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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (5 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589395344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589395343
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Benner, founder of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center (www.ancient-hebrew.org) and the Mechanical Translation of the Hebrew Bible Project (www.mechanical-translation.org), has authored many books on the subject of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture and speaks around the country on this same subject. Mr. Benner's goal is to teach proper Biblical interpretation by providing others with the tools needed to read and understand the Bible from its original Hebraic context.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Cooke on 14 Mar 2008
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A great guide to the way that English and Arabic alphabets (not to mention all other modern Latin alphabets, and modern Hebrew, as well as ancient Greek, Phonecian, and Aramaic) have all derived from the shared root of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet. Benner uses charts to draw out the diverging evolutionary paths of the alphabets in a very visual way that is easy to understand. Most illuminating, for me, were the appendices containing the ancient Hebrew alphabet (with "translations" of the meaning of each letter), and the parent root dictionary (which shows how two or more letters are combined to create a more complex meaning, which can then be further refined by adding additional letters). For example, the pictographs for the letters "P" and "D" mean "mouth / open" and "door" - so "PD" means "open the door", in the literal sense, and "redeem" in the ideal sense, for which opening the door is a poetic analogy. If you are remotely interested in language and poetry, then you will be fascinated by the ideas and information in this book. It is amazing to think that this ancient root language built mental concepts out of the building blocks of physical realities, and it offers an exciting alternative to the Greek emphasis on the primacy of abstract thought which has formed our own cultural inheritance. My only complaint is that there are quite a lot of typos in the book, but the subject matter is so interesting that I didn't really mind too much.
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A brilliant book into the study of Paleo Hebrew, a great book, a real assett to my collection, a worthwhile purchase
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Do'vele on 21 July 2012
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I don't know wher this person gets his ideas from, or how he gets to his final conclusions, but he has succeeded in writing the biggest load of rubbish I have had the mis-fortune to read.
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A most excellent intro to ancient hebrew 25 Dec 2004
By Justthe Factsmaam - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. The rare opinion stated as fact and the few faith based comments do not change my feeling that this is a good intro to the subject.

I am a borderline agnostic with a sincere interest in Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, early Phoenecian scripts, etc. I don't care about anyone else's religious beliefs and I don't care if the occasional prejudice slips through between the lines now & then when I am reading the works of authors with a passion for their faith, as long as I am learning something in a subject of interest.

Sure, I disagreed with a few of Mr. Benner's opinions here and there but in the end I have to say that this is the single best book I have seen that teaches introductory 'Ancient Hebrew 101' in such a clear, readable, and most importantly, learnable fashion. Now I can order Mr. Benner's other books with confidence that I will actually learn a good deal of the subject matter rather than fall asleep trying to stay focused on the dry, boring, dull treatment of ancient scripts given by snobbish academians whose obvious priority is trying to impress their peers rather than actually teach the neophytes.

Another good book on ancient scripts is "Mysteries of the Alphabet" by Ouaknin.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Info for Any Bible Student 9 Aug 2005
By Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
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The book actually contains only about 50 pages of simple to understand background information on the ancient Hebrew language. The rest of the book deals with specific appendices that detail information on the pictographic and alphabetic characters themselves. All told, the info opens up a wide area of additional information on Bible names.
50 of 64 people found the following review helpful
If you want to understand Hebrew READ THIS 22 Aug 2005
By D. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful introduction to the world of the Hebrew Language. I have been struggling to teach myself Hebrew, and frankly was having trouble learning the aleph-beit. So many letters that look similar! Such a different type of writing! And why do they have three letters than mean "s", more than one "K" and two that don't have any sound, anyway?

THIS BOOK ANSWERS THOSE QUESTIONS, and more!

This book explains the origins of Hebrew, and allows you to see what each of the ancient letters MEAN. I had been wondering how the sages made determinations of the "real" meanings of Hebrew words by looking at the letters that make them up, and now I know! This book will open a window to the Hebrew Language that will "turn you on" to how the language works, and how it affects the Jewish Faith. Their earliest beliefs about G-d will become very clear...just by studying the letters they used to spell his name.

GREAT BOOK.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Words as poetry 6 July 2011
By AM - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not quite finished with the book, but it is very interesting to see an ancient perspective. The words are a lot like poetry. The pictograph language is controversial, but it does make sense that the Hebrews would use an alphabet like this because Abram, who became Abraham, came from Ur, which was a major city back then and became a nomad. It does help the meaning of words that have been taken out of context and the original thought and intent has been a bit lost. I would recommend this book. I think it will need further research to correlate meanings, but it is a great start into the deeper meaning of words, and the pictures the words create are quite beautiful. The ancient languages were pictoral; Chinese and Egyptian were as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and helpful 8 Jun 2009
By Deena W. Packer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, along with two other books by this author make a great study package for the Old Testament. By using them, I am learning a great deal of the deeper meaning of Old Testament scriptures.
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