Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 33: Gehenna

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In this lesson we will learn one new letter, the Hebrew “g” sound, via the famous Hebrew word “Gehenna.”

In this lesson we will learn one new letter, the Hebrew “g” sound, via the famous Hebrew word “Gehenna.”

Hebrew NuggetsThe first letter of the word גֵּיהִנּוֹם (ge·hi·NOM, “Gehenna”) is a new letter: ג. Called גִּימֶל (GI·mel) in Hebrew, ג is pronounced like the “g” in “big,” never like the “g” in “giraffe.” A GI·mel at the beginning of a word always has a dagesh or dot in the middle of the letter (גּ). Unlike the letters ב,‎ כ and פ, the presence or absence of a dagesh in ג has no effect on its pronunciation.

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  1. Thank you for confirming my own studies on the subject. It’s clear “Gehenna” was not meant to be “eternal torture” as misinterpreted today.

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