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I did a thread on the Gospel of Thomas a while ago here:

This thread shows the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew alphabet.聽 It is the foundation for the sensus plenior of the Bible.

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This is the short catechism of the Hebrew alphabet:

They heard - 讗讘讙讚讛

God spoke and created the heavens and the earth 讗 and revealed to men 讘 that he pursued them 讙 with a commandment 讚 which they did not understand 讛.

They saw - 讜讝讞讟讬

They were distinguished 讜 as the bride 讝 when they did understand 讞. Through a marriage 讟 they became a new creation 讬.

The promise - 讻诇诪谞住

The Son of God 讻 taught 诇 the promise of the Father 诪. The Son of Man 谞 fulfilled the promise 住.

The exchange - 注驻爪

He was made to be flesh and bore our sin 注, taught in parables, prophecies and riddles 驻, and exchanged his righteousness for our sin 爪.

The revelation - 拽专砖转

The Son of God died and rose again 拽 revealing 专 that his Word returned with an increase 砖 and the revelation had produced new life 转.

The final state - 讱诐谉祝抓

The Son of God died 讱 completing the promise of the Father 诐. The Son of Man was restored to Glory 谉. Prophecy was fulfilled 祝. Judgement is ended 抓. And we became co-heirs with Christ.

Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. - Isa 43:10

In casual conversation if I mention that I have been researching Hebrew for more than 20 years, invariably I am asked why I would do such a thing. I explain that Hebrew is unlike any other language. In Hebrew, the meaning of a word is derived from the combined meaning of the letters within. The letters get their meaning from the jots and tittles (dots and strokes) of the letter; and the jots and strokes are derived intuitively as if our DNA was programmed to understand them.

As I started to study the Hebrew portion of the Bible seriously, I wanted to learn how to think like a Hebrew. I called a prominent Rabbi hoping that in discussions I would be able to discern how he thought. One day I suggested that since teaching was his profession, I would like to remunerate him. He suggested that I take his remote classes. He asked that I not talk about Christian stuff in class since it would just confuse the other students.

I think he forgot I was there. Perhaps he did so intentionally in order to allow me to see him and his students dialog about issues in a purely 'Hebrew' setting. I quickly realized that the Western Greek thought process, using Greek philosophy, logic rhetoric, debate and even myth was very different from the conversations I was hearing.

It was here, and from other rabbis I engaged, that I learned of the unique nature of the Hebrew language. However, they did not know how to parse the meaning of words from the letters. They only had a memory that it was done. One friend was researching the use of gates, which are two-letter sub-roots, within Hebrew. Much of his work relies upon free-for-all allegory. Another was researching the pre-Babel language through the assumption that consonants retained their meaning in various languages as the languages were confused at Babel. Another was researching the logic structures of Hebrew thought.

I appreciate the insight into the Hebrew mind from these men who I consider great thinkers in their pursuit of truth. Unfortunately, their various pursuits are limited by the restriction of data into their research. None will consider the claims of Christ, and none would confess to having read the New Testament, if, in fact they had.

This is an important gap in their thinking. They all agree that the Hebrew scriptures are written in prophetic riddle. Some believe that there are two layers of meaning, and some believe that there are four layers. But they are unwilling to consider that the answers to the riddle may be found in Christ.

The verses which Christians consider to be obvious references to Christ, they interpret as to applying to the nation of Israel, or to a mysterious figure named Adam Kadmon who possesses many attributes assigned to Christ. He is both God and man, and has the purpose of revealing God to man.

As they applied the scriptures to either Israel or Adam Kadmon, I saw Christ in ways that I had not seen previously, and which they would not consider. I could almost here the twelve year old Jesus in the temple asking: "Doesn't that rock represent Meshiach? Why was he struck? Why did the rock follow them in the desert? Jacob went to sleep on many rocks for a pillow, but when he awoke there was only one rock; what does it mean?"

