Hebrew 4 Christians made easy for you and your friends!

I finally understand the essence of Hebrew 4 Christians. Out of the blue, I had an opportunity to have a conversation with a Christian lady yesterday.  We spoke about all sorts of different topics. However, one that stood out for me was that she was able to quote the Old Testament (which Jewish people refer to as the Torah).

I have always known that Hebrew is important to Christians. But I now have a new understanding of the phrase Hebrew 4 Christians. What I am saying next, is only my opinion. I think that Hebrew 4 Christians refers to Christians who understand the importance of the Jewish Bible in relation to all the religious liturgy that comes afterwards. The Christian bible is based on the Jewish bible.

I need to reiterate, someone else may think that the phrase Hebrew 4 Christians means something entirely different. That’s ok, opinions, are just that – opinions. There is no right or wrong. Moving back to this topic of this blog, I find it incredible how much knowledge Christians have about the Torah and the Jewish liturgy in general.

Why is Hebrew 4 Christians written like this?

When I started writing this Blog, the use of the word ‘4’ in place of ‘for’ baffled me. I then realised that this could be a commentary on today’s society. We conduct so much of our communication via social media. This could include Apps such such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram or even just plain ordinary texting via SMS. I have noticed that the different age groups communicate differently via text.

The first SMS text was sent on 3 December 1992. It was probably a Gen X person who sent it. I can just imagine that the person typed in Hebrew for Christians, using the correct grammar. However, these days, as the Millennials and Gen Zs text, they are more likely to abbreviate their words to communicate more quickly, even thought it might be grammatically incorrect.

Hebrew 4 Christians and learning the Hebrew Aleph Bet

Some Christians are content to merely understand the importance of the Jewish Bible in relation to the New Testament. However, others want to take it a step further, and decide to learn to read Hebrew. They recognize that the first step is learn the Hebrew alphabet, known in Hebrew as the Aleph Bet.

Some people who follow the Christian faith, only want to learn to read Blessings in Hebrew, and Hebrew prayers. However, others want to learn to read the Hebrew bible in the original text. One such section of the Jewish Bible that draw people in, is Parasha Lekh L’kha. It might seem ambitious at first, but it helps to have a long-term goal.  

Parasha Lekh L’kha

Before continuing to write about Lekh L’kha, I want to give an explanation of the word Parasha. The word Parasha means a ‘portion of the Jewish Bible. Every week, in Synagogue, Jewish people read or chant the weekly Parasha that is read or chanted each week on the Jewish Sabbath, and on Jewish festivals.  I understand why Christians want to learn to read the Parash Lekh L’kha.

I see this Torah portion as the foundation of the Jewish people. Whilst there are multiple stories in Parasha Lekh L’kha, the one that stands out for me is God changing Abram’s name to Abraham and making a covenant, that if Abraham performs the act of circumcision, God will make him the father of a great nation. More information is found here.

How do you even begin to learn this ancient language?

For someone who has had absolutely no exposure to this three-thousand-year-old language, to start learning it can be quite daunting. The first piece of advice I want to give is not to be overwhelmed. Living in the age of the internet can certainly make things very easy to find. It is easy enough to conduct a Google search for Hebrew classes near where you live.

All you need to do is type in ‘Hebrew classes’, just do not forget to include  your suburb, and maybe your country, just to be safe.  Alternatively, if you prefer to learn to read Hebrew online, you can type in ‘learn to read Hebrew online’ and online programs such as www.easylearnhebrew.com will pop up.

How do you decide which way to learn?

Deciding how to learn to read Hebrew all depends on your personality, your availability and where you live! It all very well saying “I want to attend face-to-face Hebrew classes only”. However, if you live in an area that does have face-to-face Hebrew classes, then learning to read Hebrew online, may, in fact be, your only option.

Furthermore, if your work prevents you from attending face-to-face Hebrew classes because maybe you are traveling for work every week, or you have a long commute between home and work, then you might need to rethink how you approach this. It is important, when starting to learn to read Hebrew, that you are realistic as to how you can make it work.

The last thing you want to do, is get excited, start attending classes, and then realise that you are in over your head and then you give up because you are so exhausted! It is better to take more realistic approach, find the solution that works best for you, and then stick with that option. Even if online learning is not your first preference, that does not matter. If you will stick with it, then it is perfect!

To conclude:

If you are a Christian and you want to learn to read Hebrew to enable you to read the Jewish Bible, just start. Find the right program and persevere. The rewards will end up outweighing the challenges.


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