Hebrew Bible Lessons


The power of the Hebrew Bible is its ambiguous language. It encourages YOU to put yourself in the interpretation. The more you read the more you get new insights. Naturally, this is lost in translation. This deliberate ambiguity ensures the Bible remains relevant to anyone, anywhere, any time. It’s as fresh today as it was 3000 years ago.

In our posts we will focus on the language, without referring to any particular religion. After all, a religion is already an interpretation. We will choose different passages or stories, explore different ways of looking at words, structure, and story, and hopefully find new interpretations, which may be less common but still consistent with the text.

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The Story of Sodom: Why Shouldn’t They Look Back?

In verse 16 we saw Lot’s pain and his hesitation before he left his home forever. The angels could see it, too, and with compassion took Lot, his wife, and the two daughters by the hand and led them outside the city. In verse 17 the angels give them the last instructions how to stay alive.

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The Garden of Eden Bible,hebrew to english

The Garden of Eden, a Transient Safe Place

The common interpretation of the story of the Garden of Eden presents God as incompetent, cruel, or at least as someone who likes playing jokes on innocent people. Is there a different way to read the story that shows God’s glory and compassion?

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