About Mr. Benner and his Family
Welcome to my virtual office where I will share a little about my history, my family and some of my interests.
The Early Years
In my younger days I worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as an EMT Firefighter and later as a Fire Captain for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Fire Department. While working a structure fire in 1990 I met my soon to be wife, who was a firefighter for another agency. We married and had five children.
My Biblical Studies
In the 1990s I began a serious study of the Bible to learn why I believed what I believed. My first exposure to the Hebrew language was with an Exhaustive Concordance which allowed me to see the Hebrew word behind the English translation. I quickly recognized that the translators were not very consistent in how they translated Hebrew words. This caused a desire to learn how to read the Hebrew text for myself. After a couple of years I was reading the Hebrew Bible and discovered a whole new world in front me.
In 1997 my local newspaper had an article and picture of the Temple Ostraca. I became fascinated by this "Paleo-Hebrew" inscription, which began my research into this subject. In 1999 I first went online and scoured the internet for information on the Ancient Hebrew alphabet and language and was surprised to find nothing, so I started a small website in order to make my research available to others and this was the beginning of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center.
The Nuclear Industry
For the past thirty years I have worked as a Field Engineer, Quality Control Inspector and Project Manager in the Nuclear Power Industry as a contract employee. My work has taken me to many nuclear facilities around the country and abroad and I have enjoyed my work and the people I had the pleasure to work with.
Our move to Mississippi
In 2007 I and my family relocated to Mississippi where we purchased 2 acres filled with pine trees. From these pine trees we built our log cabin. On our property we have dogs, cats, chickens, a good sized garden that my wife manages, and an above ground pool to keep us cool during the hot and humid summers here. Our eventual goal is to be off-the-grid and self-sustainable homestead. Everything we use, grow and raise is done organically and chemical free as we firmly believe that the many chemicals we use on a daily basis, from pesticides to body care, are the cause of many of the illnesses our society suffers from today.
Ancient Hebrew Research Center
As a contract employee I was able to work as much or as little as I needed, which afforded me the time to also work on projects for the Ancient Hebrew Research Center (AHRC), which I began in 1999. My philosophy from the beginning was that if people were interested in the materials on my website, my books, my videos and my on-line courses, and money came in from these materials, I could work less in the nuclear industry and more on projects for the AHRC.
Thanks to all of you who have supported the AHRC through donations and purchases over the years, I was able to retire from my work in the nuclear industry in 2016 and dedicate myself full time to the AHRC. This has provided me the opportunity to work more aggressively on many projects that I have previously been unable to work on.
The Torah: A Mechanical Translation (MTT): I began this translation around 2000 and I hope to have it completed and published by May, 2018.
How to Use the MTT: This on-line video course will assist students in learning how to use this translation to dig deeper into the Hebrew text of the Bible. This course will also show how one can use the translation to learn how to read Hebrew.
Heaven and Hell Video Series: I began this series around 2002 and put it on hold due to a lack of time to work on this project. I am back to work on this series and hope to have it completed soon.
The Living Words, Volume 2: I completed volume one of this series about eight years ago and I am finally in a position to begin work on the next volume in this series of books.