This is the blog about Hebrew Bible (also called Old Testament) without vowels, investigation all possible meanings of Bible:
I remind that Spaces Hypothesis means that we can split a Hebrew word in Bible into several Hebrew words and get a possible new translation.
I have created (programmed) two new MediaWiki extensions:
Using these extensions, I configured our site to show a small arrow near every Hebrew word. When we click the arrow, a small popup appears which is intended to show all possible splits of this Hebrew word.
You can also middle click the arrow to open it in a new tab of the browser (for possible editing, creating, or correcting).
I also remind that Spaces Hypothesis remains a hypothesis. We need to collect evidence that God delivers us His word in this way (or not).
Victor Porton launched a site similar in purpose to this site:
Today a New Testament wiki was launched. You can add to that wiki any commentaries and thoughts on New Testament.
The rules for that new site are not yet written. I am going to register 501(c)3 for that site like as it is already is for this site, but organization is not yet ready.
This blog post about Hebrew Bible study is written from a Christian point of view. I believe that 1st Corinthians teaches how to interpret Hebrew Bible.
The main idea of this blog post is in the "1st Corinthians, chapter 2" section below. Please necessarily read it.
(I am able to wisely interpret not every verse of I Corinthians, so I will explain some verses and skip some others.)
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Sosthenes" being translated means "safe strength". So our topic is how to receive the strength of Hebrew Bible in a safe way (not using it for evil).
The derivation of the word "Corinth" is unknown, but it is closely associated with speaking tongues. So our topic is linguistics.
The letter is addressed to (all) "the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place". This means that **all** Gospel believers are called to read Bible in Hebrew.
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" is the purpose of studying Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, it is to receive more grace and peace.
4 I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge
This refers to the fact that we are "enriched" by God by the speech and knowledge of Hebrew Bible which is to read in Hebrew.
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you
Hebrew Bible should be understood as a "ciphered" message about Christ ("the testimony of Christ").
7 so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ
We will be not "behind" any gift, if we read revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ in Hebrew Bible.
8 who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I suppose that this means that the "end" (the day of our Lord Jesus Christ) will happen when we will bring to the end study of Hebrew Bible.
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We will be in this fellowship if we carefully study spiritual sense of Hebrew Bible.
Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
It is the purpose this site was created: To research the entire Hebrew Bible in one place, without "forking". We need to consider different viewpoints on Hebrew Bible and find one united Christian opinion.
19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the lawyer of this world? Hasn’t God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
It is about theologians and Hebrew linguists. Their very sophisticated study of human Hebrew language which among other things includes vowels cannot reach revelation of God, because it is revealed by removing vowels and thus having many new senses of Bible (which may appear if one substitutes different vowels or does not use vowels at all). God mocks the theologians, as their wisdom is made foolish.
21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom didn’t know God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe.
This is my preaching for foolish people, not for professional theologians: Study Hebrew without vowels, it is an easy study for a fool just like you. Whether you will benefit from this, depends on whether you believe not on whether you have a theological diploma.
22 For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom,
Jewish rabbis investigate vowel "signs", theologians try to find wisdom.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are: 29 that no flesh should boast before God.
Yes you are called even if you are stupid to become a Bible translator even if you consider yourself a stupid man, in order that God shames professional theologians and linguists.
Your "foolish" translation without vowels is much greater than a traditional translation by "wise" theologians and linguists.
God has chosen missing vowels ("things that are not") to be much greater than "things that are" (thorough linguistics and cultural study of Hebrew word derivation using vowels).
1 When I came to you, brothers, I didn’t come with excellence of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
It is also about me. I am neither excellent in ancient Hebrew speech, nor I am a wise theologian. But I proclaim what is deserves to be called "the testimony of God".
The word "heart" in Bible seems to mean the unconscious (as discovered by Freud) part of human mind.
In Bible this word means the literal heart, but also means people's mind. But accordingly modern science, mind of a man is located in brain not heart.
I know three possible explanations.
The first is that this word should be considered as an homonym meaning both heart and unconscious part of the brain.
The second explanation (not pretending to be scientific): Leukocytes inside heart interact through electromagnetic waves with each other, and this form a form of mind whose location is the heart of a person.
The third explanation (not pretending to be scientific) is that some information is preserved in the heart for the case if the brain is damaged (and it is the last resort, because if the heart itself is damaged the person dies). This by the way explains the rumors that people with transplanted hearts inherit the character of the donor.
Now your passwords are secure.
Using this site (as well as any password controlled site on the Web), you are recommended also to ensure that your email server is secure. (I suppose that most modern email sites are secure.) This way your password cannot be stolen using "password reset" or "password reminder" feature.
In short: withoutvowels.org is rock solid, you should expect that your passwords are secure.
In our wiki web site an error making it virtually impossible to edit articles from a smartphone was corrected.
Now you can participate in our Hebrew Bible translation project from mobile.
Please dedicate every your free minute to edit Bible translation and commentary and our dictionary of declined Hebrew words for Bible translation. Even if you are not a professional linguist, your help is invaluable, as we need many Bible translators for our project, because Bible is big. It is probably the best possible investment of your time for the Kingdom of God.
