How Do Hebrew Nouns Differ From English Nouns?

English: Hebrew alphabet ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܠܫܢܐ ܥܒ݂ܪܝܼܬ݂ ...

English: Hebrew alphabet ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܠܫܢܐ ܥܒ݂ܪܝܼܬ݂ עברית: עבריתּ האלפבית (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hebrew is a very concrete language; it is what’s known as an imaging language. Everything is based in images of tree’s, forest, harvest, and etcetera. In English Nouns are people, places and things, in Hebrew the words describe what people, places and things do. In Hebrew you never separate a noun from what it does. In Hebrew they have what you would call a half noun and a half verb and usually they are spelled the same, this is called the nominal form. The nominal form in Hebrew refers to the action of a person, place or thing.  To learn the language you must learn the Hebraic was of thinking. You must open your mind to understand the thought of a Hebraic person to understand the language. For instance Isaiah 29:9 is translated many different ways for example the NIV translates it “The voice of Adonai twist the oak,” the KJV translates it “The voice of Adonai make the hinds (dear) to calf” and the CJB translates it “The voice of Adonai makes the dear give calf and makes the forest bare.” The word is Ayl (Alef Ayin Lamed) which translates a strong leader. The oak tree is considered the strongest in the forest. The deer was considered a strong leader in the forest. The direct translation “The voice of Adonai makes the strong leader turn.” People often read translations and come out with many misconceptions, you cannot take literal interpretation to Hebrew people when English translations are you basis because they confuse the listener. It is also problematic to be fundamentalist about a translated text when you don’t comprehend the original text, intent, meaning, context, culture or linguistic thinking process. The same word Ayl in 2 Kings 24:15 is translated “the strong leaders were carrying away.” Adonai can turn the hearts of a king like a river. We are described as tree’s planted by water in Psalms 1.

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