How to Translate Hebrew Into English


Hebrew is a remarkably poetic and fluid language because most nouns and verbs are based on a three-letter root, or "shoresh." The shoresh has a generic meaning that is only made specific by the presence of prefixes, infixes and suffixes, and the context of the phrase or sentence. The shoresh "tsur," for example, can mean create, rock, God or even oppress, depending on how it is expressed in a sentence. Internet resources, however, have advanced to the point where you can get at least a limited sense of what a given Hebrew passage might mean.