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The Shema Series

Shema: "Listen"

Is hearing and listening the same thing?

Is hearing and listening the same thing? Discover how sound entering your ear-drums isn't synonymous with "listening," at least from a biblical perspective. This video is the first installment of our Word Studies series, a six-part exploration of the ancient biblical prayer called “The Shema.”

YHWH: "Lord"

The Names of God

YHWH, Adonai, LORD, Jehova... God seems to have a lot of names, what exactly am I supposed to call Him? We invite you into the fascinating journey behind all the different names Jews and Christians have referred to their creator throughout the centuries, and more importantly, why!

AHAVAH: "Love"

Explore how Hebrew authors used the word "love,

Let's talk about love, Old Testament style! In this video, we'll explore the various ways the Hebrew authors used the word "love," and how they depicted God as the ultimate source and goal of all human love.

LEV: "Heart"

Explore ancient Hebrew words for "heart"

Different cultures have different conceptions of the human heart, what it is and what it does, and the biblical authors are no exception. In this video we'll explore the ancient Hebrew words for "heart" as well as the different ideas of what our hearts represent. There is no biblical word that captures better the essence of human thought, feeling, and desire, than this rich and wonderful word.

NEPHESH: "Soul"

Be surprised at the meaning of this fascinating word!

We explore the Hebrew word "nephesh" that often gets translated as "soul." The English word usually refers to a non-material essence of a human that survives after death, but nephesh means something different. It is referring to humans as living, breathing, physical beings, or just to life itself. Prepare to be surprised at the biblical meaning of this fascinating word!

MEOD: "Strength"

Strength is only 1 of the ways this word can be translated

What does it mean to love God "with all of your strength"? In this final installment of our videos on the Shema, we explore the Hebrew word underneath this phrase. And spoiler alert: "strength" is only one of many ways this rich word could be translated!