Print of Son (Ben)

Son artPrint is mounted under a white 12×12 mat (not pictured online) with a backer. Size shown is for the outside of the mat.

Explanation

Son (Ben)


n

Nun

Life

b

Bet

Floor Plan

Life of the house.

b

The ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.

Original Art of the Aaronic Blessing

A colorfully complex work created by Marla Jean Clinesmith depicting the Ancient Hebrew letters that we know as the Aaronic Blessing from Numbers 6:22–26.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’”


The acrylic paint with metallic accents on paper artwork is 17.5″ x 23.5″, matted under glass in a beautiful gold painted 28″ x 34″ antique wooden frame.

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Ancient Hebrew Teachings, Art and Jewelry to Stir Your Spirit

Learning modern Hebrew is difficult, but the ancient language is easy. It’s pictures! Almost certainly Moses, and possibly even Abraham, used a simple pictograph language of 22 picture letters for written communication.  Each letter portrayed a familiar concept, and when combined with the other letters, illustrated the meaning of a word as a WORD PICTURE.

You can see it here!

Did you know that Ancient or Paleo Hebrew may very well be, at the same time, the simplest and most sophisticated language system in history. The secret to this unique ability of Ancient (Paleo) Hebrew lies in its power to use word pictures which not only form common words, but also express its definition.

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You can start learning the ancient AlephBet right now, right here! It’s EASY! In 2-3 minutes you can have an understanding of how it works; in 15 minutes you will vividly see the value of your study; and in an hour you will feel compelled to dig deeper.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how it works, you can enjoy Marla Jean’s art and jewelry created from it. Here is a small taste. Go ahead and take a look. Can you already recognize some of the letters?

Love

Animated gif of Ancient Hebrew letters in Love

Bless

Grace

Portrait of Marla Jean Clinesmith
Artist Marla Jean Clinesmith

My personal mission is to be an artist who is “creatively significant!” I don’t intend to just paint pretty pictures to compliment decorator designs. I want to find irresistible ways to share spiritual concepts that go BEYOND ART. My desire is that YOU, the viewer, will be given the opportunity to Expand your spiritual understanding and Experience the deep, deep well of God’s Word through the Paleo Hebrew pictographic language — in color! When you put one of my works of art on your wall, I want you to enjoy it for art’s sake, but go even deeper and be able to Engage your guests in a spiritual conversation par excellence!

Pastor Jim Woodard

To me Ancient / Paleo Hebrew is a captivating language system. The secret to Ancient (Paleo) Hebrew’s unique ability lies in its capability to “draw” Word Pictures in the cultural context of the original authors. My objective is not to change the definitions of Biblical words, but rather to allow the pictographs to provide the modern reader with functional and useful insight as originally expressed in ancient nomadic, agrarian, and Semitic cultural context and settings. My desire is to see Ancient Hebrew equip today’s Bible reader with the ability to discover the vast array of Hebraisms and insights that reveal the Heart of our Heavenly Father in a way translation in modern languages struggle to do.

We are a team consisting of Pastor Jim Woodard and his wife, Claudia, and artist Marla Jean Clinesmith and her husband, Trent.

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Jim, Claudia, Marla Jean, & Trent

We absolutely love all of our prints.  We love to share the Meaning of the Hebrew words.  We have them scattered around the house and on all the walls of our office. It just surrounds us with the living words of the Lord.  

I treasure my paleo jewelry you designed!  Each piece is so meaningful to me.  As with the prints; each piece reminds me of our Faithful God.

All of the above has come to life and been built on the classes George and I took under Jim’s Paleo Hebrew teaching.  God’s Word now has even deeper meaning.  Even our trip to Israel was so much more meaningful as a result of Jim’s teaching.

