But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more,
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
of the strongest and most consistent biblical tests of truth is the coherence of independent
witnesses. This is why the witness of the Three Threads is so powerful. It is my joy now to
introduce another completely independent witness to the divine design of the Hebrew Alphabet,
Dr. Frank T. Seekins. An introduction to his excellent, insightful, and thorough work may be found
on his site Living Word Pictures .
The convergence of our work is so incredibly tight that when Dr. Seekins first found my site, he
was convinced that I must have drawn my understanding directly from his material. The fact is
I had never seen his work. I have since received
copies of his primary works and I must say that his
conclusion was completely justified, given
the limited information he had. For example, on page 1 of Hebrew Word Pictures, he explains
how he was led of God to begin this work some twenty years ago when he attended a Hebrew seminar
(all quotes from his work are copyright 1994, 2002 Dr. Frank T. Seekins):
The instructor at that seminar shared with us that Hebrew used to be an ideogramic language
(i.e. many pictures are used to describe a word). He demonstrated this point with the Hebrew word for
shepherd. The three letters in this word are Reysh the head, Ayin the eye and
Hey the window. Together these letters reveal the picture for a shepherd
as a person looking out of the window or as one who watches intently.
This is very near to the interpretation I have had published on this site for over two years in my
article The Chief Shepherd.
This demonstrates the objective reality of these interpretions. They are based on
the common, traditional meaning of the letters as revealed in
their names, their use in the Hebrew language, and the
Alphabetic Verses. In his Hebrew Word Pictures,
Dr. Seekins lists all the alphabetic verses of Psalm 119 and shows how the exemplify the meaning
of each letter, much as I do on this site for all the alphabetic verses.
The idea of analysing Hebrew words in terms of the meaning of their constituent letters is very
old. The ancient Sepher Yetzirah speaks of it in terms of the circle of Hebrew letters,
as discussed in 231 Gates.
Dr. Seekins insights are an important contribution to the study of Scripture. He began his study some
ten years before me. It appears that he is
largely responsible for reviving the study of Hebrew Word Pictures in the twentieth century.
I whole-heartedly recommend all his works.