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Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Jeff Benner

Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Jeff Benner

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1. Pictographs - The pictographs provide the basic
meaning of the root as demonstrated previously.

Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet


2. Words - By comparing all of the words that are derived
from the Parent Root, the generic meaning of the Parent
Root can be found. For instance, "rb" (BR) means, grain;
"rbrb" (BRBR) means, fowl; and "rrb" (BRR) means,
clean or pure. The more words available, the clearer the
definition of the Parent Root will be.

3. Child Roots - All of the words derived from a child
root help to reconstruct the original meaning of the Child
Root in the same manner as mentioned above for the
Parent Root. All of the Child Root definitions will then
help to reconstruct the generic meaning of the Parent

4. Sister Languages - Semitic languages such as Ugarit,
Aramaic, Phoenician, Moabite, etc. are closely related to
Hebrew and many times the words are identical. The
words from these languages can assist with the
reconstruction of the Child and Parent Roots.

While the pictographs, words and Child Roots contribute
to reconstructing the Parent Root, the Parent Root will in
turn assist with defining the Child Roots and Words. The
use of this Root System of the Hebrew language is
beneficial to finding the correct Hebraic meaning to
words by looking at the bigger picture of related words
and roots. This can be very beneficial when attempting to
translate obscure or frequently used words. Translating
Hebrew words, which are only used once or twice in the
Biblical texts, are very difficult to define due to a lack of
context. But, when using the root system of Hebrew, we
can use the many related words derived from the same
Parent Root to assist with defining the word.

Jeff A. Benner


Even if a Parent Root is not found in the Biblical text, or
other related language, it can still be reconstructed by
using the above methods and still be useful for defining
the other words and roots formed out of it.

Appendix "E" is a dictionary of the Ancient Hebrew
Parent Roots. This dictionary gives the cultural
background and its relationship to the Child Roots, which
are derived from them. Appendix "F" cross-references the
Strong's Dictionary numbering system to the Ancient
Hebrew Dictionary numbering system.

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