The Pure Language
The Key To Understanding YAHUAHS Ways
Growing numbers of Bible-believers maintain that the first language of man was Hebrew. Among authorities, Noah Webster’s dictionary is not alone in tracing many English words back to the Hebrew language. Yet the belief that Hebrew was the original language has long since been replaced by the concept of an “Indo –Aryan” mother-language. A recent book reopens the question and provides solid evidence supporting Hebrew as the mother of all languages. Evidence shows that Hebrew is also the language of heaven.
“The curriculum of Harvard was full of Hebrew, and an early graduate thesis at Harvard concerned Hebrew as the Mother tongue. Noah Webster’s etymologies (discredited for 200 years now) were full of English words traced to ‘Shemite’ sources.” So reads the preface of author Isaac Mozeson’s book, The Word, in which he touts Hebrew as the original language of mankind. Quite comprehensive, his book has many examples of word origins traced back to Hebrew. Some literary critics rave at Mozeson’s bold assertions showing Hebrew to be the mother of all languages.
The noted etymologist Dr. Joseph T. Shipley says, “The Word is a challenge to linguists. The parallels traced seem beyond the range of coincidence, and call for a re-examination of our etymologies. Etymon (truth) must be the quest.”
Matityahu Glazerson, in The Holy Language: Source of All Languages, writes, “Mozeson’s work is invaluable. A sanctification of the Name is made for the sanctified language (Hebrew).”
Professor Louis Felman of Yeshiva University, writes, “What I have seen of Mozeson’s work suggests a far wider sharing of the world regarding the monogenesis of language and the primacy of Near East culture.”
We support these and other scholars and believe that Hebrew was indeed the original language spoken in the Garden of Eden, and was the inspired language of the Bible. Evidence shows that it was the language spoken to Adam and Eve and will be spoken again in the Kingdom.
Zephanyah 3:8 warns that YAHUAH will pour out His wrath upon the rebellious people of earth, and only the meek in spirit will be left. The Hebrew language will be spoken when the kingdom is set up and YAHUAH’s Name will reign supreme, as shown by the following verses:
“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that theymay all call upon the Name of YAHUAH, to serve him with one consent,” Zephanyah 3:9.
The Living Bible, among others, declares that the language of Canaan is Hebrew. The question and resistance against calling upon YAHUAH’s Name will vanish when His Kingdom is established on earth, because all will speak and understand Hebrew.
More scholars are coming to agree that Hebrew is the original language of both the Old and New Testament. Both were originally written in Hebrew (Request our ministudy: Was the New Testament Written in Greek?)
The Hebrew language existed since creation and will be spoken in the Kingdom. Hebrew was the language spoken by YAHUAH to Adam, and the language used by the heavenly messengers conversing with mankind. Whenever the celestial beings spoke to mankind, it was to those who understood Hebrew. Nowhere do we find the angelic beings spoke in Greek, Latin, or English, but to those who knew Hebrew. In the original texts, the Father and the Son were referred to as YAHUAH and Yahuah-Yeshua.
Richness of the Hebrew
McClintock and Strong’s Bible Commentary says of Shemitic (Semite) languages: “The Hebrew language takes its name from Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, who are ethnographically called Hebrew….In the Old Testament it is poetically called the language of Canaan; Ishayah 19:18, emphatically the language of the holy land consecrated to [YAHUAH] as contrasted with that of the profane Egypt. In its earliest written state it exhibits in the writings of Mosheh a perfection of structure which was never surpassed.”
Further, this commentary states that it was the descendants of Shem who spoke Hebrew and other Semitic languages, of which are listed 14 primitive dialects. A growing number of writers reject the anti-Semitic teaching that the original language was some “Indo-European” tongue. They agree with author Mozeson that Hebrew is the mother of all languages.
Weakness of English
Girdlestone’s Old Testament Synonyms says, “The Hebrew language, though poor in some respects, e.g. in tenses, is rich in others; and probably no better language could have been selected for the purpose of preparing the way of Messiah.”
He points out the variety and richness of the Hebrew language and gives examples, such as seven Hebrew words rendered black in the King James Version: there are eight words translated axe; 12 words for beauty, 12 for body; 14 for dark; 18 are rendered fear; 22 for branch; 26 for cover; 42 for cut; 60 for break; 66 for bring; 74 are rendered take.
It is deplorably obvious that in reading our English translation of the Bible that we are missing much of the richness and flavor of the original language. The exact shade of meaning is lost when 74 different words in Hebrew appear in English as the single word “take”!
How much more, then, are we missing when we deliberately remove the Heavenly Father’s inspired Hebrew Name YAHUAH, and call Him by some title derived from paganism? There is no reason to substitute any titles for the Heavenly Father’s Name as found in the Hebrew.
YAHUAH is known as the Mighty One of Israel in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the saints or believers are known as the “Israel of YAHUAH,” Galatians 6:16. His Name has deep meaning in Hebrew!
YAHUAH Spoke Hebrew
The first spoken command given to mankind appears in Genesis 1:28. YAHUAH warned Adam and Eve not to eat of the forbidden fruit (2:16-17). He again spoke to them in chapter 3, and they understood and answered.
YAHUAH communicated with Adam and Eve in Hebrew, which is the language of celestial beings and would logically be the original human language. No other tongue but Hebrew is mentioned in Scripture for the earliest of Biblical communication. It is the language of the oldest manuscripts and is the language specifically mentioned when people were spoken to from on high in the Old and New Testaments.
Obviously speaking Hebrew, Adam named the birds and beasts as YAHUAH brought them before him, Genesis 2:19-20.
The conciseness, simplicity, energy, and fertility of the Hebrew can be seen by examining the names of the individuals appearing in the early chapters of Genesis. All are Hebrew! Adam means “red” or “ruddy.” Eve (Heb. Chavah) means “life,” or “lifespring.” Just look at the names of other Old Testament personalities and you will see that they all have Hebrew meanings.
A Towering Change
The language spoken by Adam must have been spoken by one after another of his descendants, for “The whole earth was of one language and one speech,” Genesis 11:1. This was after the flood of Noah’s time, and the population had increased considerably. It was the time of the people’s journeying east into the land of Shinar or Babylonia, where they decided to build a tower for a name unto themselves.
Genesis 10 tells of Nimrod, the son of Cush, the son of Ham, who began his kingdom in Babel in the land of Shinar, verse 10.
The present world population is descended from the three sons of Noah – Shem, Ham and Japheth. All previous lines of humanity were destroyed in the flood. It is recognized that Nimrod was instrumental in getting the people together to build the city and the tower.
The families of Ham and Japheth settled in the plains and seacoasts. The descendants of Shem, however, did not dwell in the plains of Shinar, but settled toward the mountains in the hill country of Mesha:
“And their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go unto Sephar a mount of the east.” (Gen. 10:30).
So the Shemites stayed in the high country, much as did Abraham later, Genesis 13:6-12. They were not in the area of the Tower of Babel.
Construction of the Tower of Babel was the project of sons of Ham and Japheth, under the directions of Nimrod. Reaching to the heavens, the tower was to be primarily a monument to man. Around the tower the city of Babylon was planned in order to establish for themselves a fame independent of YAHUAH.
This is a prime example of carnal man, desiring to make a name for himself yet seeking all sorts of excuses to deny the Name YAHUAH, the Father of the whole earth.
Protectors of the Name
Shem means, “name,” and through Shem and his descendants the good seed eventually begat the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is very unlikely that the descendants of Shem (or Semites) were involved in this undertaking, for they did not join with those at the plains of Shinar. Shemites were righteous, and would not rebel against YAHUAH. Furthermore, scholars assert the Shemites were persecuted by Nimrod, and dwelt apart. (Beechick, Adam and His Kin, page 118-123).
Many people use the old excuse that the Name YAHUAH could change with the various languages of the world. Names do not change but remain the same from language to language. Neither should names be translated. YAHUAH is the Mighty One of the Hebrews, and His Name is the same no matter what language is spoken.
A Family Speaking Hebrew
The lineage of Shem is the key showing that Hebrew is the heavenly language. Shem means, “name” in Hebrew, and it was the Shemites (Semites) who continued with Hebrew as their language.
We find this confirming statement in The New Bible Dictionary, J. D. Douglas, editor: “Hebrew belongs to the western group of Semitic languages (the word Semitic is formed from the name of Shem, Noah’s eldest son),” p. 710.
In his blessing on Shem, Noah called YAHUAH the “Father of Shem,” and said YAHUAH would “dwell in the tents of Shem,” Genesis 9:26-27. YAHUAH, of course, was the Mighty One of the Hebrews.
Shem, whose native tongue was Hebrew, lived 98 years during his Great-grandfather Methuselah’s time. Remember, the earth was one language at this time.
Shem had nearly 100 years to carry on a discourse with, and receive instruction from his great-grandfather. Methuselah lived and shared a 243-year span with Adam, and another 600 years with Noah. Noah lived 350 years after the flood, and died only two years before the birth of Abraham. Noah’s son Shem lived until Abraham was 150 years old, and Isaac was 50 years of age.
So here is a FAMILY of which the progenitor, Adam, spoke in Hebrew with YAHUAH His Creator. Parents even today teach their children their natural, native language, and there is no reason to assume that Adam’s was any language other than Hebrew – by virtue of his family line and the Hebrew language they all spoke.
Inheritance of language continued down to Genesis 11:1, where the whole earth was of ONE TONGUE. Then follows the inset chapter 12 telling of the rebellion of the people who, exploited by Nimrod, joined him to build a tower in the plains of Shinar. It was upon the descendants of Ham and Japheth that the confusion of languages came. Shemites were not involved, and so their Hebrew language was not affected.
Here is more confirmation: we find in Genesis 10:21 that Shem is the father of all the children of Eber. From “Eber” we get the word “Hebrew” (NIV note on Gen. 10:21; Companion Bible note on Gen. 10:24, among others).
In Genesis 14:12-13 we learn that Abraham is referred to as a Hebrew. One has but to study the names of people and places in the Book of Genesis to acknowledge they are all definitely Hebrew and have names with Hebrew meaning!
Languages We Grow Up With
Children learn the language of their parents, even though they might be reared in a foreign country. It is not unusual for a group of people to cluster together in a foreign land because of the difficulties of language. There are many examples of immigrants arriving in the United States and settling in areas where their native tongue is spoken and their native customs practiced.
Many cities contain foreign enclaves where common cultures and specific languages predominate. Some are known as “Chinatown” or “Germantown” or “Little Italy” sections of the city. These people settled in areas that were less hostile toward their background, language and culture. This was true also of the Biblical Hebrews.
Beginning with chapter 12 of Genesis the Bible focuses upon the man Abraham and his descendants, Isaac and Jacob. As was shown, Shem lived 98 years before the flood, 502 years after the flood, and 75 years after Abraham entered Canaan. All of these men held a special relationship with YAHUAH. He was very real to them, as He occasionally spoke directly to them in their Hebrew language.
The Ten Commandments were written with the finger of YHWH on two tables of stone and then given to Mosheh. They were written in the Hebrew language. Israel stood before Mount Sinai and listened as YAHUAH spoke in a language they could understand.
Mosheh wrote the first five books of the Bible in Hebrew. This helped unify the Israelites and also establish Hebrew is the language of the Temple and worship in the synagogues.
It further can be shown that this was Sephardi Hebrew as opposed to the later Ashkenazi, which was influenced by the Germanic language of Eastern Europe.
The Sephardic is anchored to the Masoretic vowel pointing system, which shows that it was in vogue when the Masoretes established the system of vocalizing Hebrew by vowel points. The Sephardic Hebrew is the language of the Temple and has been preserved for us by the Yemenite and Spanish Jews. (For more information see Horowitz, How the Hebrew Language Grew.)
Even today young Jewish children learn to read and write Hebrew no matter what country they reside in to become eligible for their Bar- or Batmitzvah.
Hebrew Old Testament
The Old Testament was handed down from Hebrew originals, with the possible exception of Ezra 4:8 to 6:18 and Daniel 2:4 to 7:28. Note that in Nehemiah 8:8 the people were instructed in the law – likely in the Aramaic paraphrase, the language of the Babylonian captivity.
The Levites went among the people elucidating and teaching what they had heard so that the Hebrew Scriptures would be clearer to them. By Daniel’s time (495 BCE), both orginal paleo Hebrew and Chaldean Aramaic were used.
With the exceptions previously noted, we can safely say that the Old Testament was handed down to us by those who spoke and wrote Hebrew. It is apparent, therefore, that when YAHUAH spoke to these Hebrew men, that He spoke in the Hebrew tongue, and wrote in the ancient paleo Semitic script.
A Family Speaking Hebrew
The name Hebrew derives from Eber, the great-grandson of Shem (“name”). Eber was a Hebrew and spoke Hebrew. So did his great-grandfather Shem. Parents always pass down their language to their children, and so on. Shem would speak the same language that his great-grandfather Methuselah spoke, with whom he shared 98 years of his life in the homeland. Methuselah would speak the Hebrew language that Adam spoke, with whom he shared 243 years of his life.
Yahuah-Yasha Our Messiach Spoke Hebrew
Some Bible scholars believe that the second chapter of Luke (relating Yahuah-Yasha’s being left behind by Mary and Joseph, who later found Him in the temple discussing the Hebrew scriptures) shows that Yahuah-Yasha even at a young age was very knowledgeable of Hebrew and was ready for His Bar-mitzvah. He did read Temple or Sephardi Hebrew, although some say He also spoke Aramaic, a close dialect.
Later we learn that Yahuah-Yasha was in the synagogue of Nazareth (Luke 4:17) and while there read from the Book of Ishayah. Hebrew is still today the language of worship and is heard in the synagogues when prayer and Scripture is heard.
The future apostle Shaul, when struck down by the flashing brilliance of the Messiah, heard the true Hebrew language being spoken to him from heaven (Acts 26:14). This confirms that the language of heaven and the language of the coming Kingdom of YHWH will be the original Paleo Hebrew. (Note: modern Aramaic Hebrew script cannot be read by Adam, Abraham, King David or the prophets because they have never seen that script before!)
Angels Spoke Hebrew in OT and NT
In examining the New Testament, we find again that when one was spoken to from the heavens, it was always in the Hebrew tongue. In chapter 1 of Luke we read that the priest Zechariah was performing his duties in the temple. The angel of YAHUAH appeared to him and related how Elizabeth was soon to have a son who would be called John. Certainly a priest of the course Abia would be addressed in his native Hebrew tongue, the language of Temple worship!
Later we learn that the virgin Miriam was also visited by Gabriel who proclaimed the soon-coming birth of Yahuah-Yasha the Messiah, Luke chapter 1. Both Miriam and Joseph were descended from the lineage of King David, the ruler of Israel, of the tribe of Judah.
In chapter 2 of Luke we read of Judean shepherds watching their flocks by night when the celestial being came to them announcing the birth of the Redeemer of Israel. The language used to communicate was Hebrew and was understood by uneducated, pastoral shepherds.
In Matthew 3:17 and Luke 3:22 is the account of the baptism of the Messiah. A voice came from heaven declaring that this was the beloved Son in Whom He was well pleased – obviously in the Hebrew tongue. In both Luke chapter 4 and Matthew 4 is the account of Satan, the fallen angel, speaking with the Hebrew Yahuah-Yeshua, obviously in Hebrew.
This fallen angel was the “anointed cherub that covers” who was in the presence of YAHUAH until iniquity was found in him, Ezekiel 28:14. In Job chapters 1 and 2 we learn that Satan carried on a conversation with YAHUAH, which would have been in Hebrew, the heavenly language.
Resurrected Savior Used Hebrew
Acts 9 tells of the Apostle Shaul’s being struck down on the Damascus road. Recounting this experience to King Agrippa (Acts 26:12-14), Shaul says of the heavenly voice of Yahuah-Yasha:
“And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Shaul, Shaul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 26:14).
Shaul (Paul) inquired of the speaker.
“And I said, Who are you, Master? And he said, I am Yahuah-Yeshua whom you persecute.” (Acts 26:15)
This was after Yahuah-Yasha’s death and resurrection, and He was still speaking Hebrew! Yahuah-Yasha told us that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be in the Kingdom, Matthew 8:11, and there will undoubtedly be many other ancient worthies who have been chosen to be in that glorious Kingdom. All of those resurrected people will be brought back to life in a country that even now is speaking Hebrew as its national language.
Notably in 1948, when it was admitted to the United Nations, the tiny nation of Israel established Hebrew as its national language. Elieazor BenYehuda, known as the father of modern Hebrew, already had prepared an updated Hebrew dictionary and thesaurus of the Hebrew language. It was his desire to see Hebrew revived and made alive as the spoken tongue.
Today Hebrew is the official language of the land of Palestine. Jewish immigrants must learn Hebrew as part of their orientation and assimilation into Israeli society and culture.
Yahuah-Yasha Returns to a Nation Speaking Hebrew
Hebrew is the heavenly language. It was spoken to Adam and Eve, and down through history was spoken to all the ancient worthies. The prophets who were given messages from on high were those who spoke Hebrew. When YAHUAH had a message for a foreign nation such as Assyria, He spoke to Jonah and Nahum who understood Hebrew. They in turn warned the Assyrians of impending doom.
When Yahuah-Yasha returns, He will go to the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east (Zech. 14:4).
He will return to deliver a nation that is already speaking Hebrew. The Hebrew speaking Jews will recognize Him. He will come again to His own, and this time they will receive Him. He will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication and “they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for His only Son,” Zechariah 12:10. He will return to His people and save “the tents of Judah first,” verse7.
The Pure Language
It is at this time that Yahuah-Yasha commences to take charge of world affairs and will rule with a rod of iron. He will set up His rule at Jerusalem and it will continue to expand until it encompasses the world Micah 4:2. “For then will I turn to the people a pure language [HEBREW], that they may all call upon the Name of YAHUAH, to serve Him with one consent.”
“…the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of YAHUAH from Jerusalem,” Zephanyah 3:9.
All of those who will be in the Millennial rule will be speaking Hebrew and will be calling upon the personal, only Name of YAHUAH and His dear Son, Yahuah-Yeshua. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that YAHUAH is the King of the universe.
Our Very Thoughts Known
It should be understood that at this time we can pray to YAHUAH in any language, any tongue, because He is not limited to audible speech as humans are. The One Who made man’s tongue and ears can bypass speech, for He can read our very thoughts, “I am He which searches the reins and hearts,” (Rev. 2:23). But we must call upon His true Name which He has revealed to us.
“And he said unto them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but YAHUAH knows your hearts…” (Luke 16:15).
“And they prayed, and said, You, YAHUAH, which knows the hearts of all [men] show whether of these two you have chosen” (Acts 1:24).
The language spoken in Eden by YAHUAH was Hebrew. The angelic beings continued to communicate with those who understood Hebrew. YAHUAH spoke to people through prophets who understood Hebrew. The Old Testament was without question written in Hebrew.
In the New Testament, the angelic messengers spoke to Hebrew-speaking people. Yahuah-Yasha spoke and read Hebrew in the synagogue. He spoke to Shaul in the Hebrew tongue.
From all this evidence and more, increasing numbers of scholars are coming to agree with Charles Cutler Torrey that the entire Bible was originally written in Hebrew. A growing number agree the Bible was written in part or whole in the Hebrew tongue. (Request our mini-study “Was The New Testament Originally Greek?”)
As mentioned, Isaac Mozeson, the “new kid on the block,” has compiled overwhelming research validating that the underlying language of all tongues is Hebrew. He takes issue with those in the past who have contrived an “Indo-European” original language of the Middle East. This he blames on rampant animosity toward anything Jewish, including the Hebrew language.
Prestigious scholars are now having second thoughts about the origin of human language. Mozeson’s book, The Word, offers within its pages numerous examples of Hebrew as the mother of English and all languages.
Even our English word alphabet derives from the first two Hebrew letters, “Aleph” and “Beyt” (Aleph-Bet), which also begin the alphabet of many other languages.
The Family Name
Increasing attention given to the Dead Sea Scrolls reveals the rising interest in YAHUAH’s Name as well as new light and a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. (Pesher of Habakkuk, http://www.ao.net/~fmoeller/habdir.htm) While His Name has been revealed by those who spoke Hebrew, His Name, YAHUAH, is the same around the world and does not change from language to language. Shaul tells us the whole family in heaven and earth is named after YAHUAH:
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Sovereign Yahuah-Yasha Messiah, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph. 3:14-15).
Thus, if we are to be His sons and daughters in the Kingdom; and are called by His name, how can we hate the name YAHUAH now? We will take on His name, YAHUAH!
There likely are many changes we need to make in each of our lives, but making His personal Name a part of our daily living is a firm witness to the reverence we have for His memorial name YAHUAH and the coming rulership of YAHUAH and His Son Yahuah-Yasha ha-Meshiyakh!
“…only a Remnant will be saved.” Romans 9:27
THE REMNANT OF YHWH
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Foreward to The WORD: The Dictionary that Reveals the Hebrew Source of English
©1989 Isaac Mozeson New York: Shapolsky Publishers
In the beginning were these words. Come with me on an archeological dig. Let us remove the sands of millennia. We are deep in the valley of Shinar, reconstructing the Tower of Babel — one brick, one word at a time. Together we will change the way we speak about the way we speak.
Put away your dictionaries-with their charming, old-fashioned myths of standardized spelling and pronunciation, with their superstitious, tribal need to create a new language (“Indo-European”) out of ignorance of the ancient one. Take out, instead, your Bible-and a pair of human ears.
The Word speaks to you. Don’t worry if you’ve never read anything on language, or if you’ve never heard a Hebrew word. You will soon know that you’ve never heard a word that wasn’t Hebrew.
Let the language of Eden echo in your soul like the sound of your mother’s voice in a dream…calling you home from far away and long ago.
If you love words and truth, you’ll bear with me. If you are a language professional, you’ll need far more patience, even courage, to hear me out. Yes, I began from the Biblical given that Hebrew is the Mother tongue (Genesis, chapter 11). It seems to me that I have begun to prove that “all the earth was of one speech, with a unified vocabulary.” (The more words have changed, the more they have remained the same.) The “coincidence” criers cannot be happy with the mathematical odds of my having compiled all this data. Hebrew vocabulary has as much affinity with English as it has with Arabic. More English words can be clearly linked to Biblical Hebrew than to Latin, Greek or French. Most known English words, or their cognates, appear in this book. (Check the Index). The English words that got away don’t represent holes in my thesis. Many words have simply mutated beyond recognition, so the unused half of my files will wait for a later, bolder edition.
With all my idol breaking, I have remained too true to conservative linguistic rules to be iconoclastic. I am grateful for my brief training in linguistics, and for the century of research into Indo-European roots that often made my discoveries possible. I stand on the shoulders of giants – though some linguists wish 14 get off their backs.
It was only a century and a half ago when a few German scientists brutalized Mother Hebrew and ripped her children from her arms. Languages without blond hair and blue eyes were systematically banished from the Germanic realm, packed into carefully marked boxcars, and shipped eastward to overcrowded and undernourished departments like Near Eastern Studies. No longer would Near Eastern, Asian or African dialects be called a brother language. These tongues and their speakers were said to have evolved from separate -and, by inference, inferior-families of apes.
New laws were instituted against the age-old concept of a universal, primary language. The irritating Judeo-Christian myth about Hebrew was dismissed as a typical Creationist fantasy which could not stand up to the rigors of scientific regularity. The new linguists never bothered to scientifically disprove the time-honored belief in the primacy of Hebrew, because, like most scientists and atheists, they worked from deep religious convictions.
With a sigh of relief, German culture was declared Judenrein (Jew-free). Accepted into the Indo-Aryan axis of languages were Balto-Slavic, Celtic, classical Greek and Latin-with all their alleged offspring-and even Indo-Iranian. Despite Abraham and David’s intimacy with Hittites in the Bible, Hittite (under the euphemism Anatolian) was allowed to hold an honorary seat at the same linguistic table as the Germanics. Hittite was long dead, after all, and who is to say that Hebrew itself wouldn’t have been venerated if only the Jews were finally extinct.
But no, in search of an honorable ancestor for the Aryan race, the linguists developed a theoretical, prototype language that could even claim Sanskrit as a child. And so, for the past several decades Western historical linguists have been the proud Dr. Frankenstein creators of a proto “Indo-European” language that curiously favors the Germanic element.
