Ancient Hebrew-Phoenician word pictures
The languages used by modern peoples as a means of expression are limited in scope to the extent that true
meanings are sometimes elusive, and require clarification. For example, we often understand vis-à-vis speech more clearly
than written words perhaps because we as humans unconsciously tend to watch for the speakers 'body language', gestures, tones
and the word accents an individual uses to express themselves.
Thus we unwittingly use 'pictures' in communication today.
It is interesting and of note that the earliest language was what we might term hieroglyphics, or literally
In investigating this, I found that the earliest languages were all this type, that is Chinese, Egyptian,
and the early Phoenician, from which Hebrew, Greek and English were all derived.
There are several places on the web where this can be verified, among them are:
This second reference has an easily read chart at the very bottom of its page which has the ancient, modern
and original meanings of the Hebrew characters.
I have used the word pictures derived from these meanings in my studies. The clarity is amazing. Some confusing
passages in the Old Testament can sometimes be more clear when key words can be addressed with their word picture.
You do not have to be able to read Hebrew to understand the application. When Hebrew is written in its early
form, each letter represented both a sound and a picture. Even if you do not understand the sounds, the pictures inside the
Hebrew word will still be clear.
If you visit the second reference above and print out the chart for reference, you can soon decode your own
Hebrew 'word pictures'.
I will give several examples.
1) The word "zar" in Hebrew is 'enemy'. It is formed from 2 letters, Zayin and Reysh. From the chart the early
form of Zayin is a picture of an ax, (weapon). Reysh is a picture of a man's head. Thus the word-picture in 'zar' = enemy
is "weapon-man" .
2) The word 'father' in Hebrew is 'ab'. The letters are Aleph and Beth. From the chart, Aleph is the head
of an ox, with the meaning of strong, first, leader, etc. Beth is a picture of a tent, or house, or dwelling. Thus the word-picture
is that a Father is the strong of the house, or leader of the house.
3) The word God in Hebrew is 'El'. The letters are Aleph-Lamed. As before, Aleph is first, strong,
leader. From the chart, Lamed is a picture of a cattle goad, or shepherd's staff. Thus the word picture for God
is the 'Strong, First, Shepherd'.
4)The word 'dat' in Hebrew means 'religion'. The letters are Daleth and Tav. From the chart Daleth is a "doorway".
Tav is a "sign". (T=cross). Thus the word picture for "religion" is the "door of the sign", or cross.
5) The word 'mar' in Hebrew is "bitter". The letters are Mem and Reysh. From the chart, mem is massive, liquid
chaos, water. As before Reysh is the head of a man. Thus the word picture for bitter is that of a "chaos or unstable man".
Water is unstable in all its ways.
6) The word "brother" in Hebrew is 'ach'. The letters are Aleph and Chet. From the chart, Chet is a fence,
inner room, to separate. Aleph as before is first or strong. Thus the word picture for brother is a "Strong Fence".
7) Knowledge in Hebrew is 'deah'. The letters are 3, Daleth, Ayin and Hey. Ayin from the chart is an eye,
to see. Hey from the chart is a window, lattice, opening, to behold. As before, Daleth is a door. Thus the word picture for
knowledge is "the door of the eye" or to "know by experience".
Using the Strong's concordance, you can take the modern Hebrew word there, (its letters) back to their picture
form by referencing the chart. Remember Hebrew is written right to left. You will be able to gleen much insight into the message
of the Old Testament this way.