Hebrew & Greek Word Glossary

Whether you’re just discovering the Hebrew roots of your faith or you’ve been diving deep for a long time, sometimes Michael Rood may use a Hebrew or Greek term you’ve never heard before. Here are some of the most common terms used in A Rood Awakening! International teachings:

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Aviv
First month of the Ancient Biblical Hebrew Calender, instituted in Exodus 12. Aviv marks the beginning of the barley harvest. The word aviv also refers to a particular growth stage of barley, at which point it is not yet golden but just ripe enough to be suitable for the “first fruits” offering following Passover (first fruits is the day of Yeshua’s resurrection as the “first fruits” of the dead).

Mashiach (mah-SHE-ahk)
This is where we get the word messiah, which is almost a direct transliteration. Instead of “Jesus Christ”, in Hebraic circles He is often referred to as “Yeshua haMashiach”. The preposition “ha” is equivalent to the English word “the.” In Hebrew, this term is most often butted next to the word to which it refers (i.e. haMashiach).

Mikveh (MIK-vuh)
Lit. gathering. A ritual bath used for spiritual purification. Far deeper in meaning than the pagan ritual of “baptism” the mikveh is not a one-time event but is performed regularly as a reminder of washing away the past.

Pesach (PAY-sock)
Passover, the Spring Feast of the LORD commemorating the Exodus from Egypt.

Shabbat (shah-BAHT)
Lit. end, cease, rest. The Sabbath, a day of rest and spiritual enrichment.

Shofar (sho-FAHR)
A ram's horn, blown like a trumpet as a call to repentance.

Sukkah (SUE-kuh)
Lit. booth. The temporary dwellings we live in during Sukkot, the week-long Fall Feast of the LORD. It was on the first day of Sukkot that Yeshua was born in a sukkah or “manger”, incorrectly translated as a feeding trough.

Takanot (ta-kah-NOTE)
Manmade laws of the ancient Pharisees and modern rabbis that change or negate YeHoVaH’s/Yeshua’s commandments. Yeshua was continually scolding the Pharisees for creating such superficial, manmade traditions that confused and entrapped the people into a life of ineffectiveness.

Torah (TOH-ruh)
In its narrowest sense, Torah the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, sometimes called the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses. In its broadest sense, Torah also includes the other writings and the prophetic books of the “Old” Testament.

YeHoVaH (yeh-hoe-VAH)
The literal pronunciation of the name of God in Hebrew, thought to be lost to antiquity. However, recent forensics of ancient manuscripts have revealed more than 400 manuscripts with the rare vowel markings necessary to properly pronounce the Name.

Yeshua (yeh-SHOE-ah)
The proper pronunciation of Jesus’ real, Hebrew name.


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