Top Ten Hebrew Words

At the conclusion of the Adventures in Revelation study, someone asked if I could post the top ten Hebrew words Jeff uses in his teachings. This didn't seem too difficult a task, seeing as how I have the privilege of hearing Jeff's lectures over... and over... and over. What proved to be the most daunting aspect of this task was the request to limit it only to ten words. After reviewing the many times Jeff interjects Hebrew terms into his lectures, I realized it wasn't worth the added stress in my life to try and make a top ten list,so I didn't. Instead, I have put together a list of Jeff's top 39 most commonly referenced Hebrew words. So, without further ado, here's Jeff's Top 39 Hebrew Lexis List. (OK, so it doesn't have quite the ring of David Letterman's Top Ten List, but it certainly will be more helpful to you in your study of Scripture.)

Adonai: Lord. (Since pronouncing YWVH is considered sinful, Adonai is used instead in prayers.)

Al Beit: Above the House/Over the household. A reference to the one left in charge while the king was away. (i.e., Prime Minister) (See Isaiah 22:20-22; Mt16:18-19)

Beit: House

Bet Lechem: House of bread/Bethlehem

Bekhorah: Birthright

Berachah: Blessing

Chet: Archer's term meaning to miss the mark, to sin, to stumble.

El: God. Often used as an element in proper names. (Daniel, God is my judge; Gabriel, strength of God; Michael, He who is like God; Raphael, God's medicine.)

El Shaddai: God Almighty

Elohe Israel: God, the God of Israel

Elohim: First name used in Scripture for God.

Eliyahu: (Elijah) My God is my Lord

Gebirah: Official title of Queen Mother: a position of authority an honor.

Gehinnom: Gehenna in Yiddish. Literally a garbage dump in the narrow valley outside Jerusalem where a fire constantly burned in order to consume refuse and keep down the stench. (Syn. of hell) Ge bene Hinnom (Valley of the son of Hinnom): A place where children were sacrificed to the God Molech.

Halleluyah: Praise the Lord

HaShem: The Name. Word used by Jews as they will not pronounce the name of God out of fear of the potential misuse of the divine name.

Hekesh: Rabbinic teaching method which compares two scriptures that are mentioned together in one verse. Banging two Scriptures together to produce a greater effect.

Hillel: One of the greatest Rabbis recorded in the Talmud who lived during the reign of Herod (37 BC - 4 AD). Rabbi Hillel was considered to be more liberal than his counterpart, Rabbi Shammai.

Kadosh: Holy, separated, distinct, set apart

Manna: Literally translated as, "What is it?" Manna was the food that miraculously appeared and sustained the Israelites as they wandered the desert in the book of Exodus.

Nahash: Serpent

Rabbi: Great or distinguished (in knowledge). Teacher or great one. My master, my teacher, my great one.

Remez: Hint. Rabbinic teaching method which uses hints to express a point.

Shammai: One of the greatest Rabbis recorded in the Talmud who lived during the reign of Herod. Rabbi Shammai adhered strictly to Jewish Law.

Shem: Name

(The) Shema: Affirmation of the monotheistic message of Judaism. A Confession of belief in one God from Deut 6:7. Jews are required to recite the Shema twice daily. "Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad." (Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.)

Sheol: 'Abode of the dead' Underworld. Comfortless place beneath the earth.

Sheva: Seven. To swear an oath.

Shlomo: (Solomon) Peace. Shalom

Tallit: Prayer shawl. Shawl-like garment worn during morning service with tzitzit attached to the corners.

Talmud: Authoritative record on rabbinic discussions on Jewish law, customs, legends and stories.

Todah: Thank You. Sacrifice of Thanksgiving (zevah todah).

Torah: Law. (From the root Yarah) Law of Moses. Five Books of Moses. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. (In Greek, the Pentateuch)

Tzitzit: Long fringes on corners of tallit (prayer shawl) which serve as a reminder of the commandments

Yarah: Archer's term meaning to hit the mark.

Yehoshua: (Joshua) Yahweh (Jehovah) is my salvation. Also, Yeshua (Jesus)

Yehuda: Praise (Judah)

YHVH: God's name represented by four letters (Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh)