[b-hebrew] Collecting Wow stories

Edward Andrews edandrews at adelphia.net
Tue Jun 13 02:01:44 EDT 2006


My wow comes with Exodus 3:13, 15, when I first learned that God has a personal name. For those who speak Hebrew, it is full of meaning. It comes from the basic Hebrew root ???, h·w·h, meaning, "to become" However, the name is in the causative form, Hiph·?il´, expressing causative action. This has helped me to appreciate that God's personal name is not about His existence but instead that he causes things to come to be or to come about according to His will or purpose. When He chose to free His people from Egyptian bondage, He caused it to be. Is it not comforting, to realize, there is no power that can stand in the way of the things JHVH (YHWH) purposes to do? Thus, He causes Himself to be the fulfiller of His promises to His creatures, His name alone assures us that something will be done, it is certain. Furthermore, a personal name to me equals a personal relationship. It boggles the mind to think one can actually have a personal relationship with the Creator of all things!

Edward Andrews

Grand Canyon University

3300 W. Camelback Road Phoenix AZ 85017

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Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006 11:11 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Collecting Wow stories

> Hi folks:
> I was wondering if you would be willing to share stories or places where
> your knowledge of Hebrew has let you see something in the text, or have an
> insight that made you say 'wow'.  I am not thinking of advanced studies,
> and the cutting edge insights you have made so much as I am asking us to
> reflect back on our early experiences with the language.  In some cases,
> later reflection may have led us to discard aspects of those insights, but
> their emotional impact remains.
> My purpose is to collect stories to motivate beginning students.  We know
> that learning Hebrew is a lot of work, and it can get discouraging.  These
> stories can give students, perhaps some even lurking on this list, a
> reminder of why they are doing it.
> A couple come to my mind just to get the ball rolling.
> First, I remember when I was first reviewing the declension of the pronoun
> MIN, and saw the Hebrew of Emmanuel.
> Another one was from Psalm 27:4 which reads ACHAT SHALTI ME'ET Y''H. 
> (Typing from memory).  When I first read that the vowels of ME'ET slit to
> MA'AT and I read it not as the preposition MIN withe the direct object
> marker, but rather as a construct state with the Egyptian noun MAAT.  "One
> thing I ask - the MAAT (Order) of the LORD."  Now I have had enough
> eyebrows raised telling people about this to think the proposal is a bit of
> a reach, but for me it has become a significant part of my reading of that
> prayer, as I seek the divine order of the LORD in my life.  
> My guess is many of you have much better stories and insights.  Lets
> collect them to motivate the novices on the list, and also to help one
> another encourage our students.
> James Bowick
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