Taking the rabbinic challenge to understand Hebrew words from their letters, I started with 8000 Hebrew words, and like a giant crossword puzzle, reverse engineered the meaning of the letters. Explaining how that was done is tedious and boring. When the words of Genesis 1:1 started making sense read letter by letter, the alphabet came together. Solving the puzzle and relating it in English involves choices of translation options from a metaphor in Hebrew to words in English.

"That was his Waterloo." The phrase uses a common metaphor which can be explained in many ways. We might describe a man who was arrogant and ill-prepared because of it. We might described a messed up supply line. Or we might describe a man fortunate to succeed by the failures of his opponent. To help understand this better, you may wish to watch the "Darmok" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Because the crew of the Enterprise could not understand the alien crew, Picard was forced to battle a common enemy with the captain of their crew. Through the real life drama, they formed shared metaphor by which they could start to understand each other.

The metaphor of the Hebrew language is understood when we share the real life events of Christ. Starting four thousand years before the event of the cross, God built the metaphor of the cross into the alphabet, words and literal history of Israel. Because we share the knowledge of Christ, we can now see what the ancient prophets could only hope to see.

Lu 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

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When they debated sensus plenior (the meaning God intended which was hidden even from the human authors) in the last century, they didn't invite anyone who could read it. Consequently, all they could agree upon was that they could not read the Old Testament the way the Jesus and the New Testament authors did. [1][q 1][a 1][s 1][s 2] If Jesus learned who he was and what he was to do from the Old Testament scriptures, even suggesting they all spoke of him, then we should be able to find him in them now.

Jesus made it clear that all the scriptures spoke of him, even suggesting that the dots and strokes of the letters were important. [s 3] This first work sets the foundation of the metaphoric meaning of Hebrew letters. One will learn to distinguish Hebrew letters from each other based in a mnemonic which is natural to the letters and which constructs a short catechism.

While learning Hebrew letters, there is a shift from Greek/Western thinking to Hebrew thought patterns where words have flavor and we can 'taste to see' that God is good. [s 4] For examples of how Hebrew thought patterns affect Biblical interpretation see Appendix A which is a Hebrew look at Acts 12 and Appendix B which is a Hebrew look at Genesis 38.

Metaphor is derived from the letters and words themselves in a divine double meaning, wherein they are verifiable and reproducible eliminating free-for-all allegory.

The reader who participates in written and video activities will be able to recite the Hebrew alphabet and understand the natural doctrine of Christ contained therein.

How to read the book

Pr 25:2 露 [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.

It has been said that if the Word of God is represented by water, that this teaching uses a fire hose. It has been called 'dense', 'rich', and 'mind exploding overload'. Rather than having it diluted, approach it somewhat as a meditation. Take it slowly. Consider the scriptures referenced. Draw the letters as described several times repeating the pneumnemonic as you do. If the videos are available watch them.

As a king, or one who rules over the flesh, consider it an honor to seek out the mysteries of God hidden from the beginning. [s 5] God's wisdom is hidden in the childish riddles [s 6] and he promises that if we ask him for the wisdom to find him, he will give it. [s 7]

You will be blessed as you meditate on Christ hidden in his word. [s 8] The Holy Spirit will help correlate the scripture so that you too can declare "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!" with Peter, as God reveals pictures of Christ in scripture that no man has taught you. [s 9]

Hebrew is written from right to left - Formatting a mix of Hebrew and English is difficult as you fight with the direction of the text. For this reason it will be rare to find a Hebrew word at the beginning of a sentence. Within sentences, Hebrew words will be written right to left.


There are several types of footnotes. Questions, References, Scripture, Vocabulary and Answers. They are broken into types to facilitate study.

Questions are asked to engage you in the theology being discussed. Since the theology is the mnemonic, engaging these as they occur will be most beneficial.

References are traditional footnotes minus the others which have been separated out.

Scriptures are called out for those who may not be fluent in the Bible and need a quick reference. It might be helpful to read these before reading the Chapter to get a running start.

Vocabulary is called out to help you build your own dictionary of metaphor and to assist those who are learning Hebrew.

Answers are answers to the questions. They are designed to engage you in the theological conversation.


