Explore the Bible in the language of Jesus
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- The Gospel of Mark says, “they shall take up serpents.” Do you think it means actual snakes? Not in Aramaic.
- Do you want to know Jesus’ literal last words on the cross? Discover what he said in Aramaic.
- Do you think Jesus is in heaven preparing a mansion for you? Think again. What he actually said is much better!
- Leviticus 6:13 says that the fire of the altar shall never go out. But we know the Temple that held the altar was destroyed thousands of years ago. Discover where God’s fire still burns
- Does God suffer pain? You might be surprised at the answer.
- Does God take pleasure in housebuilding, plumbing, and rock-and-roll?
- How many encounters have you had with an angel and never realized it?
- How do you move from agreeing with what the devil is telling you to making him flee in torment?
- What really happened to Peter the night before Jesus was crucified?
Aramaic Word Study: Exploring the Language of the New Testament
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Jesus and the Apostles spoke Aramaic, the native language of Israel and the surrounding territories at the time. As religious Jews, they also knew Hebrew because the Torah was written and read in Hebrew, but their everyday language was Aramaic.
Today, mainstream Bible scholars agree that portions of the Greek New Testament, especially the Gospels were taken from what was already written down in Aramaic. Some scholars believe most of the original New Testament was in Aramaic.
Here’s the question: If Jesus and the Apostles all spoke, preached, and ministered in Aramaic, and if Jesus’ words and the story of his life were first written down in Aramaic why don’t we study what they said in Aramaic?
The Sermon on the Mount was spoken in Aramaic to the crowd on the shores of Galilee. Every parable Jesus shared was spoken in Aramaic. When Jesus sat with His disciples on the Mount of Olives and told them what would happen at the end of this age, He spoke to them in Aramaic.
If Christians believe that every word written in the Bible is sacred, even though the Bible we read today is a copy of a copy, and a translation of a translation, shouldn’t we also at least consider that the actual words Jesus spoke, in the language He spoke them, and the language the first gospel writers wrote them in are also inspired, and worth exploring?
Join ancient languages scholar Chaim Bentorah as he guides us in exploring the language of the New Testament.
“I am thrilled to share the truths that Chaim Bentorah and his ministry has gifted us with. The language of the Bible is a powerful and needed study for the believer. Chaim Bentorah’s insight and experience unfold in every book I read. They are from a teacher, which comes out in the pages so even the novice like myself can benefit accurately. I am so grateful for the materials that are available.”
Relatively a newby to Hebrew instruction but deeply enthralled by the ancient language – I particularly like Chaim Bentorah’s method of presenting his expertise and experiences – not demanding a “following” to his line of thinking but rather opening the door, allowing me as a reader/student to peek inside – to taste and “see” the Lord is good for myself. Thank you, Mr. Bentorah, for balanced, legitimate teaching.
“If you want to move deeper into discipleship, then Chaim Bentorah’s word studies will prove to be a bright light on your path into God’s heart for you. Let God’s word move from head knowledge to heart knowledge by finding out what certain words truly mean.”
“I feel refreshed and alive after every teaching. Chaim Bentorah’s writings not only teach the meaning of a verse, they get underneath the surface and reveal God’s heart. It causes me to want to cast aside my western assumptions I have projected onto the scriptures for so long and start over again. I look forward to the journey ahead. Thank you!”