Every now and then I stumble onto a website that presents what seems to me– rightly or wrongly — a vast quantity of extremely valuable information in a relatively easily intuitable form. I then become extraordinarily enthused with the material and want to share my enthusiasm with as many people as possible. That has been my experience over the past few days with Jeff Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Resource Center.
My interests and commitments are quite diverse (so I really don’t have a clue as to how much time I will actually invest in this kind of study), but I feel that if I had nothing else to do (or read or think about), I could probably be quite happy exploring the material on this website (and the associated material on YouTube) for the rest of my life. I’m not kidding.
Consider, for example, the introductory discussion in this Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible:
For those who are more inclined to an audio visual presentation, check out the YouTube clips on The Way of Yahweh (this is Part 1 — be sure to look for parts 2 – 5) and This is my Name (be sure to look for part 2).
And for those who are serious about a close reading of the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy), check out A Mechanical Translation of Genesis and this draft of A Mechanical Translation of the Torah. Here’s a sample of the parallel translation of the first 5 verses of Genesis:
If, by this time, you are as excited about all these resources as I am, you will want to google Jeff Benner PDF and download all the great books that he is offering on his website — apparently for free — at least for the time being. Don’t thank me — thank Jeff Benner! 🙂