Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Aleph Bet

More than Words…

The written scripture tells a story like ordinary literature… but wait! Look closely. Meditate. 

Just when you begin to read the Bible, you get to Genesis chapter 5 and read a long boring list of Adam's family tree. Here is the list of the line of Noah from Adam.  
Snapshot from the video "Meditate on God's Word and Receive Grace Upon Grace" by Joseph Prince
The meaning of the names on the right column reads: 
Man appointed mortal sorrow. The blessed GOD shall come down teaching.His death shall bring powerful rest.

Again it is pointing to a person and this time it tells of His death that will bring about powerful rest.

A Little of Hebrew Alphabet
Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet or Alephbet is rich in meaning. Each letter has its own character. Each stroke has significance that writing a Sefer Torah demands meticulous and skillful hand. There are over 4,000 laws specifically for writing a Sefer Torah alone. Violating one of this law voids the whole work. 

Hebrew words are also read in their number representations called gematria.
The picture above are the first five (5) letters in Hebrew Alphabet or Alephbet. Reading from the right to left; Aleph, Bet, Gimmel, Dalet, Hei. A letter corresponds to a picture word. Aleph is Ox, Bet is house or tent (Bethlehem means house of bread), Gimmel is a Camel etc...  

Each letter also stands for a number. Much like how the Romans used some of their letters to represent numbers (I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, M=1,000), all Hebrew letters have numeric values. 

The table is read from right to left. The first nine letters increases by 1, the next nine increase by 10, and the last four letters are by 100. Now why is this important? Because the numbers also speak to us. Read more about gemetria...

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