The Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament by Christians and the Tanakh by Jews, is an Ancient Near Eastern text, which was written millennia ago within a time and culture that is vastly different from our own. The author's perspectives on life and the world around them are steeped with their own traditions, lifestyles, manners and thoughts. When reading and studying this text we cannot interject our own cultural perspectives into the text, to do so would bring about interpretations and conclusions that are far removed from the authors intended meaning.
A portion of the Great Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea Caves
We will be examining the Hebrew alphabet, language, philosophy and culture to uncover the evidence that supports a perspective of these ancient Near Eastern texts that is very different from the way they are normally perceived and we will dig into the deeper meanings of these texts from an ancient perspective.
An Ancient Hebrew Inscription
- The discovery and decipherment of the Hebrew alphabet.
- The Hebrew alphabet's origins and evolution and its relationship to Greek and Aramaic.
- Ancient texts, scrolls and inscriptions and their relationship to the Biblical text.
- The root system of the Hebrew language and its importance to Biblical interpretation.
- The philosophy of the Hebrew people and its impact on the Hebrew language.
- The agricultural connection to the Hebrew alphabet, language and philosophy.
- The history of ancient Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic manuscripts of the Bible.
- The process and importance of Biblical Textual Criticism.