Is It More Spiritual To Use Hebrew Terms
The question came from a reader on our site is "Is it more spiritual to sprinkle Hebrew terms throughout our messages or writings? The apostles didn't, in the N.T."
We must understand that they they spoke Hebrew or a dialect of Hebrew called Aramaic.
Hebrew Terms Questions? from this Website
"Dear Mr. Roberts,
I started reading your article with interest. However, when I got to a Bible reference in Hebrew with no English equivalent, I stopped right there. It's nice that you know Hebrew. I wish I did. Many of my friends, likewise, do not know Hebrew. Therefore, I cannot recommend this article to them, although it made several good points before I stopped reading. I DO NOT THINK IT MORE SPIRITUAL TO SPRINKLE HEBREW TERMS THROUGHOUT OUR MESSAGES OR WRITINGS. THE APOSTLES DIDN'T, IN THE N.T. They wrote in the common language of the people at that time, so they could UNDERSTAND what was written. I know this is a growing trend to sprinkle Hebrew amongst certain people. It is nice, like I said, to know this language. I do believe it will be the main or one of the two, main languages of earth in the future, for Israel will be "the head and not the tail." (Deut. 28:1,13; Zechariah 8:20-23; Isaiah 60:10-12)
My friends and I (of whom there are many!) do not believe in returning to the Old Law to find favor with God, as, for instance, Romans 7:1-7 so clearly teaches. Many of the people who sprinkle Hebrew into their teachings are of that persuasion. My friends would be IMMEDIATELY SUSPICIOUS of your teachings as being "colored" with excessive Judaism. Therefore, they would quickly lose patience with studying from such sources. They are looking for objective sources, uncolored by Sabbatarianism, which we all do reject as being part of the Old Law not found as a Christian commandment, although some Christian Jews probably still practiced for a long while, as they did also attend Temple services, shave their heads to take vows, and eat only kosher foods (Acts 15:1-29; Acts 21:17-26) Following the regulations of the Law were not DISALLOWED, but neither were they ENJOINED upon the early disciples of Jesus. I hope these comments will be helpful to you, for we need more men who will accurately testify about the evils of Christmas, uncontaminated by excessive Judaism. Remember, "Give no offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Greeks, nor to the Church of God." (I Corinthians 10:32) You might also note Paul's example in I Corinthians 9:19-22. In applying this to your own life, would it not be better to speak in PLAIN ENGLISH to those who only know that language? Also, MOST of the people who desperately NEED your type of material are just like my hundreds of friends and myself: millions do not know Hebrew (yet) and thus must be communicated to in their own, native tongue. God bless!"
Reply to the Question "Is It More Spiritual Hebrew Terms"
First of all we must look to the father of faith, Abraham who is a Hebrew and spoke Hebrew. We are not learning Jewish way but want to learn and understand our father of Faith and his sons, because YAHWEH gave him the promise and we of his seed by YAHSHUA.
As we have walked this road of belief by faith, we have found that by learning these Hebrew words gives us a much better understanding of what YAHWEH and YAHSHUA are saying to us in the Scriptures. We started one word at a time, but you have to make a start.
There is a another aspect, that the translators could not find words that directly translate to the new language, so they would find something that was close or many times in Greek and Roman times they would use one of their gods or goddess that had certain attributes that looked similar. This is how we get pagan god names grace and charity and others in today's Bibles.
The next point this person made is that the apostles did not "SPRINKLE HEBREW TERMS" in the writing, this person is wrong because the oldest text found at the Dead Sea had the Hebrew Palio names in the Greek writings.
Old Testment, Sprinkling of Hebrew
There is no such things " The Old Testament nor is there a New Testment book, the gospel according to Matthew 5:17-19
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
What does he mean by fullfil- Luke 24:44 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
This is what is fulfilled means Hebrews 10:1-10 1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
If I had more time I would explain it and you read it for yourself, that is the biggest myth that law is done away with