This picture is supposed to represent how we shouldn’t take things at “face value” but that we should investigate everything. While I believe that as a student of His Word we are to study, I study from a perspective of discovering MORE truth….assuming that His Word is true, but just wanting a deeper revelation of the truth that I already believe exists.
The past few weeks I have been led to study faith. And today I have been studying about repentance and the heart…maybe I will share that later, but today while I was studying about the heart I got on http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/ which although I do read from time to time I don’t agree with everything he says of course. Something he said regarding the translation of Hebrew words really jumped out at me, which was this:
“Ex. 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua
This is a Greco-Roman translation of the Hebrew which literally reads, “and YHWH said to Mosheh, write this remembrance in the scroll and place it in the ears of Yehoshu’a.” Notice the difference? The literal translation of the Hebrew has Mosheh placing the scroll that was written upon, into the ear of Yeshoshu’a. While this is not meant to be taken literally, but figuratively, it clearly demonstrates how the Ancient Hebrews thought and wrote, from a concrete perspective.
One of the major differences betwen our own Greco-Roman thought and the thought of the Ancient Hebrews, is that we commonly use abstract terms and thought while the Ancient Hebrews did not, but instead, thought and used terms that are concrete in nature. The following verse will easily demonstrate this difference
KJV Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
The word “faith” is an abstract word. The Hebrew behind this word is “emunah.” If we examine other passages that use this Hebrew word, and the context that it is used in, we can find its original concrete meaning.
KJV Exodus 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.