  1. If we cannot read the Old Testament the way Jesus did, what confidence do we have that we can read it at all?




  1. Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
  2. Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
  3. Mt 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.
  4. Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.
  5. Eph 3:9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
  6. Pr 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings [riddles].
  7. Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  8. Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  9. Mt 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Mt 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.


  1. Jesus said that the Spirit would guide us in truth. We find agreement in the person of Christ. All other 'Greek' disputes are up for grabs until we learn to read the scriptures like Jesus did.

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The Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrews who thought and spoke in Hebrew. It was reinvented about 600 AD by adding modern vowels and then became a dead language. As the Zionist movement started to take root, Hebrew was reinvented again. [s 1]

Now it is now studied largely in English by Westerners who adopted Greek philosophy, logic, rhetoric, debate, and even myth, or by those of other cultures influenced by such Western thought. Translations based on the re-invented Hebrew, each have their own purpose, and in any translation, there are things that are lost in translation.

In Hebrew, the letters within words have meaning, and none of that is captured in any translation. The meaning of a word is derived from the combined meaning of the letters along with a knowledge of Christ. There is a riddle and mystery built into the language itself. But few consider the loss of these things because of the additions to the Hebrew language, to be significant. [1]

This study is based on the Hebrew that Jesus read. We can recreate it by simply ignoring all the things added to Hebrew each time it was reinvented. We do not study it for the sake of simply understanding the literal-historical record of the Bible, but to learn what God says about himself hidden in the language making up the literal record.

Mnemonics vs. Pneumnemonics

A mnemonic device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in the human memory. [2]

Dennis Congos [3] identifies nine types of mnemonic devices. These devices consist of ideas imposed upon the subject matter to be learned, that have no relationship to the subject, but are merely mental hooks to assist in the retrieval of information from memory. An example is the classic "Roy G. Biv" used to remember the order of colors in the rainbow. In Music theory, "Every good boy does fine" helps remember the notes associated with the lines on the score. The mnemonic devices aid only in memory and add no new information. One must learn gibberish in order to remember the important information.

Imagine if the knowledge of "Roy G. Biv" could assist in helping you to understand more sophisticated concepts of color, rather than simple the order of colors in the rainbow. What if it told you something about how each color affects emotions, or contributes to heat retention. What if "Every good boy does fine" helped to define chords, melody, or to understand music.

Pneu-mnemonics does just that. As you learn the Hebrew alphabet, the memory tools form a catechism of doctrine. They also help one shift from a Western-Greek way of thinking, to an Eastern-Hebrew thought process. There is a look-ahead function, where the mnemonics learned for the alphabet, get built upon as you learn vocabulary.

Mnemonics are invented, based on studies of how the human mind works. Pneu-mnemonics are observed in scripture, placed there by the one who invented the human mind.

The nature of learning

The chair

Imagine you have entered a foreign land and no one speaks your language, nor do you speak theirs. The master of the house points to a chair and says "beebop". So you point to the chair and repeat "beebop" assuming he is teaching you the language. He has you beaten. He was commanding you to sit. The idea behind "beebop" was not the same in your head and his.

To pass an idea from one head to another, there must be sufficient shared experience with the idea. A servant has been assigned to teach you your manners, but he is clever enough to understand that you don't know the language. He points to the chair and says "beebop" then sits in it. He points to the rug and says "aybop" and sits on it. He points to the chair again and says "beebip" and begins to clean it. He points to the rug again and says "aybip" and starts to clean it.

You determine from this short interaction that a chair is a 'bee' and a rug is an 'ay'. You also determine that 'bop' means to sit and 'bip' means to clean. You have collected experiences around the symbols; the words, which now form the basis for the ideas.

Understanding is a process of filtering experiences in various contexts. Consider the word 'bear'. It is used in the context of carrying things, and also in the context of the zoo. The other words around it help to filter your experiences with 'bear' to understand what the current context means.

Adam [4]

The servant who taught you 'beebop' forced four experiences into your head which helped you filter the ideas and produce understanding. Hebrew does a similar thing, but in a different way. Hebrew pneumnemonics would take the chair apart, and teach you what a leg, seat and back are, then put it all back together. Adam came from the ground and is made up of blood and spirit.


