Fun with Hebrew Word Pictures

Hebrew is a lot like Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Each letter was developed from a picture which became a letter.  I used Frank. T. Seekins’ book Hebrew Word Pictures to develop the following explanations of words in Hebrew.  These are only my interpretations given as ‘food for thought’.  The Hebrew word is on the right because Hebrew is read, right to left.

שלום Shalom – generally defined as peace

Shin (tooth) means devour, consume, destroy or something sharp, Shin can also refer to the Shekinah or Divine Presence of God

Lamed (a cattle goad) means control, prod or urge forward

Vav (nail) means joining together like the word ‘and’, to bind

Mem (water) means mighty, chaos, to come from

The Shalom word picture could be:

To destroy the highest one that controls chaos. This brings some insight into why we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).  It is important to  pray for the destruction of the one who causes chaos in the city of God.

Or

The Divine Presence of God controls and secures the chaos.

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תורה Torah – teachings and instructions of  YHVH (mis-translated law)

Tav (sign) means ownership, make a covenant or joining of two things together

Vav (nail) means joining together (like and), secure, becoming bound

Resh (head) means highest or most important

Hey (behold) means to show or reveal

The Torah word picture could be:

Behold the the most important covenant that joins or Behold the sign secured to the head. This could mean that Torah needs to be written on our heads/minds (Deuteronomy 6:8).

Or, Behold the most important sign that was nailed to the head. The sign that hung over Yeshua’s head was “King of the Jews”.  He was the Torah in the flesh (John 1:14).

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קדוש Kadosh – holy, pure, devoted or separated

Kof (back of the head) what is behind, what is final

Dalet (door) means a path of way of life, movement in or out of

Vav (nail) means joining together (like and), secure, becoming bound

Shin (tooth) means devour, consume, destroy or something sharp, Shin can also refer to the Shekinah or Divine Presence of God

The Kadosh word picture could be:

The Divine Presence of God is what is behind the path of life.

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Sabbath – the day set apart by God for rest שבת

Shin (tooth) means devour, consume, destroy or something sharp, Shin can also refer to the Shekinah or Divine Presence of God.

Bet (house or family) means a physical house, a body of someone or something, family, household

Tav (sign) means ownership, make a covenant or joining of two things together

Covenant sign of the Divine Presence of God in the house.

שב Shuv is a smaller word in Sabbath which means to return, come back, repent.

Another Sabbath word picture could be:

Return to to the sign of the covenant. (Ezekiel 20:20)

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בלחם Bethlehem – the city where Yeshua was born

Bet (house or family) means a physical house, a body of someone or something, family, household

Lamed (a cattle goad) means control, prod or urge forward

Chet (inner room, fence) means to separate, protect, cut off

Mem (water) means mighty, chaos, to come from

One meaning of Bethlehem could be:

The body of someone, a family that controls, separates, and protects comes forth.

לחם Lechem is a smaller word found in Bethlehem meaning ‘bread’.

The Bethlehem word picture could be: House of Bread.

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אדום Adam – the name of the first man created by God

Alef (an ox) means strength, leader, what is first

Dalet (door) means a path of way of life, movement in or out of

Vav (nail) means joining together (like and), secure, becoming bound

Mem (water) means mighty, chaos, to come from

דום Dom is a smaller word found within Adom and means ‘blood’ from door of water.

The Adam word picture could be: The first pathway of life to come. 

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כהן Cohen – priest

Kaf (open hand) means to allow, to cover, to open

Hey (behold) means to show or reveal

Nun (fish) means action, life

The cohen word picture could be: To open and reveal life. 

The priests were to teach the difference between the holy and the profane, the clean and the unclean and the Sabbaths (Ezekiel 20:26).

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שמע Shema – Deuteronomy 4:6, “Hear O Israel, YHVH our God, YHVH is one.”

Shin (tooth) means devour, consume, destroy or something sharp, Shin can also refer to the Shekinah or Divine Presence of God

Mem (water) means mighty, chaos, to come from

Ayin (eye) means to see, to understand, to experience

The Shema word picture could be:

The Divine Presence of God comes from what is seen and understood with the eyes.

שם The smaller word ‘shem’ is found in Shema and means ‘name.’

Another Shema word picture could be: The Divine Presence of God is vast and mighty.

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רוח הקודש Ruach HaKodesh – Holy Spirit, The Holy Breath

Resh (head) means a person, what is highest, what is most important

Vav (nail) means joining together (like and), secure, becoming bound

Chet (inner room, fence) means to separate, protect, cut off

Hey (behold) means to show or reveal

Kof (back of the head) what is behind, what is final

Vav (nail) means joining together (like and), secure, becoming bound

Dalet (door) means a path of way of life, movement in or out of

Shin (tooth) means devour, consume, destroy or something sharp, Shin can also refer to the Shekinah Divine Presence of God

Ruach – The most important binding  that separates

HaKodesh – Behold, what finally secures the way of life to the Divine Presence of God (Seekins: “That which follows the threshing.”)

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