This project is enormous,
and the present work is only preliminary: it charts a direction
for language study that utilizes the traditions of kabbalah as
pathway to restoration of the fullness of scriptural understandings
facilitated by Original Hebrew. This presentation is in no way
definitive, but it points to understandings the future will require
of us. I was instructed of the Spirit to undertake this project,
nearly thirty years ago; and the blue-colored pages of definitions
demonstrate how ill-prepared I was for the undertaking. Now,
at the age of 70/o, I've reached an understanding/o of its parameters and requirements; but by no means
have I mastered the principles involved: each Hebrew word form
dances within our body members, and that dimension of definition
is not addressed here. Hopefully, I've learned enough to open
the way for the young.
So far as Biblical Hebrew
is concerned, Jewish etymology is remarkably faithful to the
glosses that arise when parsing the Sinaitic hieroglyphs. Ketav
Levonah-- the Ancient Hebrew Letters of Light-- comprise
the lively oracles of Elohim as contemplated by those to whom
they were entrusted. As we consider what they offer in the context
of what we have received: that is, as we read while anchored
in the Oral Tradition that has been faithfully transmitted from
generation to generation-- when we are grounded in the stories
we all know-- we are free to stand with the priests of old in
holy places, lending our eyes to the patterns of the Written
Word as its letters sing in the conceptual winds stirred in our
hearts and minds by the Spirit as we read.
These pages index the word
forms in alphabetical order, with corresponding Strong's numbers
included for each word. All entries are cross-referenced in accordance
with apparent criteria by means of hypertext links. Word entries
present the standard Hebrew definitions passed down by the Oral
Tradition, along with the following information: the notaricon
for each word form; the gematria and numerological values; the
temurah, if applicable; and targums based on the reduction factors
of the gematria value, as determined by the principles of numerology.
To give an example of the
usefulness of the approach taken in this study, what follows
is the notaricon for bwza, the word-form translated in the
King James Version of the Bible as "hyssop." Whether
Torah's hyssop is the same plant as a species bearing that name
in this present day is a matter of conjecture. However, even
should we identify the right plant, we would gain little insight
about what Torah is teaching concerning its use in the offerings.
The notaricon definition, however, greatly enriches our understanding
of the various texts in translation: "hyssop" is growth/a with roots/z fixed/w within the body/b; "hyssop"
is concepts/a that penetrate/z
during evaluations/w of consciousness/b;
"hyssop" is also a focused/a
preparation/z to offer/pray/w
while maintaining receptivity/b. These
readings of bwza were early parsings that came to
mind in answer to the Spirit's work in my life. I look forward
to any revision; for revison is a measurement of growth. Listen
to your hearts as you read the entries; for the letters of each
word reside within you: they are instruments that accompany the
songs of YHWH.
The seals to the Sealed Book
were broken while few were looking: not by me, but by another.
Others have labored, and we are to enter into their labors as
the Spirit leads. And so, the Lively Oracles of Elohim are, again,
on the loose in their fullness: freed to answer the questions
of any who seek guidance by the Written Word as delivered by
the hands of Moshe and the prophets. This restoration is HaShem's
doing, and it is wondrous in our sight.
The most recent means of navigating
the dictionary is the Dictionary
Search Engine. Much work must yet be done to optimize its efficiency,
but that work is in progress. Recently-revised pages contain
lilnks labeled <previous page> and <next page>; as
an additional means of viewing word entries, this feature is
very useful in navigating pages that are essential completed.
To use this method of navigation, begin at ba, the first
dictionary entry and
move on to subsequent entries, which follow in alphabetical order.
The gateway to the Alphanumerics section facilitates comparison of
word forms that share common numerical values. Those pages are
not being updated at this time. Links to number ranges are provided
at the bottom of each value's web page. You may prefer to go
directly to the Number
Indexes, as the
links to other number ranges follow the index of this first range
of numbers, from 3 to 300.
NOTE: only those word entries that include a targum have
attained adequacy. If evaluating this approach is your primary
interest in these pages, it is recommended that you begin at
ba, the first dictionary entry
and navigate by means
of the <next/previous word> links.
To make use of this dictionary,
you will need to download and install the Paleo-Hebrew font appropriate
to your machine. Please select the version you need for your
platform by clicking your browser's download-to-disk option:
Font>, <Macintosh Font>, <Sun/Unix Font>, <NeXT Font>
Sod-level definitions fed by the Paleo-Hebrew script
are found in Bet HaShem's Torah Dictionary, now in its Ninth
Edition. That work's
Edition is easier