The Hebrew word for 'ground' is adamah 讗讚诪讛. [v 1]
The ground is where Adam 讗讚诪 [5] came from. [s 2]
The he 讛 means that the commandment was heard but not understood.
'Ground' 讗讚诪讛 is the Adam 讗讚诪 that doesn't understand 讛. [6][s 3][q 1][a 1]
The ground doesn't understand, but we are told that Adam does. When Adam sinned, he was not deceived like the woman. [s 4][q 2][a 2]


Adam 讗讚诐 [7] is made of the Spirit 讗 and the blood dam 讚诐. [s 5][v 2]


Blood dam 讚诐 is the commandment 讚 fulfilled by the Son 诐; a reference to the cross. It is a metaphor for 'life' [s 6][v 3][q 3]

The mnemonics for Hebrew contain more information about the subject being learned. You will quickly see that the system of pneumnemonics is not imposed upon the language like common mnemonics, but is observed to already be there.

Apostles used pneumnemonics

Three in heaven

1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1Jo 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

John is using the pneumnemonics of the words 'heaven' shamayim 砖诪讬诐 [v 4] and 'earth' eretz 讗专抓 [v 5] to derive the doctrine that he is teaching.

Father - 诪
Word (Son) - 诐
Spirit - 砖
Spirit - 讗
Water - 专
Blood - 抓

Mountain to the sea

Mt 21:21 ...if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Joh 4:24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

The word for water is mayim 诪讬诐. [v 6] See above that the mems represent the Father 诪 (Who is Spirit) and Son 诐 (Who is the Truth) [s 7]

Jesus used the pneumnemonics of the word for water as he taught that religion would be replaced with true worship of God through Christ.

The word 'mountain' har 讛专 means - not understanding 讛 the revelation 专. [v 7] It is the place people worship who do not understand God.


Jots and tittles

Mt 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.

Jesus could have said that not one commandment would pass from the law, but he chose to say that not one dot nor stroke would disappear.

Jesus was introducing pneumnemonics to his hearers. Even the dots and strokes within the letters have meaning which are protected. All letters are formed by first drawing a yod, or jot. And then it is combined with vavs and yods to form each letter. The letters derive their meaning from the dots and strokes withing a square template.

Formation, name, number, metaphor

The letters have four sources for meaning:

Formation is the meaning derived from the dots and strokes within the letter, and from gates and words found within. The example of 'ground' and 'Adam' above is 'formation'.
name is the meaning of the words when the name of the letter is spelled out (ex. the aleph 讗 has the Hebrew name alef which is spelled 讗诇祝 which means one thousand [8].
number - each letter is also a number. The aleph is the number one. Consider the play in pneumnemonics when it is said that one day is like a 1000 years. The aleph represents 1 by it's number and 1000 by it's name.
metaphor - metaphor when one of the meanings of the letter is used as a symbol for something completely different (ex. 1000 is a metaphor for king, so the aleph can also represent a king).

It may seem a bit complicated with so many sources for meaning. Be encouraged that the one who designed pneumnemonics wants you to know him.


Another evidence that pneumnemonics is natural to the language is the message that is derived by reading the letters of the alphabet in numerical order. It is the short catechism of Christ. It not only helps you learn the alphabet, but teaches the doctrine of Christ. It is the Index for God's Systematic Theology, which you will build on as you continue to learn Hebrew words and read scripture.

