Have you ever heard of the Wicked Bible of 1631? The publishers didn't notice a little typo that resulted in their version of the King James Bible saying "Thou shalt commit adultery" instead of "Thou shalt not commit adultery"!
It's a great example of why you can't trust translators and publishers to tell you what God's Word says, and why you need to be studying for yourself. Which is why we're here, and why I want you to learn Hebrew with me at holylanguage.com!
Patricia is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
Blessed be our L-RD G-D Yeshua haMashiach! And may our L-RD G-D Yeshua keep you, and bless you Izzy and your family. Thank you for enabling us to learn the Holy Language!
How I “met” the G-D of Israel...
I was brought up in a Catholic orphanage in France and from age 5 the book I was reading most was the Book of Revelation and was blessed by my L-RD G-D Almighty but I didn’t know it. To cut a very long story short, I have been very unfaithful to G-D as I became involved with new-age, then magic etc… and one day in Geneva (I was working for the UN)…. I looked on the street and there IT was… a beautiful gold “thing”; it was obviously a piece of jewelry. So I took it, and put some posters up saying “I found this “thing”; if it is yours, come and claim it from me…” No-one claimed it and it became mine. This “thing” puzzled me and I did some research and discovered it was a Hebrew letter. The letter Chai (still with me); this started the beginning of my Jewish journey.
I forgot all about “new-age; fortune telling, tarot reading” and fell in love with everything that was Jewish, fell in love with the Name of G-D, and began to follow Judaism (though never converting to Judaism because of Yeshua, His Sacrifice for me on the Cross). I searched the web and found I could speak Hebrew and read all my prayers in Hebrew without learning Hebrew! I found transliteration and started to write down whole siddurim and machzorim; learnt by heart all my prayers in Hebrew (Sefardi pronounciation): Shacharit, Mincha, Maariv and even the Bedtime Shema; kept all the Feasts, kept Shabbat (still keep); listened only to Jewish songs, read Jewish books (even got involved with Kabbalah), ate Jewish, breathed Jewish air; visited Israel, Jerusalem; read the bible in Hebrew transliterated. However, after a while I stopped attending shul because Yeshua “was not there”; somehow I felt He was missing from the shul.
After a while, I thought to myself; well I can “speak/read” Hebrew but I cannot understand it unless I have the transliteration e.g. I began to know most Tehillim by heart; was singing them but only knowing the general meaning of the sentence. So, I decided I would learn Hebrew the proper way and found you! Holy Language Institute! Great, I quickly purchased the whole package and started my lessons faithfully... until letter Zayin; this was in 2011; and then I stopped. I thought to myself: “This will take me ages! And I want to know everything NOW.” I was/am still praying in Hebrew – I created my “own” full transliteration of all Jewish prayers I could find.
Then came “Shir HaShirim” – wow; the first time I heard this particular singer (last Pesach) –an unknown Sefardi cantor, I decided; this is it! I learned the full Shir by listening to the song but I really wanted to learn Hebrew the “proper way” – so I bought the Full Bible from TES “Word by Word” and learnt Bereshit Chapter 1 by heart in Hebrew (I can recite it perfectly and … read it also) but only because I have learnt the transliteration. I cannot read Hebrew nor can I understand it.
So, I took the decision to return to Holy Language and learn Hebrew the proper way as I want to read the whole Bible Tanach and B'rit Chadashah to occupy till YESHUA comes and also to be able to witness to my Jewish neighbors; I live in a very kosher area of London! At the moment, I am learning the whole Bible by heart in English and I want to learn it in Hebrew; hence I came back to Holy Language.
When I am not learning/reading the Bible; I am working as a medical secretary. Finally, at 54 y/o I have traveled extensively worldwide and became truly “born again” 3 years ago as I finally heeded the call of my L-RD G-D Yeshua. Amazing grace that saved such a wretch like me!
Maranatha! Amen! Even so, Bo Yeshua bo!
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