HEBREW for Christians
Thanks to Google and friends – one can find out about new and exciting websites at any time. This one I found out from a friend who studies in a seminary in Romania. It is a site that introduces Christians to Hebrew and related matters. It is really really good.
It is perhaps the best site I have seen for kindling a genuine love for the Hebrew language, and also for its resources. I highly recommend it: www.hebrew4christians.com
So – if you would like to learn Hebrew (it has excellent graphics and all kinds of study aids), listen to pronounciation, read some fine meditations, benedictions, and even some Jewish humor – this is the site to go to.
As many of you know – I highly recommend learning the ORIGINAL languages of the Bible: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It is NEVER too late.
I recently heard John Piper (who is now around 60, but his message was from a few years back I believe) say that he is still working on improving his Hebrew (his Greek seems to be very good already).
Personally (yes – I will be 40 this month) – even though I am not that old and I may not be an inspiration for some of you – I would like to work more on improving my Greek for reading both the New Testament and the Old Testament Septuagint.
One of the best articles I read for inspiration about the study of Biblical Languages is by John Piper. It is called: Brothers, Bitzer was a Banker. http://www.uu.edu/centers/biblical/documents/piper/bitzer.pdf
If Bitzer (who was a banker) spent the time and energy to learn the biblical languages (rather well) – how much more time and effort should be invested by people who minister in the church and beyond? Bialak puts it rather well:
Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your bride through a veil!!!
Think about that next time you read your English Bible. And if you are awakened and long for the REAL kiss/experience, start with Hebrew4Christians.
SHALOM! I have to go back to my Hebrew reading 🙂
P.S. You may also want to read this great article about biblical languages by Luther himself: http://faculty.bbc.edu/RDecker/luther.htm