Aleph 讗 - God spoke and created the heavens and the earth [9]
Bet 讘 - He revealed to man
Gimel 讙 - that he pursued them
Dalet 讚- with a commandment
He 讛 - which they did not understand
Vav 讜 - They were distinguished
Zayin 讝 - as the bride
Chet 讞 - when they did understand it
Tet 讟 - Through a marriage
Yod 讬 - they became a new creation
Kof 讻 - The Son of God
Lamed 诇 - taught
Mem 诪 the promise of the Father
Nun 谞 - The Son of Man
Samech 住 - fulfilled the promise
Ayin 注 - He was made to be flesh and bore our sin
Pe 驻 - taught in parables, prophecies and riddles
Tsadi 爪 - and exchanged his righteousness for our sin
Qof 拽- The Son of God died and rose again
Rosh 专 - revealing
Shin 砖 - his word returned with an increase
Tov 转 - His revelation produced new life. It was finished.
Final kof 讱 - The Son of God died
Final mem 诐 - completing the promise of the Father
Final nun 谉 - The Son of Man was restored to Glory
Final pe 祝 - Prophecy was fulfilled
Final tsadi 抓 - Judgement is ended
Final shin - We became co-heirs with Christ


Hebrew words derive their meaning from the shorter words and letters within, as we saw in adamah for ground. From he 讛 in the word we understand that things of the ground do not understand spiritual things. The flesh is earthly. Pneumnemonics gives us more than a memory aid, it is foundational to understanding doctrine.

The combination of two letters is called a 'gate'. The word 'father' ab 讗讘 means -- after God spoke and created the heavens and the earth 讗 he revealed himself to man 讘. [v 8] If the letters are reversed forming ba 讘讗, the meaning is reversed.

What is the opposite of 'father'? Go back to the meaning by formation: The father revealed himself to man. He took the initiative to be made known. So the opposite is to make an invitation: ba means 'come'. [v 9] In Hebrew, ab ba means 'Father, come'.

Not only do the gates provide more pneumnemonics to aid in learning, but also provides an addition to the Systematic Theology. Man cannot find God on his own. We can find the things of God that he has first taken the initiative in, to make himself known.

Furthermore, the word ab, also means 'green shoot' and 'fruit on a tree'. The main thing that makes a father a father is that he is the source for new life. The green shoot is not a father, but evidence that the father gave the first life. The fruit on the tree is not a father, but evidence that the father is the source of the second life. Implied in the word ab for father is that there are two lives to be had. [s 8] Have you been born again? [s 9][s 10]


  1. Why did Jesus say "Forgive them, they know not what they do."? Lu 23:34
  2. What is the 'sin not unto death'? 1Jo 5:16
  3. How can you discern from the word blood that life is in the cross?


  1. They were unable to remove things from scripture because it is divinely protected. Mt 5:18
  4. Adam 讗讚诐 is the word for man
  5. Intentionally did not use the final form mem 诐 to help follow the example
  6. The ground or earth is a metaphor for the flesh. The instinctive nature of the flesh does not understand spiritual things.
  7. When a mem 诪 is at the end of a word it is drawn differently, as such 诐
  8. It has many more meanings like homophones
  9. The aleph is is expressed in scripture as a metaphor containing all of these ideas: The Spirit between the waters, the firmamnent, war between heaven and earth, separation of Holiness and Love, etc.


  1. De 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
  2. Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
  3. 1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
  4. 1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
  5. 1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
  6. Le 17:11 For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.
  7. Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  8. Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  9. Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  10. 1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


  1. adamah 讗讚诪讛 - ground, m. flesh
  2. adam 讗讚诪 - Adam, mankind f. Spirit 讗 and the blood dam
  3. dam 讚诐 - blood, f. commandment 讚 fulfilled by the Son 诐 m. life
  4. shamayim 砖诪讬诐 - heaven, f. the Spirit 砖 hovered over the face of the waters 诪讬诐
  5. artz 讗专抓 - earth, mankind
  6. mayim 诪讬诐 - (two) waters, m. Word of God
  7. har 讛专 - mountain, f. not understanding 讛 the revelation 专
  8. ab 讗讘 - father, sprout, fruit, f. after God spoke and created the heavens and the earth 讗 he revealed himself to man 讘
  9. ba 讘讗 - come


  1. Jesus was not simply asking for forgiveness for the ones driving the nails, but for all men (those of the earth) whose sins he was bearing.
  2. The woman's transgression did not lead to death. Death came by one man (Ro 5:12). Sin is not imputed to those who are without the law (as was Eve, since she was deceived). (Ro 5:13)

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