This page describes in more detail the purpose of My Hebrew Bible
My goal is to help people (including myself) to make their King James bible slowly become their Hebrew bible. I want to 'trick' them into learning Hebrew words as they go about reading their bible. The thought is that their custom bible will remember Hebrew words that they have learned in the past so when a portion of scripture (parasha) comes up to be studied these Hebrew words will be substituted.
I’ve used bible software before like e-Sword which is a “general purpose” bible program. With 'My Hebrew Bible' (MHB), I am interested in having the focus and detail be on a portion of the bible that would studied in a group format. Having access to the rest of the bible of course would be a feature of MHB, but it’s a secondary one.
MHB is designed to move people to a better understanding of Hebrew which is the source language of the TaNaCh. I also believe that the Brit Chadasha (Renewed or "New" Covenant) was written from the mindset of a Hebrew thinking people, therefore understanding Hebrew greatly reduces the inherent problems associated with translations as it takes you to the source. I also contend that Hebrew is the pure language spoken of in Zephaniah 3:9 (see my one page document on Zephaniah 3:8-9 here).
With the design of MHB being both parasha centered and Hebrew centered, the intent is to have each MHB user create their own bible “translation” that grows over time moving the user from English to Hebrew.
My passion is the law form of Torah (My Religion ) and so MHB will have resources and commentary (at least initially) that relate to that subject matter. To encourage exegesis, the Torah is King. By this I mean that the Torah is given first in scripture and is paramount and all must flow from it, therefore MHB is to be Torah centered and displayed prominently. †
I envision that My Hebrew Bible to be more than just a simple device to replace this English word with that Hebrew word. I want to be able to use it as a foundational writing tool that I can have at my finger tips. Below are some more thoughts.
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: Deu 17:18
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Exo 19:6