Most modern theologians believe that Bible should be interpreted accordingly the culture of the nation which first received it.
I will now not discuss so called "liberal theologians", that is students of Bible which don't believe in Bible inspiration and may not even believe in God's existence. I will tell about theologians which like me believe in biblical inspiration.
Even if they believe that Bible is inspired by God, their revelation is partial, as it is limited by understanding of ancient Jewish culture: Such things as planes, atomic energy, Big Bang, etc. cannot enter into their revelations. So they have just a half (and probably worst half) of biblical revelation.
The author of this blog post, as you have probably already guessed is in the "literalist" camp. We believe that Bible (being word of God) should be interpreted by its literal sense even in the case if the human author of this Bible fragment meant somethings other (an allegory, for example). Well, I am both in the camp of literalists and these who believe that Bible has also spiritual meaning. In this camp, we expect that God may mean something other that the human author meant, and moreover a human author may be wrong while God is always right.
Thus I call you to dismiss following human traditions in interpretation of Bible and instead search what God may mean for you, a 21st century person.
Jesus himself critiqued modern theologians, saying: (Mark. 7:9) "He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition“". See also (Col. 2:8) "Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ."
However, I should note that we cannot dimiss human tradition altogether, because dictionaries are a part of a tradition and Bible original means nothing to us without a dictionary. I would recommend to dismiss as much tradition as you can dismiss, to get access to the "core" that is the God's intended meaning.
(Mat. 11:25) "At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.“" (Luk 10:21) "“I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.”" Ask any child: Does that Bible is God's word mean that it should be taken literally? I think almost every child would answer "yes". These are professional theologians who fail to give the right answer to this question.
If not tradition, then how should we determine which interpretation of Bible is right and which is wrong? It is a difficult question and the author confesses that he does not have a full answer about this issue. An obvious thing is that our translation of a Bible verse should make sense (not be a nonsense). However, if it happens that a Bible verse translation is logical and it does not seem contradictory, does this mean that we should accept this particular translation? I do not know, yet. We need to receive multiple confirmations before submitting ourselves to believe a particular revelation. However, there is one specific principle about this which Bible itself reveals: (1Cor. 12:13) "Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things." This means that if in a Bible fragment we consider one word in spiritual sense, then all other words of this fragments should also switch into spiritual "mode" (so that we compare spiritual things with spiritual things, not with literal things).
Note that our understanding of sound combinations of words may extend over time. For an example (not from Hebrew Bible, but from New Testament): One old commentary (sadly I do not remember which one) said that because the literal meaning of (Rev. 8:8) "The second angel sounded, and something like a great burning mountain was thrown into the sea." is impossible, it is spiritual sense. You can read my free ebook, where it is explained from positions of modern science as a comet falling to the Earth, quite literally.
These sciences (despite of being good by themselves) became a veil before the eyes of theologians. So now God calls everyone to study Bible using this my new technology of Bible study. I am also not a theologian (at the time of writing this, I earn money as a computer programmer, I also do mathematical research in my free time).
Now it is nothing more than pride of the "wise people", these "wise people" feel: I studied all these "exegesis", "hermeneutic", etc. sciences and so I will use all of them to build my interpretation of Bible. Their minds are bound to use all this, instead of simple interpretation. This way these "wise people" fall of seeing of simple literal meaning of Bible.
This site presents the technology specifically crafted for literalist's Bible study. First it dismisses vowels in Hebrew Bible, because these vowels are clearly a part of human tradition (they were written down only in Middle Ages, long after Jesus testified that He believes into Hebrew Bible). So we should deal with vowels just like any other human tradition in Bible interpretation: consider it as a guide and then dismiss.
This site is the technology perfectly suited for this mode of Bible study: We study meanings of words of Bible without vowels (for every declension form of a word, we will create a separate dictionary entry). So we build our own dictionary of declined words. The text of Hebrew Bible presented at our site is hyperlinked to meaining of words. So you can translate every word and easily use translations of words made by other users for your own translation of any Bible verse.
The technology for this site follows faith. It is for Bible study, just like as Wikipedia is for general collection of knowledge. (Even site engine is the same as one used in Wikipedia, this is the reason why this site looks so similar to Wikipedia.) So we are going to collect all Bible interpretations!
Difficult rules about vowels of ancient Hebrew grammar were a hard "cross" which only highly educated and smart theologians and linguists were able to bear. Now the grammar of Hebrew Bible is available without vowels, so that anybody can join this project. Please become a translator, even if you are not a professional linguist. I am neither, this project is not associated with a theological college, you can become a translator without a scientific degree.
Also there was written a preliminary charter of a proposed nonprofit organization behind this site.
Now http://withoutvowels.org site has mobile version.
Read and translate Hebrew Bible, study biblical Hebrew on your smartphone of tablet.
Take God's word with you.
There is widespread opinion that Bible contradicts evolution theory.
However innovative study of Hebrew Bible without vowels (thus embracing all translations possible, not only the standard translation with standard Jewish tradition vowels) shows that some translations of some verses of Bible confirm evolution theory.
There are arguments both pro and counter evolution in Bible. Which overweight? Decide yourself, but please first read my article on this topic:
Read more in this page.