Diania Marshall

Wearing God’s grace ring on my finger reminds me I can’t earn it and that it is given unconditionally. It keeps me humble and also prompts me to provide grace to others. I had the heart of love (A’hav) bracelet made into a necklace. Wearing God’s love as a symbol around my neck is a powerful reminder of His promises. I am hopeful these pieces will be noticed and spark conversations about the symbols, their meaning to me, and what they could mean for those that don’t know or have a relationship with Him.

Jan Rice

I have several of Marla’s originals, as well as many prints. The prints are as beautiful as the originals…very true to color. They will enliven both the space they are in and grace your life with a deeper meaning of God’s eternal Word.

Elizabeth Goodgion

This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look,
Ask for the ancient paths,
Ask where the good way is,
and walk in it,
And you will find rest for your souls.”

Jeremiah 6:16


The prophet Jeremiah tells us that there is something we should SEE and SEEK out of the ancient paths.  Pursuing an understanding of the ancient Hebrew language reveals a wisdom that is tried and tested so that we can secure God’s blessing and find rest for our souls.

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Armor of God

Armor of God


In Ephesians 6:10-20, we are told to wear the Armor of God. Here we can use the Ancient Hebrew letters to gain a better understanding of each piece of the armor.



Helmet of Salvation (Yeshuah)


h

Hey

Behold

E

Ayin

Look

v

Vav

Nail

S

Shin

Separate

y

Yud

Hand

As pictographs, the letters combine to mean ‘Behold, see how a hand will save or separate by a nail.’ But it is actually a compound word consisting of ‘Ya’ (God) and the root word ‘shuah’ (to rescue). In the Armor of God, the Helmet of Salvation is Yeshuah, the one who secures our rescue or salvation.
yThe ‘Yud’ in pictograph form shows an arm and a hand. The picture can mean to work, throw, worship, or it can simply mean an arm or hand.
sSThe ‘Shin’ may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.
vThe ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.
EThe ‘Ayin’ appears as an eye. It relates to the function of the eye, understanding, or knowledge.
hHThe ‘Hey’ appears as a man waving his arms. It relates to pay attention, hehold, reveal.

Breastplate of Righteousness (Tsedek)


Breastplate of Righteousness

q

Quph

Follow

D

Dalet

Journey

F

Tsade

Seek

As part of the Armor of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness represents seeking a journey that follows God.

F

The ‘Tsade’ represents a man searching or seeking and means hunter, catch, or desire.

D

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door as going in and out of a door or a journey.

q

The ‘Quph’ character appears like the back of man’s head or a sunset and means last, behind, following, revolving or cycle of time.

Belt of Truth (Emet)


belt of truth

t

Tau

Covenant

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The Belt of Truth is an important item in the Armor of God used in spiritual warfare. The Aleph and Mem together create the word “Mother,” the strong water that nurtures and holds a family together. The word “Truth” means to nurture the covenant.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood. On the other hand, water sustained life and in this instance, it carries that meaning.

t

The ‘Tau’ is used as a man’s mark, either like a signature on an agreement or even a crossed sticks on the ground to mark a boundary point. Either way, it is associated with an agreement or covenant between two people or between man and God.

Shoes of Peace (Shalom)


M

Mem

Chaos

v

Vav

Establish

l

Lamed

Authority

s

Shin

Destroy

Destroy the authority that establishes chaos. In this illustration as part of the Armor of God, the Shoes of Peace indicate we need to to be walking or pursuing. If we do the walking, God will destroy the chaos ahead of us.

sS

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

l

The ‘Lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used the staff to exercise authority over the sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, move forward, or authority.

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews did not understand the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

Shield of Faith (Emunah)


H

Hey

Behold

n

Nun

Life/Heir

v

Vav

Secure

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The pictograph portrays getting our attention, ‘Behold’, the root of Em (mother or giver of life) who seeks to establish continual life or activity in us. Faith is the actions of our life that reveal our relationship with the life giver. Our faith brings a life that has purpose. When our actions come into agreement with the Lord, the enemy’s weapons cannot penetrate the Shield of Faith.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

v

The ‘Vav’ pictures a tent peg or nail. It means to secure, connect, or establish.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.

hH

The ‘Hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.

