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Biblical Hebrew word roots are real. Strong’s Concordance is controversial, but Key 6 of mastery authenticates it as a valuable Bible study tool.
Strong’s concordance commentaries practically revolve around Key 6, Biblical Hebrew word roots. Without fail, he notes them with the term primitive root. When it’s another word, he always tells you what the primitive root is. In the online version, at UnlockBibleMeaning.com there’s a link on all of Strong’s numbers so you can easily navigate and display these Biblical Hebrew word roots and related words one under each other.
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This course is not about Biblical Hebrew and grammar. Nonetheless, here are a few points to keep in mind.
Each letter can have dots and dashes below, above, or at the side. These nekudot denote vowel accents for pronunciation. The Masoretes, responsible for transcribing the scriptures, added this vocalization aid about 600 AD, over a thousand years after the completion of the Old Testament.
In other words, these pronunciation signs were not present in the original scriptures when finalized. Pronunciation was an oral transmission from generation to generation, and it did go awry. This is the reason nobody knows the exact pronunciation of YHVH. There’s no point trying to figure it out and promote a specific pronunciation to the exclusion of all others. Not taking God’s name in vain is not about pronunciation, it refers to respect for God and the meaning of His multiple names, as we saw in Key 5.
The absence of nekudot in the original scriptures is the reason I can say H6194, naked, and H6195, subtle, are identical. Once you drop the signs, the three-letter words are the same. That’s why Biblical Hebrew word roots are disconcerting and fascinating at the same time. Their study, as the basis of Biblical Hebrew, and their meanings are more important than learning grammar and tenses. The latter can be interesting technically, but unlocking Bible meaning comes from mastering Biblical Hebrew words roots and the seven keys we’re learning in this course.
To anchor Key 6 and Biblical Hebrew word roots, do the following exercises on your own. At UnlockBibleMeaning.com open Strong’s concordance to any number.
- Find some primitive roots, as indicated by Strong.
- Click on Previous / Next 5 to find derivatives with the same 3-letter root. Strong always point to the Biblical Hebrew word root.
- Find roots with the same letters but different nekudot. What’s important are the roots, not the nekudot. Look at the meaning and KJV translations. try to find the meanings also using the first 5 Keys.
- Don’t guess or speculate at word meanings. When in doubt, hold off judgment. Use the link Hebrew Concordance for H… below each Strong entry to find all the verses with the given word. Read, study, meditate before drawing conclusions.
Use of contributions
At the end of Key 5, I asked for contributions. One use is to enhance the online Strong’s Concordance. Here are some future projects to help you with your Bible study.
- Display all related words to a root with one click rather than hunting them with Previous / Next 5. Because of prefixes and vowels, derivatives can be hundreds of words away and impossible to scroll to. With programming, however, we can pull them all together.
- Find all interrelated Biblical Hebrew word roots and their derivatives. This is the next level of study. Shabbat has two such derivatives. More in the last Key.
- Make the Concordance Mobile friendly.
- Make the Bible and Concordance Search Engine friendly so more people can find this information.
Your contributions will help develop and grow UnlockBibleMeaning.com and spread this method to more and more people around the world. Thank you.
Beyond Biblical Hebrew word roots as simple vocabulary
Each root is a piece of the Bible puzzle, each derivative of a root is part of its contour. With a puzzle, you paint the picture first and then cut it into pieces for people to assemble. Here, the Bible authors, inspired by God, constructed the pieces over 1500 years. Although written hundreds of years apart, by authors who did not know each other, all the word pieces link together intricately. For instance, Job’s onetime usage of words, which we saw in the last lesson, assembles perfectly with Genesis 1:2. Origin of the Universe elaborates on the assembled puzzle.
The principle of the precise meshing of Biblical Hebrew word roots and derivatives is valid throughout the Bible. In my opinion, this is evidence of the value, truth, and strength of God’s Word. Personally, I never cease to be awed by its amazing intricacy and its simplicity at the same time. It’s mysterious, even foolish for most people, as Paul says, but when you understand through God’s Spirit, it’s additional evidence of the power and inspiration of the Creator in compiling Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21).
Strong’s Concordance is an important tool for those who can and cannot speak Hebrew. The KJV translation is also vital, with all the varied translations (Keys 1 & 2), essential to help us understand the contours of words. Keys 3, (concrete-abstract) 4 (literal-figurative) & 5 (meaning of names) are God’s inspiration for conveying His spiritual plan through words that hide the meaning from those without the things of God. We can understand what others consider foolishness.
This course, with the help of Strong’s concordance and the Interlinear Bible, is like a door with 7 Keys for 7 locks. All have individual mechanisms. You’ve got to insert the 7 Keys and turn them simultaneously to unlock Bible meaning. It’s not just one word, verse, or book; it’s Godview, everything together. Strong’s Concordance is simply a tool we use to unlock and assemble dimensions from the Biblical Hebrew word roots and derivatives.
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