And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Isaiah 8:17

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hebrew Terms for "Prophet"

There are several Hebrew terms used for"prophets" in the Old Testament and there were "true" ( or kosher) and "false" (or treyf) prophets in the Bible. The titles used in the text indicate whether someone was acceptable to God or not.

Acceptable or Kosher Prophets:
נָבִיא  nabi'                  prophet   (Genesis 20:7)
רֹאֶה   ro'eh                seer   (I Samuel 9:9)
חֲזֹון    chozen             visionary  (Isaiah 1:1)
אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִֽים   'ish 'elohim man of God (I Samuel 9:10)

Unacceptable or Treyf Prophets (see Deut.18:9-14):

                qacam qacamim               diviner, soothsayer, or magician
                m'nachash          enchanter, whisperer
                m'keshef             to whisper a spell, or enchant for money
                m'onan                 to cover, or cloud over; act covertly
                chober chabar   to join, couple, fascinate with spells or enchant
                sheol "ob             to mumble, or a hollow sound; to call a father from sheol (hell)
                yada'ni            a knowing one; a conjerer or wizard
              doresh 'el-hamotim        to tread or frequent, to seek or ask or enquire after the dead

For the later rabbis, prophecy was only possible for an Israelite speaking Hebrew and living in
Eretz Israel (the Promised Land).              '

Monday, November 5, 2012

Widows, Orphans and Strangers in the Land : DONATE

Deu 10:17-18   For the LORD your God [is] God of gods, and Lord of lords, . . . He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

Deu 14:28-29 . . . thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: . . . and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which art within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Deu 24:19-21  When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.         When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.  When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Lev 23:22             And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

WIDOWS : The YWCA has a wish list of items most needed by the women they serve.  Their biggest needs are new women's underclothing (all sizes), socks, and winter clothing.  You can learn more about the YWCA programs here.

ORPHANS:  Lincoln School is just one of the schools in the Salt Lake School District that have children who need coats, gloves, hats and boots for the coming winter season.  All sizes are welcome from toddler up to 12 years of age.  You may also contact the principal about other needs : Christine Pittam

Donors Choose is a great program to connect people who want to donate to specific classroom needs with teachers.  You might enjoy seeing all the amazing projects teachers are in need of funding for.  You can donate DIRECTLY  through their website.

STRANGERS IN THE LAND:  The Good Samaritan Program administered by the Cathedral of the Madeline feeds about 8000 people a month.  They make sack lunches daily which are given away freely to anyone who asks.  The lunches only contain dessert when patrons donate STORE BOUGHT desserts.  You can also donate your time and help pack the lunches.

THE POOR:  Tabitha's Way, in Spanish Fork, provides wide-ranging services to the poor in Utah County.  Their 'Back to School' program provided clothing, shoes, haircuts, toothbrushes, and backpacks full of school supplies to over 600 children this year alone.  The food pantry is in need of all kinds of food: perishable fruits and veggies, staples, and canned goods (even up to 5 years PAST last date of use).
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Hebrew Alphabet Chart

Thanks to Amy Leach for the chart of Biblical Hebrew and it's antecedents.  She found it at the Ancient Hebrew Research Center website.

This chart is particularly useful as it shows you how the letters looked anciently and what the letter MEANS.
It also gives the names of the letters and how you transliterate them into English.

You can download the chart in color or as a black and white PDF.

It would be even more useful with the numerical values of the letters added.  You can write those in yourself.
I got this chart at Judaism 101

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" in Provo

Utah Lyric Opera will be performing Gian Carlo Menotti"s Amahl and the Night Visitors December 1st, 7:00 PM at the Covey Center Performance Hall in Provo.  It will be followed immediately by a Handel Messiah Sing-Along.

Lyric Opera is a marvelous performing group with amazing voices.  I highly recommend that you buy tickets and come enjoy a lovely evening getting into the true spirit of Christmas

New Religious Art at BYU MOA

A generous gift of Stanford C. Stoddard enabled the MOA to acquire a 19th-century marble sculpture, Isaac on the Altar (1863-64), by American Randolph Rogers. This neoclassical sculpture complements Stoddard’s earlier gift of a William Theed marble sculpture, Dismissal of Hagar and Ishmael (1881). A bronze sculpture Rebekah and Eliezer at the Well (19th c.) by Émile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin was also purchased by Stoddard to further expound on the story of Abraham and Isaac.

These new works will be on display along with other religious works, starting Monday, November 5.

​Statue above : Émile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin, Rebekah and Eliezer at the Well, bronze, polychrome-decorated brown patina, 19th c., BYU Museum of Art, Gift of Stanford C. Stoddard.