Sword of the Spirit – The Word (Debar)


r

Resh

Man

B

Beyt

Home

D

Dalet

Door

The only offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, which is The Word of God (Debar). Words, in the ancient thought process, had substance. Sentences were an ordered arrangement of ideas that ordered lives. The Word of God makes the enemy back down. The more a person is in command of the Word, the more effective soldier he will be.

D

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.

B

The ‘Beyt’ depicts the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

23. What is the difference in a definition vs a functional meaning?

A definition is the generally accepted meaning(s) of a word based on the general usage of that word. This can apply to pictorially based words as well as phonetically based words. The functional meaning of a word is that perspective that the word projects based on the combining of the pictographs that comprise the word with the context within which the word is used. Functional meaning is based on the physical message of a person, place, thing, or action each letter projects and can therefore not only speak to a natural meaning but to a spiritual principle or precept as well.

21. Can’t someone shanghai a Paleo Hebrew word meaning and say it means just about anything they want?

Within some limits, yes, one could twist the meaning of a word to suit their desires, either out of ignorance or to fulfill an agenda. That is why it is so important to attempt to understand the letters and words in the context of the time and people where it was used. It is not a perfect or easy task for a 21th century English speaking person in a modern land of abundance to fully understand the meaning of ancient writings. That is why it is critical that we study the ancient times and understand the Hebraisms that are so very different from our Western thought processes.

09. Should I learn Modern Hebrew or Paleo Hebrew?

Whether you learn Modern or Paleo Hebrew depends on your purpose in learning the language. If you want to carry on conversations in Hebrew, the Modern form would be best.  A quick comparison would be to ask yourself which would you rather speak in the US today?  Old English or Modern English?  Same with Hebrew.

But, if your intent is to understand Scripture as the original author intended; learning the Paleo pictographic language will give you a much more functional perspective.  You will need to acquire the mindset of an ancient Bedouin and search out how he would have understood the word from the world around him, his culture.  It will take some work, but definitely worth the effort!

08. How is English different from Hebrew?

There are several distinct differences between Hebrew and English:
  1. Modern Hebrew letters developed from the ancient Paleo Hebrew letters and are visually quite different from English letters.
  2. Hebrew letters have no upper and lower case and five of the Hebrew letters have a different form when they appear at the end of a word. On the other hand, each English letter has an upper and lower case form that does not change depending on their placement in a word.
  3. Hebrew uses an abjad writing system which simply means there are only consonant symbols and the reader is left to supply the appropriate vowel sound.
  4. Hebrew is read from right to left while English is left to right.

03. Why does Hebrew read from Right to Left and English from Left to Right?

This probably cannot be answered with certainty.  One popular theory proposes that early writing was chiseled in stone.  In order to carve letters into stone the writer would most likely use his stronger hand, which was usually the right, to use the hammer that would strike the chisel held in the left hand making the mark.  Practically speaking it would be much easier to move from right to left.  Maybe, maybe not?  Many archaeological finds are inscriptions that were incised into wet clay instead of chiseled in stone.  For instance, ceramic shards or clay tablets.

Ancient Jewish mystics, on the other hand, generally feel that writing from right to left occurred because the right side is given precedence in Judaism.  Why is that?  An ancient teaching assigns the characteristic of words ‘chesed’ (loving kindness) to the right side and ‘gevurah’ (severity) to the left side.  Kindness always comes first and begins on the right.  For this reason a scribe would be prone to start on the right and work towards the left.

As languages and writing instruments evolved technical issues could have changed writing direction.  It is thought that as scribes used pen and parchment it was technically easier for them to write from left to right so that ink did not smudge.  English definitely would have been one of the languages that moved in that direction while Hebrew and other Aramaic languages were already set with right to left movement.

01. Why study Hebrew?

When studied from the Hebrew perspective, words from the Scriptures can provide a wonderful and enhanced understanding that English definitions struggle to express. 

