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Bible study

May 5, 2006

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To the editor:

Bible scholars tell us there are four ways to study the Hebrew Bible.

The average Westerner reads "at" the Bible, assuming he/she will discover its complexities and mysteries by cursory reading. This most obvious way of reading the book is "once-over-lightly," known as a P'shat level of understanding.

Those who desire to understand its message at some depth will spend time examining the "hints" or "suggested" Hebrew-cultural meanings, the Remez level.

As one continues exploring for insights, the Drash level is the third, interpretative and homiletic level.

The serious student will use Strong's Concordance of Hebrew, an invaluable tool. Any written work that's endured two or more language translations has subtle changes from the original. Strong's compares and contrasts these subtleties.

The fourth level of understanding - according to Hebrew sages - is the Sod level. This level brings us to the secret meaning. Each Hebrew letter has an accompanying numerical value. The gematria meaning of an individual word holds secret implications.

The Jews are known as the "People of the Book." Believers are indebted to them for passing the Tanakh down through their generations without error.

Sadly, the first copies of New Testament books and letters were destroyed and/or lost. However, they were written by Jewish- and Hebrew-speaking writers including the disciples Paul and other Jewish leaders. Only early Greek translations survive.

To surmise that the Bible is a mythological book without a thorough study at all levels of understanding is naive and uninformed.

Carrol Mills,

Lawrence

Comments

Kelly Powell 8 years, 9 months ago

Understand the numerical value of each letter? Man you sound like that old crackpot who used to be on pbs at 3a.m showing how the circumfrence of the pyramid of giza dived by pi proves genisis 3:16..... Didn't manson find "secret meanings" in the beatles white album? I heartily advise you to go out more and quit looking for "secret meanings" in things or you risk going mad.....watch the movie "PI" for a better understanding of what I talking about.

blessed3x 8 years, 9 months ago

Yeah!! A Bill and Ted's reference. Ahhhh. It takes me back. Socrates Johnson, the Frude Dude,

Hey, i_tching, what number am I thinking of?

lamb 8 years, 9 months ago

The bible is the word of GOD. Since the bible is centered around Christ, it is not surprising that there is antagonizism towards it. Afterall, Jesus is the stumbling block to many.

Jamesaust 8 years, 9 months ago

What a surprise it will be when the author figures out that there's yet another way of understanding - and another - and another.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

Time to consign the bible to the trash heap of history. . . and good riddance.

Theoretical physics should be our new religion. Superstrings will set us free.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

What's all this nonsense about greek and hebrew and jews and such. The bible is the word of GOD and it was written by European christians in English.

Duh.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

"The bible is the word of GOD. Since the bible is centered around Christ, it is not surprising that there is antagonizism towards it. "

Is that a new Snoop-dog-ism?: antagonizism.

Fer shizell my frizell.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 9 months ago

If you want to get some insights into the "4th level" that she mentions, go rent the artsy-fartsy film "Pi" (as in 3.1415927...) from Liberty Hall. It's great.

Mr Y.W. Nightmare is going to have a hayday with this thread. I'm staying OUT of it.

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