Makor is the Hebrew word for a source of water such as a fountain or natural spring. Makor Hebrew Foundation is dedicated to uncovering the Hebrew sources of the Jewish and Christian faiths. The Tanakh (“Old Testament”), the Bible of the Jews, was revealed by God in Hebrew to the prophets of ancient Israel. Much of the Christian Scriptures, the New Testament, were originally written in Hebrew or based on Hebrew sources. The early Church Father Papias reported in the 2nd Century:

Matthew composed his history in the Hebrew dialect, and everyone translated it as he was able.

The founder of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, once said:

The Hebrew language is the best language of all, with the richest vocabulary… If I were younger I would want to learn this language, because no one can really understand the Scriptures without it. For although the New Testament is written in Greek, it is full of hebraisms and Hebrew expressions. It has therefore been aptly said that the Hebrews drink from the spring, the Greeks from the stream that flows from it, and the Latins from a downstream puddle.

By comparing the Hebrew “source” to a “spring” of water Martin Luther was alluding the Hebrew word Makor which signifies both a source and a spring. He was also drawing on the metaphor used thousands of years earlier in the prophecy of Jeremiah:

For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain (makor) of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns-broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

The purpose of Makor Hebrew Foundation is to bring Jews and Christians together in an exploration of the Hebrew makor of their respective faiths. The language of the prophets of ancient Israel is not just another language, it is Lashon Ha-Kodesh, the holy tongue. God used the Hebrew language when he called the Universe into existence and before the Tower of Babel all mankind spoke the Hebrew language. The prophet Zephaniah foretells a time when the curse of Babel will be lifted and all mankind shall once again be united by the Hebrew language:

For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of Yehovah, to serve Him with one accord. (Zeph 3:9)

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  1. I have learnt so much from the resources on Nehemia’s Wall and the the programs Torah Pearls, Prophet Pearls and Hebrew Voices. These programs have inspired me to dig deeper into the Scriptures and draw closer to Yehovah. There is so much to learn. I have recently begun tackling Hebrew, not so easy for a lifetime English speaker and writer, but I must agree with Martin Luther’s comment about the Hebrew language which I see gives a depth of understanding that is so often lost when only reading the English versions. I am thrilled with the doors Yehovah has opened for me as I choose to seek his truth and it has been a very humbling, exciting and sometimes lonely journey but one I am most grateful he has taken me on. I appreciate very much what Makor Hebrew Foundations has done and continues to do. Nehemia, I thank you for your faithfulness in sharing what you have discovered in an unbiased honest way. May Yehovah bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon and give you peace as you continue to learn and share with others.

    Sincere regards,


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