The Old Testament (the Torah, Psalms, and Prophets) was written in Hebrew and so it is called the “Holy Language.” One very important reason to study the language is that it gives insight into the Jewish mindset, which is much different from Western mindset.  To thoroughly understand the message of Scripture it is necessary to understand the people, culture, and time in which the original text was written.

Martin Luther summed it up when he wrote,  “The Hebrew language is the best language of all…if I were younger I would want to learn this language, because no one can really understand the Scriptures without it.  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 drink from the stream that flows from it, and the Latins from a downstream pool.”

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Name

Name


s

Shin

Destroy

m

Mem

Chaos

What destroys chaos. In Ancient Hebrew, everything was in the name because it described the character of a person. God revealed Himself through His name.

m

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews did not understand the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

s

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

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Who We Are

Good Friends in Ministry


Jim and Claudia Woodard have been in Christian ministry since the 1970’s. Trent and Marla Jean Clinesmith got serious in the 1990’s.


Jim Woodard

Pastor, The Crossroads Church, Belle Chasse, Louisiana

In 2001, after a 25 year career in the oil and gas industry, Jim Woodard and his wife, Claudia, planted the non-denominational Crossroads Church in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Jim‘s life experiences, both in fellowship and out of fellowship, along with an eagerness to understand and communicate God’s Word, have given him a unique ability to make the Bible truly a life-application book. His personal discovery of a growing body of work on Ancient and Paleo Hebrew Aleph-Bets combined with the methods he has learned and developed to understand the thoughts conveyed through these Word Pictures provide new and exciting study tools to the Body of Christ.

While continuing to serve as senior pastor of The CrossRoads Church in Belle Chasse, Jim is passionate about sharing the message of Ancient Hebrew through his seminars, writing, and YouTube ministries.

Jim and Claudia reside in New Orleans and have two grown children and five grandchildren.


Marla Jean Clinesmith

In 2014, while listening to Pastor Jim teaching on the Ancient Hebrew pictographic language, Marla Jean began to see these word pictures in her mind in various colors and juxtapositions. Eventually, she began putting on paper what Holy Spirit had impressed upon her about various words through what she likes to call ‘God Colors.’

Her art journey began by studying studio art in college, but then took a spiritual detour as she spent 21 years with Kingdom Building Ministries as a facilitator of biblically-based personal leadership training and as a “Personal Life Coach” in the New Orleans area. In 2018, she felt the Lord leading her to move into being a full-time artist with the intent of being creatively significant by finding irresistible ways to share spiritual concepts that will influence people in their faith.


Jim and Claudia met Trent and Marla Jean while attending the same church over 20 years ago. Both couples have been involved in Kingdom ministry in multiple venues and efforts over that time, many times working together and in support of each other. The collaboration of Jim’s teaching of Ancient Hebrew with Marla Jean’s art expressions of Ancient Hebrew Word Pictures provides a powerful presentation of the heart of God through the Ancient language of the Old Testament.

The objective of this website is to offer a user-friendly resource for learning and being blessed by God’s Word as seen through the eyes of the Ancient Hebrew characters of the Bible. Our prayer is that God will open new vistas of understanding from the Word which will enrich your journey through the Kingdom.

DVD-Vol2-Ancient Pictograph Words and Their Meanings

In the second video of this series, Pastor Jim takes you through the Hebrew Aleph Bet demonstrating how each letter is used in a Biblical word in its ancient pictorial form. You will be amazed at the depth of meaning found in words such as Holy, Righteous, Love, and Die. You will learn how powerful ancient pictographs were in revealing deep spiritual lessons by applying the experiences and principles of everyday natural activities. Best of all, you will experience firsthand how an understanding of Ancient Hebrew can enhance your personal Bible reading and study. It’s been said that a trip to Israel will change your Bible reading from black and white to Technicolor. While that is true, understanding Ancient Hebrew pictographs will advance your Bible experience to 3-D.