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 A different kind of glory. The Hebrew word chabed has different and deeper connotations. 
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The word 'glory' conjures up pictures of magnificence, pomp and acclaim. The Hebrew word chabed has different and deeper connotations.

Sing a new song
Seven times the Hebrew Bible speaks of a “new song” - always sung to the Lord, Such a song is the deepest expression of our experience of our walk on this earth with God and of who He is.

Sci-fi and the Bible
Before time began there was no before: language cannot encompass that first beginning.

Summertime
It is a long haul through the summer heat from the spring to the autumn festivals. The Hebrew tells us of the nature of this time and our task.

The nature of waiting
The count down to Shavuot (Pentecost) is a time of waiting. Hebrew captures the nature of this waiting
Heaps & heaps
Following Passover is a time of preparation marked by counting: a count down. But preparing and counting down to what?
What target?
Chattah is the main Hebrew word for sin used in the Bible. The implications of its root meaning are great.
Beneath the chatter
What underlies our conversation? A discomforting, pattern emerges from the early speeches recorded in the Bible.
Can God measure?
A measurement in the Bible appears inaccurate. Closer examination of the Hebrew shows it to be highly accurate.
Silence and the root of anger
The first attempt at speech between humans recorded in the Bible tells us much about anger and sin.
Abraham's call
We are all familiar with the story in the Hebrew Bible of the calling of Abraham. But what EXACTLY did God say to him?
Surprising openings: 3
Adam’s first quoted words are surprising.
Passover contemplation 2
Passover night is more than a reminder of distant events, for Hebrew treats time differently
A Passover contemplation
What does God want us to learn from this night that is different from all other nights, repeated each year across the millenia?
Honey and the bee
A land running with milk and honey is promised by God to His people. But then He wants them to seek honey from the rock. Messy imagery or something more?
The nature of faith
Is faith a matter of individual, inward belief? In both Greek and Hebrew, to have faith is to act with faithfulness.
Shalom and the philosophers
God’s place in morality has been dismissed in much of modern philosophy. Yet the Hebrew word shalom restores the Creator’s role.
The pope and the telescope
Here is an icon of humanism: science v religion. Yet, a Hebraic perspective turns the moral of the story upside down or, rather, puts it right-side up.
Torn: the nature of healing
In Hebrew, the word for heal is raph, which means to repair a torn garment. This tells us of the nature of healing.
Stumbling openings 2: "In the beginning..."
The opening Hebrew words of the Bible read awkwardly. Couldn't God have stated matters more clearly?
Purim 2: no noose
Esther comes from the same root as natsar, meaning hidden. "Hidden" suggests that we should look for some hidden message here.
God's marital status
We have all had to fill out a form asking for ‘marital status’. So, what would we enter for God? The correct answer may surprise you.
Purim part 1: the cause of the trouble
Stumbling openings 1: the serpent
The serpent in the garden of Eden seems nervous; his opening words to Eve like a fumbled 'pick-up' line.
Why the stars are there: humanity at the centre, part 2
In whose image?
God made and created us - adam - in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). Where can we look for that image?
Humanity at the centre, part 1
God comes in third
New book: Creation's Heartbeat
How might the Creator speak to us in the beginning?
The first verse of the Bible hints that we should seek that which is hidden. Creation’s Heartbeat explores the first four words of Genesis, seeking a key to unlock our understanding placed there at the entry to the Bible.
Recent Amazon top ten best seller in categories: 'Hebrew Bible > Criticism & Interpretation'; 'Judaism>Theology'; and 'Hermeneutics'.
To show the richness of meaning in Hebrew and to challenge readers, Creation's Heartbeat breaks new ground. It considers the Hebrew strictly in the form it occurs and using traditional Hebraic techniques but uses diverse ways to discover what the first four words actually tell us. At different levels and using different approaches, the findings point to the same pattern: the heart of the Bible's message is encoded at its beginning. The design is hidden for our sake, for its completion awaits our decision.
But how can we possibly test what we find? The enquiry adheres to strict principles, is tightly focused, and applies a battery of tests to the results. The reader is challenged to find any other way to read the message in the first verse that fulfils those principles and meets those tests.
In its journey, the enquiry:
      - reveals an eternal sign
      - demonstrates the prophetic nature of the Bible's opening words
      - decodes the first name of God in the Bible
      - shows hidden names of God
      - identifies the first adjective describing the nature of God
      - unpacks the title of the first book in the Bible
      - casts fresh light on key Biblical texts.
Bible Jolts: What we do
We aim to unwrap Scripture from a Hebrew perspective.
Each week, blogs will examine different phrases or bring out new concepts from the Bible. The results are often surprising or challenging as we explore the depth and inter-weaving of its content. We ask hard questions of the text and receive challenging answers - jolts to modern mind sets and outlooks.
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Why it matters
Seen as the word of God, the Bible both confronts and guides us. It invites us to debate and struggle. It is not our servant but nor are we to simply download convenient bits. It is not a manual or a handy FAQ about life on earth. Bible study should help us grasp the power, depth and life in its words - for the Creator is here.
We are to love its teachings (Psalm 119:97, 113, 163, 165) It is true and everlasting (Psalm 119:160). We are to study the word, meditate upon it, be taught by it, observe it, do it. (Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalm 119:78, 99, Proverbs 4:5)
We go off course without it (2 Kings 22:8ff). It is God's yardstick and plumbline and without it we fall into the sickness of society and in our own heart. (Amos 7:7-8; Isaiah 28:17; Proverbs 1:16 and 6:18; Isaiah 59:7-9; Jeremiah 17:9).
We are changed and protected by it. It is our armour and our light. (Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:105). Fear of the Lord is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)
We are all responsible. Responsibility lies with the family to read and discuss the word (Deuteronomy 6:4)
Our approach
Going deeper:
Apples of gold in settings of silver The book of Proverbs (25:11) speaks of "apples of gold in settings of silver". The richness of Scripture can conceal what is most precious. The Hebrew word olam meaning the "universe" or 'eternity' comes from a root which means 'conceal'. Indeed, the Talmud Hagigah 12a says the light by which one can see "from one end of the universe to the other" is concealed in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible).
We seek those apples of gold for "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." (Proverbs 25:2) Western approaches tend to treat the Bible as a Greek philosophical treatise or something to be accepted or (more recently) rejected according to pre-determined rules and understandings. The Bible's potential as the word of God, His many layered message to us, is lost.
The Dead Sea scrolls show the stunning accuracy with which the words of the Bible have been preserved. The Creator wishes us to enage with Him through it: to be stretched by its challenges and to discover its underlying and timeless story and meaning.
But how to go deeper?
We apply a Hebraic mind-set and insights to the Tanach, the so-called 'Old Testament', and also to the Greek 'New Testament' (whose original authors were mainly Hebrews working in a Hebrew context and language tradition).
Who we are
"Unveil my eyes that I may perceive wonders from your Torah"
(Psalm 119:18)
dancing with the Torah
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