Hebrew Voices #45 – Heavenly Father’s Day

Nehemia Gordon with his father.In Hebrew Voices, Heavenly Father’s Day, Nehemia Gordon shares how he found himself at the top of a Colorado mountain, proclaiming a controversial Jewish prayer in memory of his father. You are invited to watch the video (with closed captions) or listen to the podcast. This episode is dedicated to earthly fathers everywhere, and our Heavenly Father above. Continue reading

Wow, It’s a Vav!

The study many have been waiting for is finally here! The truth about the ancient pronunciation of the Hebrew letter Vav! Is it V or W? Is God's holy name Yehovah or Yehowah? Leave opinion behind, as Nehemia Gordon shares never-before seen Hebrew manuscripts, and definitive evidence from the Tanakh. After watching this video teaching, you won't have any doubts about this topic. Continue reading

Inviting the Name In with Keith Johnson (Open Door Series Part 6)

In Part 6 of the Open Door series, Keith Johnson speaks about “Inviting the Name In.” Throughout history both Jews and Christians have allowed fear, anger, and circumstances to separate them from God’s name. But our heavenly Father said He would bless every place where his name dwells. Johnson examines two “Gittites” who interacted with God’s name — Goliath the Gittite who cursed it, and Obededom the Gittite who received the Name into his home. Johnson exhorts Christian listeners to be ambassadors of the name, and for the sake of the Jew first, to proclaim it to the world so that the house of Israel may be blessed and restored. Be like Obededom, “the Gittite who got it right!”


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The Name of God with Nehemia Gordon (Open Door Series – Part 3)

In Part 3 of the Open Door Series, Nehemia Gordon explains how the name of God, sacred to both Jews and Christians, has become hidden by time and tradition. Beginning with Roman persecution forbidding Jews to speak the name through rabbinical adaptations, translation errors and other misunderstandings, the one and only name of the Lord was superseded over time by titles—like “El Shaddai,” or “Adonai”. As the exiles of Israel and the others joined with them to return to the Promised Land, the name of the Lord Yehovah is again being sanctified and exalted.


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What I Learned from a Laotian Elephant

Elephant Victory, Elephant, river, hebrew, word, ancient, greek, names, language, yehovah, hovah, disaster, root, pilegesh, concubine, indo, yhvh, Mishnah, Dead Sea ScrollsA few weeks ago I was bathing an elephant in northern Laos, when she suddenly decided to toss me headlong into the murky waters of the Mekong River. My encounter with Ms. Snuffleupagus got me thinking about the Hebrew word for elephant, which is PIL פיל. This word does not appear in the Tanakh, simply because the Hebrew Bible had no occasion to speak about elephants. However, the word did exist in ancient Hebrew and later appears in the Mishnah and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Hebrew word PIL is probably the source (via Phoenician) behind the Greek word ELEPHAS, from which the English word "elephant" is itself derived (via French). Continue reading

We Don’t Need No Fat Country!

The Wall Lyrics, Creator, Yahweh, Akkadian, Hebrew, English, Assyrian, Isaiah, Israelite, God, Yeho-shua, Yeho-natan, dead language, Persian, Aramaic, syllabic script, Cuneiform, YHVH, Jewish scribes, torah, name of god, yehovahI hear all the time that the name of our Creator should be pronounced "Yahweh" based on this or that transcription in some foreign language. One of the most popular arguments points to ancient Akkadian sources. I could spend a great deal of time dissecting each one of these sources, but for argument's sake let's assume the Akkadian sources really do support the pronunciation "Yahweh." I still don't understand why someone would rely on a non-Hebrew source and ignore the Hebrew evidence. Continue reading