PHB: Introduction - 2

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When they debated sensus plenior (the meaning God intended which was hidden even from the human authors) in the last century, they didn't invite anyone who could read it. Consequently, all they could agree upon was that they could not read the Old Testament the way the Jesus and the New Testament authors did. [1] [q 1] [a 1] [s 1] [s 2] If Jesus learned who he was and what he was to do from the Old Testament scriptures, even suggesting they all spoke of him, then we should be able to find him in them now.

Jesus made it clear that all the scriptures spoke of him, even suggesting that the dots and strokes of the letters were important. [s 3] This first work sets the foundation of the metaphoric meaning of Hebrew letters. One will learn to distinguish Hebrew letters from each other based in a mnemonic which is natural to the letters and which constructs a short catechism.

While learning Hebrew letters, there is a shift from Greek/Western thinking to Hebrew thought patterns where words have flavor and we can 'taste to see' that God is good. [s 4] For examples of how Hebrew thought patterns affect Biblical interpretation see Appendix A which is a Hebrew look at Acts 12 and Appendix B which is a Hebrew look at Genesis 38.

Metaphor is derived from the letters and words themselves in a divine double meaning, wherein they are verifiable and reproducible eliminating free-for-all allegory.

The reader who participates in written and video activities will be able to recite the Hebrew alphabet and understand the natural doctrine of Christ contained therein.

How to read the book

Pr 25:2 ¶ [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.

It has been said that if the Word of God is represented by water, that this teaching uses a fire hose. It has been called 'dense', 'rich', and 'mind exploding overload'. Rather than having it diluted, approach it somewhat as a meditation. Take it slowly. Consider the scriptures referenced. Draw the letters as described several times repeating the pneumnemonic as you do. If the videos are available watch them.

As a king, or one who rules over the flesh, consider it an honor to seek out the mysteries of God hidden from the beginning. [s 5] God's wisdom is hidden in the childish riddles [s 6] and he promises that if we ask him for the wisdom to find him, he will give it. [s 7]

You will be blessed as you meditate on Christ hidden in his word. [s 8] The Holy Spirit will help correlate the scripture so that you too can declare "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!" with Peter, as God reveals pictures of Christ in scripture that no man has taught you. [s 9]

Hebrew is written from right to left - Formatting a mix of Hebrew and English is difficult as you fight with the direction of the text. For this reason it will be rare to find a Hebrew word at the beginning of a sentence. Within sentences, Hebrew words will be written right to left.


There are several types of footnotes. Questions, References, Scripture, Vocabulary and Answers. They are broken into types to facilitate study.

Questions are asked to engage you in the theology being discussed. Since the theology is the mnemonic, engaging these as they occur will be most beneficial.

References are traditional footnotes minus the others which have been separated out.

Scriptures are called out for those who may not be fluent in the Bible and need a quick reference. It might be helpful to read these before reading the Chapter to get a running start.

Vocabulary is called out to help you build your own dictionary of metaphor and to assist those who are learning Hebrew.

Answers are answers to the questions. They are designed to engage you in the theological conversation.


  1. If we cannot read the Old Testament the way Jesus did, what confidence do we have that we can read it at all?




  1. Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
  2. Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
  3. Mt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
  4. Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.
  5. Eph 3:9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
  6. Pr 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings [riddles].
  7. Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  8. Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  9. Mt 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Mt 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.


  1. Jesus said that the Spirit would guide us in truth. We find agreement in the person of Christ. All other 'Greek' disputes are up for grabs until we learn to read the scriptures like Jesus did.