Who would research Hebrew as the root language when even the Ph.D’s in Semitics hung Hebrew out on a limb called West Semitic? Nobody uncovered a clay tablet of Proto-Semitic, but surely, the argument went, Hebrew evolved from older more cumbersome languages. The de-evolution of words, and the ongoing corruption of humankind, was simply not considered.
The logic was consistent with Bible criticism. If the Babylonians and other peoples (including American Indians) all have a flood myth, then the Biblical flood must also be a myth borrowed from an older source (or a coincidental contrivance invented to explain a natural phenomenon.) It was out of the question to think that Noah’s flood was a fact, and that only the God-given Bible got the facts right, uncolored by cultural corruption over the generations.
Returning to language, the Hebrews are not the only people said to have “invented the myth” of a primordial tongue. They are the only surviving human entity, however, to preserve that language and to study its boundless, superhuman profundity and engineering with lifelong joy. Hebrew was spoken long before there was a Judea or an Abraham, but Hebrew was too much associated with Jews to be tolerated.
This book has roots in my own history in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a child I would take Sabbath morning walks to places where I read the Hebrew tombstones and diaries of pilgrims like William Bradford. Governor Bradford was a new Hebrew in the Promised Land of America. (He reverently desired to study God’s word in its original tongue; I don’t know why so many Christians and Jews have settled for less.) The curriculum of Harvard was full of Hebrew, and an early graduate thesis at Harvard concerned Hebrew as the Mother tongue. Noah Webster’s etymologies (discredited for 200 years now) were full of English words traced to “Shemitic” sources. Most significant of all, if a vote in the Continental Congress had gone the other way, America and much of today’s world, would now be speaking Hebrew.
Decades of reconstructing theoretical common ancestors of the Germans, Slavs, Italics, Hellenics, Indo-Iranians, etc. have ironically legitimized what Noah Webster and the Bible would call “Japhetic” language. The third son of Noah, Ham, is behind the generic term for African languages, and white gentiles in the linguistic community have no trouble with the evidence of a related Hamito – Semitic language family. Let the Blacks and Jews share the ghetto, whisper the professors, as long as Indo-European remains lily white.
It was a little bird that first whispered to me the obsessive dream that this book would be for me. (And the nightmare that The Word must be for anti-Semiticists.) That bird was the sparrow, whose Indo-European root, sper represents the oldest generic word for “bird” in Western languages.
I knew a TSEE-PORE (Hebrew generic term for bird) when I saw one. I promptly left graduate school and began treating the dictionary as though it were compiled by fallible human beings. I was, in the next decade, to learn things about Hebrew that, sadly, are never taught.
Like physics or biology, language (Hebrew) is another divine creation that dazzles the puny human mind with its complex simplicity and ordered chaos. The three-letter Hebrew root is a chemical element composed of and charged by the dance of a pair of two-letter roots exchanging electrons. Only the dynamics of Hebrew, with its built-in synonym and antonym system, explains why LeaF and FoLio (LF = FL) mean the same, and why BAD and BET(TER) are similar sounding opposites. Only the vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew contains the common denominators of otherwise unlinkable words-both within and without the traditional language families. Only after mastering Hebrew can a person fully understand words in English, Basque, or Swahili.
Because the majesty of Hebrew is only faintly visible in its offspring, it is no wonder that intelligent men can still maintain that most words are arbitrary and meaningless, or that language is the result of cavemen grunting. Of course, some of these same brilliant academicians will insist that a chimp at a typewriter will come up with a Shakespearian sonnet if given enough time (about eight billion years).
As far back as Biblical times the tribe of Ephraim (linked by some Christian theologians to the British royalty) pronounced Hebrew SHIBBOLETH as Siboleth. After THE WORD gets around it will no longer seem odd that Hebrew SHIM-SHONEcame to be spelled Samson.
You no longer have to be drunk to read SOURCE as “SHORE-ESH” (the Hebrew word for root or source). You need only be intoxicated with the truth, and to read The Word with a clear, unbiased mind.
May You My Brethren Receive A Blessing