Hebrew Voices #62 – Reggie White and The Secret Vault

Reggie White looking at Aleppo Codex in the vault.In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Reggie White and the Secret Vault, I share my experiences teaching Biblical Hebrew to the late football Hall-of-Famer Reggie White. Join me as I share the story of how we got into the secret vault to see the actual pages of the Aleppo Codex, which he famously called the best day of his life, better than winning the Superbowl! Jackie wrote: “What an inspiration this man's faith continues to be to the world... and to me.” Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #17 – Yitro (Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6)

Prophet Pearls Yitro, Isaiah, haftarah, kadosh kodesh kadish kiddush, Keith Johnson, masoretic notes, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophets, yitro, portionThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Yitro covering Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6. Gordon compares Isaiah’s succinct vision of heaven to accounts in Kings, Ezekiel and Daniel. We see a “real” Adonai in this Portion and learn about the importance of the Masoretic notes. Gordon and Johnson tackle the problematic issue of Isaiah actually seeing God and explain where Isaiah got the idea that fire cleanses. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #17 – Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

Torah Pearls Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23, Caleb, Calev, canine, didgeridoo, dog, Georgia, Jethro, Kelev, puppy, Ridgeback, Torah PearlsThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on Torah portion of Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23). This week’s program is dedicated to Nehemia’s faithful canine companion, Georgia the Rhodesian Ridgeback, who sadly passed away the day of this recording. In her honor, the trio has a fascinating discussion on the character of Caleb and the nature of canine loyalty. They also discuss Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, and challenge the common understanding of the process of Mosaic revelation. This leads to a powerful discussion of the events at Mt. Sinai and culminates in a powerful reading of the Ten Matters that will bring you to your feet. The closing music of this program was specially written in honor of Georgia. It features Yoel ben Shlomo on didgeridoo and Jono Vandor on guitar, and is entitled “Memories of Georgia”. May we all display the faithfulness of Yehovah’s servant, Caleb. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #47 – A Disastrous Misunderstanding of the Name Yehovah

In Hebrew Voices, A Disastrous Understanding of the Name Yehovah, Nehemia Gordon explains the meaning of Yehovah, the mistake people make thinking it has to do with “destruction”, and how Yahweh in Gnostic sources is the god of chaos. Listen to the short podcast, and then check out the detailed grammatical explanation below, of how we know Yehovah has nothing to do with the Hebrew word for “destruction”. Suzette wrote: "Forgive me, I was one of those people who knew just enough Hebrew to be dangerous… Thanks for the article!" Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #61 – 1,000 Manuscripts with Yehovah

1000 Manuscripts with YehovahIn this special episode of Hebrew Voices, 1,000 Manuscripts with Yehovah, Nehemia Gordon celebrates the incredible milestone of finding God's holy name with full vowels in over 1,000 Hebrew Bible manuscripts. Nehemia speaks with some of his team scouring Bible manuscripts in libraries around the world, as well as some of the people who have been key in spreading this vital information to Israel and the Nations. He also shares the exciting project he has planned next. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #16 – Beshalach (Judges 4:4-5:31)

Prophet Pearls Beshalach, Judges 4:4-5:31, devorah, israel, judges, torah portion, deborah, barak, jael, prophet, haftarah, jezreel valley, sisera, yehovah, yhvhThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Beshalach covering Judges 4:4-5:31. Although not a “military commander” like the other judges, Deborah coolly commands the military in this portion’s reading—and then writes a lovely song about it to boot. We learn the context of her years as a judge and prophetess and how her administration fits into the life cycle of ancient Israel. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #16 – Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

Torah Pearls Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16, Egypt, Exodus, Miriam, Nuweiba, Pharaoh, Red Sea, Sinai, Song of the Sea, Torah Pearls, Yam SufThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16). We get some fascinating insights from the Hebrew in the story of the Exodus from Egypt and digs up a pearl regarding the poetic form of the Name of Yehovah.  There follows an interesting discussion of the meaning and origin of Shabbat and the understanding of Manna. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #15 – The Bible of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Rebroadcast)

A Dead Sea Scroll of Exodus in Paleo-Hebrew from Cav 4 at Qumran (4QpaleoExod-m).In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Bible of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nehemia Gordon talks to Professor Emanuel Tov, the world’s foremost scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls and author of the definitive “Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible.” Gordon and Tov’s discussion yields an enlightening mix of 101 material as well as fascinating (and accessible) post-doctoral details. Continue reading

The Mistake That Got It Right – Part 2: Vampires in Genesis and a Strategy for Hiding the Vowels of the Name Yehovah

An example of Yehovah's name being erased using erasure dots. In Part 2 of Nehemia Gordon's Support Team Study, The Mistake That Got It Right, Nehemia pulls back the curtain on a series of mysterious dots ancient Jewish scribes placed over certain words in the Hebrew Bible, shows how later Jews misinterpreted these dots as evidence of Vampires in the Book of Genesis, and explains the true historical significance of these dots. Nehemia concludes the study with newly discovered evidence from Hebrew manuscripts of how Jewish scribes could have easily hidden the pronunciation of God's holy name, even when they slipped up by revealing the full vowels. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #15 – Bo (Jeremiah 46:13-28)

Prophet Pearls Bo, Jeremiah 46:13-28, egypt, jeremiah, torah portion, prophet, nations, yehovah, yhvh, haftarah, nehemia gordon, keith johnson, parsha, boThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Bo covering Jeremiah 46:13-28. Jeremiah, the prophet to the nations, foretells another “smiting” for Egypt—providing the connection to the Torah portion where the Lord, with a strong hand, brought his people out of Egypt. This time though, the smiting is at the hand of the Babylonians—a fact that provides another glimpse into the ways and means of Yehovah. Continue reading