonderfully led by His Holy Spirit as you progress on this beautiful journey with Him.
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