• Carrie McFerron

How To Think Like An Ancient Hebrew

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

There are so many resources to help you better understand the language, history, and culture of ancient Israel. Without learning about the world in which the people of the Old and New Testaments lived, many of their analogies and other statements will be puzzling to you, or you won't grasp the entire meaning of the Scriptures.

Here are a few of the resources I suggest you sample:


Books by Lois Tverberg

  • Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding

  • Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life

  • Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith

  • Listening to the Language of the Bible: Hearing it Through Jesus' Ears

Books by Dr. Michael Heiser, PhD

  • The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

  • Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ

  • Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World - and Why It Matters

  • Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God's Heavenly Host

  • Demons: What the Bible Really Says about the Powers of Darkness

Books by Other Authors

  • 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan

  • The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary by Dr. John H. Sailhammer, PhD

  • The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament by Professor Kenneth E. Bailey

  • The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (The Lost World Series) by Dr. John H. Walton, PhD

  • The Bible Project Coffee Table Book: Illustrated Summaries of Biblical Books by various authors

  • The Bible Project Poster Collection Book by various authors

  • Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters by Dr. Carmen Joy Imes, PhD


  • Dr. Michael Heiser is a biblical scholar, whose areas of expertise include Hebrew and Semitic studies. His goal is to present scholarly, peer-reviewed biblical information to lay people so that they can better understand the Bible in context. https://drmsh.com/

  • The Bible Project provides a wealth of beautifully illustrated videos, as well as accompanying notes, all free to download. You can also take online classes taught by well-respected Bible scholars. https://bibleproject.com/

  • Faithlife provides a number of free resources to lay people. There is also a subscription to the website, which provides even more material, but this service is generally used by pastors and theologians. https://faithlife.com/

  • Torah Class is a website that provides Bible studies taught online by theologian Tom Bradford, as well as many other resources. https://www.torahclass.com/

  • The Verses Project offers musical and visual art to help with Scripture memory and meditation. http://theversesproject.com/

  • Precept Austin is an organization that provides verse-by-verse commentaries, study tools, devotionals, articles, and other Bible study resources. https://www.preceptaustin.org/


  • The Naked Bible Podcast - Hosted by Dr. Michael Heiser, aims to strip away doctrine to examine what the Bible really says.

  • The Bible Project - Hosted by Dr. Tim Mackie and Jon Collins takes a deeper dive into the material on which The Bible Project's video library is based.

  • Torah Class - Taught by theologian Tom Bradford, goes verse-by-verse through the majority of the Old Testament. (This podcast contains lectures that are several years old, so the audio quality is not as good, but the information makes it worth it.)

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