The ancient language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis #10

in #hebrew5 years ago (edited)

Welcome back to my DTube Hebrew reading & language series.

The full study is now on line covering the Alef-Beyt here in my blog. This is a beginners program to teach letters, vowels, and reading. The vowels are marked in this bible and are designed to help avoid confusion on what a word is and how it is pronounced. The confusion is obvious in the hundreds of interpretations globally. In modern Hebrew, only children need a niqqud or vowel marking for each letter. Old manuscripts also usually have vowels marked.

This week's reading is from Genesis 1:20-22

We are in the fourth day as God causes all sea creatures to "swarm" (school) in the waters, and causes the birds to fly across the expanse. And let them "swarm" according to every kind. Swarm is one English interpretation and it is interesting that the ESV would choose that word (school, pod, or flock come to mind as options).

I hope you are starting to recognize many words that we have already learned, God, earth, great, which/that , et, all/every, marked below with green dots.


We are looking at some new vocabulary today. We have "water" or ma-yim which is always in plural, "creature" or nefesh discussed below, "bird" or oaf and a few more interpretations of al, some of them are above, over, across, on, etc., then we have hai-yah or "alive".

When I read nefesh I usually think of "soul", "person" or "being" and here, I see "creature" as the interpretation. I wondered why the word "creature" did not come to mind. It did not seem to fit so I looked up the number of translations there are for nefesh.

any (1), anyone (2), anyone* (1), appetite (7), being (1), beings (3), body (1), breath (1), corpse (2), creature (6), creatures (3), dead (1), dead person (2), deadly (1), death (1), defenseless (1), desire (12), discontented (1), endure* (1), feelings (1), fierce* (2), greedy* (1), heart (5), heart's (2), herself (12), Himself (4), himself (19), human (1), human being (1), hunger (1), life (146), life* (1), lifeblood* (2), lives (34), living creature (1), longing* (1), man (4), man's (1), men* (2), mind (2), Myself (3), myself (2), number (1), ones (1), others (1), ourselves (3), own (1), passion* (1), people (2), people* (1), perfume* (1), person (68), person* (1), persons (19), slave (1), some (1), soul (238), soul's (1), souls (12), strength (1), themselves (6), thirst (1), throat (2), will (1), wish (1), wishes (1), yourself (11), yourselves (13).

  • "living creature" is comes up one time in the Tanakh.
  • "creature" and "creatures" puts the count up to nine.

Life, Person, and Soul (about 500 times)

These seem to be the dominant interpretations, but the word only reads one way in Hebrew. I run across nefesh all the time while reading and the meaning is just nefesh.

It is understandable for what it means in Hebrew. Translation, based on context, needs to find different words to put in place of nefesh in order to fit the English culture.

If you have been with me from the beginning, you should be able to read on your own, maybe with some mistakes. But you can start practicing and building vocabulary. I am reading a little faster and pointing less each week. I hope you are too.

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Shabbat Shalom

I give no opinion, but yours are welcome below


interesting, this language @hebrew, complex but you explain it very well, I think I understood something that we are new "nefesh" accepting God. a word that covers many.

Genesis 1:20-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

Here is where God created all the creatures that lives in the water and those that flies on the sky. He equally blessed them to go forth and multiply and at the end, God saw that all he created was good and prefect. God is a prefect being and his ways are past finding out. Thanks @hebrew for another wonderful word of God this lovely weekend, the word of God is life and thanks for bringing forth life to us.

In modern Hebrew, only children need a niqqud or vowel marking for each letter.

That’s very interesting. With recent lessons I can now say to my friend who is an Orthodox Jew few words. I’m sure he will be nicely surprised 😆. Living soul and alive creature me saying in Hebrew will definately surprise him. I just simply say “nefesh” (nephesh) and tell him what it means. I already know few tricks from your past lessons, so I think it will be conversation in progress. I will let you know his reaction.
BTW: my friend’s name is Leo.

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When I read nefesh I usually think of "soul", "person" or "being" and here, I see "creature" as the interpretation. I wondered why the word "creature" did not come to mind. It did not seem to fit so I looked up the number of translations there are for nefesh.

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At the time I read nefesh I usually think of "soul", "person" or "being" and here, I see "creature" as the interpretation. I wondered why the word "creature" did not come to mind. It did not seem to fit so I looked up the number of translations there are for nefesh.

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Shabbat Shalom Rabbi!
Thank you for your usual lessons.
Bird, water, alive I suppose fresh too.

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