THE BIBLE PROJECT: BIBLE WORDS AND THEIR MEANING

THE BIBLE PROJECT: BIBLE WORDS AND THEIR MEANING

Explore key biblical words in Hebrew and Greek to gain a better understanding of biblical language.

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THE BIBLE PROJECT: BIBLE WORDS AND THEIR MEANING
  • Love

    The word “love” is one of the sloppiest words in our language, as it primarily refers to a feeling that happens to a person. In the New Testament, “love” refers to a way of treating people that was defined by Jesus himself: seeking the well-being of others regardless of their response.

  • Gospel

    “Gospel” is one of the most common words in a Christian’s vocabulary. The word “gospel” is a royal announcement about Jesus, who is the crucified and risen King of the world who overcame death with his love.

  • Sin

    The word “sin” is one of the most common bad words in the Bible, but what does it really mean? The concept of “moral failure” underlies this important biblical word. Get ready to discover a profound and realistic portrait of the human condition.

  • Strength

    What does it mean to love God "with all of your strength"? Explore the Hebrew word underneath this phrase. And spoiler alert: "strength" is only one of many ways this rich word could be translated!

  • Soul

    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.

  • Lev

    Different cultures have different conceptions of the human heart, what it is and what it does, and the biblical authors are no exception. 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 es...

  • Ahavah

    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.

  • Peace

    Peace is also a very important word in the Bible that refers not only to the absence of conflict but also to the presence of something else. Explore the core meaning of biblical peace and how it all leads to Jesus.

  • Hope

    Explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.

  • Iniquity

    Explore the significance of the word 'iniquity' in ancient Hebrew, and discover a whole new way to think about our selfish decisions and their consequences.

  • Transgression

    Transgression" is one of those Bible words that seems clear until you have to explain it to somebody. Explore the fascinating and sophisticated meaning of this biblical "bad word." Get ready for a sobering reflection on human nature.

  • Shema

    For thousands of years every morning and evening the Jews have prayed the Shema to express their devotion to God. The Shema is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

  • YHWH

    YHWH, Adonai, LORD, Jehovah....God seems to have a lot of names, what exactly am I supposed to call Him? There's a fascinating journey behind all the different names Jews and Christians have referred to their creator throughout the centuries!

  • Joy

    The joy that God promises is more than just a happy mood. Rather, it's the state we can enjoy when we choose to trust totally in Him and believe that He will fulfil His promises.

  • Witness

    In the Bible, the word “witness” is used to describe both a person and an action—someone who sees something and then talks about what they’ve seen. Similar to today, this word is used in both legal settings and to describe an experience with God. But what’s most interesting about the word witness...