Teaching the Ancient Hebrew Biblical Language of the Bible Through the Study of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet, Culture and Philosophy.

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Ancient Hebrew Dictionary

This dictionary of the 1000 most common Hebrew words in the Bible, has been available on the website for a long time, but we have added audio and a more detailed definition for each word.

The Ancient Semitic (Early) Alphabet

In 1905, Flinders Petrie, a renowned Egyptologist and pioneer in modern archeology, discovered inscriptions of previously unknown symbols at Serabit el-Khadim.

The Paleo-Hebrew (Middle) Alphabet

The Samaritans are, according to themselves, the descendants of the Northern Tribes of Israel that were not sent into Assyrian captivity, and have continuously resided in the land of Israel.

Evolution of the first ten Hebrew letters in Graphics

These graphics show the history and evolution of the Hebrew alphabet as it transitions from the early pictographic script to the modern script and its influence on Greek and Latin.

Anatomy of Hebrew Words

Hebrew words are derived out of the many Hebrew root words (parent, child and adopted roots), as demonstrated in the graphic below.

The Philosophy of the Hebrew Language

Throughout the world there are two major branches of Philosophy, Western and Eastern. Western Philosophy has its beginnings in the sixth century B.C. in Greece with such philosophers as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

The Aaronic Blessing from a Hebraic Perspective

Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection, Yahweh will illuminate the wholeness of his being toward you...

The Meshe Stelle (Moabite Stone)

This inscription was discovered in 1868 in Dibon Jordan. The text is the account of King Meshe and is the second non-Biblical reference to "King David" of the Bible.

An Introduction to Ancient Hebrew

This 4,000 year old Inscription was found in the land of Israel and is composed of three letters written in the ancient pictographic Hebrew script.

Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Chart

This downloadable chart shows the progression of the Hebrew alphabet from its origins to modern times and its relationship to Greek and Latin.

The Goat Hair Tent of the Hebrew Nomads

The tent was divided into two parts. The main section, behind the tent door, is the men's section.

Ten Commandments in Hebrew

The Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 in early, middle and modern Hebrew. See how the text would have looked in ages past.

Learn to read Biblical Hebrew

Have you ever wanted to learn to read the Bible in the original Hebrew language? It's easier than you might think.

The Mechanical Translation of the Torah

Genesis 1:1 - Mechanical Translation
in~SUMMIT[2363] {בְּרֵאשִׁית bê'rey'shit} he~did~FATTEN(V)[232] {בָּרָא ba'ra} Elohiym[POWER~s] {אֱלֹהִים e'lo'him} AT[85] {אֵת eyt} the~SKY[2512]~s2 {הַשָּׁמַיִם ha'sha'ma'yim} and~AT[85] {וְאֵת wê'eyt} the~LAND[2331] {הָאָרֶץ ha'a'rets}

Genesis 1:1 - Revised Mechanical Translation
in the summit Elohiym fattened the skies and the land,

The Mechanical method of translating, developed by Mr. Benner, is a new and unique translation of the Hebrew Bible, which literally and faithfully translates each Hebrew word, prefix and suffix, exactly and consistently.This method of translation will provide the student of the Bible with a very Hebraic look at the Bible without knowing Hebrew. The translation is accompanied with a dictionary that defines each word within its original Hebraic culture and a revised translation that re-arranges the text to match English syntax.

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Ancient Hebrew Bookstore

The books and DVDs available here are the work and vision of Jeff A. Benner, founder and administrator of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center, who has studied and researched the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture in order to uncover the original Hebraic thought and meaning behind the English translations of the Hebrew Bible. When the Bible is read with an Ancient Hebrew perspective, it comes to life in a way never before seen.

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Mr. Benner's Virtual Office

Welcome and thank you for visiting our little corner on the web. Let me introduce myself and my family and tell you a little about what led me to my interest in the Ancient Hebrew language and culture. My wife Denise and I have five children, Kristina, Dallas, Josiah, Jeremiah and Jedediah. We purchased property in Mississippi where we and our children are building our log home.

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Comments from Pastors and Teachers

I want to personally thank you for all your research. While attending a baptist seminary my first exposure to Hebrew was a one-year required class that at best taught me the aleph-bet and some translation techniques, while at worst, presented a dry, sterile course that lacked the breadth and depth I wanted from this beautiful language. I find your website and links refreshing, enlightening, and thought-provoking. It has rekindled my love for the original text and weened me from relying on the Greek text for my new testament studies.
-- Stephan Shardy, PhD

I received my Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College--JIR, Cincinnati, June 7, 1968, in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature and I find your work extremely well done. It's unfortunate no one before now has shown the interest and commitment that you have! Your work reminds us that we forget the concreteness of the Hebrew/Aramaic languages and we continue to try to project our abstract mind--set upon this powerful and down to earth language!
-- William M. Davis, PhD

Shalom! I just wanted to commend you for the work you do and for your website. I first learned Hebrew as a seminarian at Concordia Seminary (a Lutheran seminary in St. Louis), however, it was not until I became good friends with an orthodox rabbi that I truly learned Hebrew. Only then, did I begin to understand Hebraic thought vs. Western/Hellenistic thought, etc. The material you present is excellent, top notch, and yet very accessible to any interested lay person. I have promoted your work to my congregation and a few have bought some of your books.
-- The Rev. Dr. Chad Foster

I want to thank you for the tremendously insightful newsletter you send out from the Ancient Hebrew Research Center. My understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament original text continues to grow as a result of your work. You have greatly enriched my personal study and also my teaching.
--Rev. Dr. Patricia David; Vice President for Religious Studies; Georgetown Wesleyan University of the Americas

I am a PhD student at George Wythe College and their language of choice for the school is Hebrew. Your website is very useful in learning Hebrew and I am going to pass this on to my fellow students who like me have been struggling with Hebrew. Keep it up!
--Forrest Brown

Though we have never met, you have become a wonderful friend in my life... You research, writings and CD's have helped me tremendously... I am a pastor going on 23 years of ministry and have loved the Greek and Hebrew language of scripture for some time, but... about two years ago I came across your ministry and it has totally blessed me... I own most everything you have written or recorded...Thank you so much.
--Dr. John L. Mastrogiovanni, Senior Pastor

Your books and website have been and continue to be a great resource for understanding the Scripture. I recommend your site to all our students.
-- Casey Leach, North American Theological Society

Thanks so much for your help. Your books, website, newsletter and emails have had a big impact on me and my sermons!
-- Pastor Dave Lyman