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Spirit (Ruach)

C

Chet

Within

v

Vav

Establish

r

Resh

Man

Spirit is the expression of man that is established from within, commonly portrayed as breath or wind.

r

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

v

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

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.

Original Pastel Art of Spirit

Original Pastel Art by Marla Jean Clinesmith. Art is 4.5″x6.5″ matted under glass in a 9.5″x10.5″ frame.

Explanation

C

Chet

Within

v

Vav

Establish

r

Resh

Man

Spirit is the expression of man that is established from within, commonly portrayed as breath or wind.

r

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

v

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

C

The 'Chet' depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.
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Passover

C

Chet

Protect

u

Samech

Turn

P

Pey

Spirit

The word is specific to the event in Exodus 12.  Simply it means to crossover or leap.   The pictographs give us the idea that the Spirit (God’s spirit since the word is first used when God is talking) will turn death away from your walls or protect your walls.

P

The ‘Pey’ represents an open mouth means speak, open, blow, or apart.

u

The ‘Samech’ represents a thorn bush that would prop up, support, twist, turn, or snare.

C

The ‘Chet’ illustrates a fence surrounding and protecting the action of life.

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.

20. How do you get more meaning out of Paleo Hebrew compared to Modern Hebrew? – Why does Paleo Hebrew give a different meaning than Modern Hebrew in many cases?

Rather than pursue a different or more accurate definition or a deeper or mystical meaning of a Hebrew word, Paleo / Ancient Hebrew’s greatest asset is to assist the student in more clearly determining the “functional meaning” of the word. The scriptural principle that enhances this process is that, first comes the natural and then comes the spiritual. In other words, once the natural message(s) of the individual pictograph is known then the “functional meaning” of that word picture finds its value. This process is interdependent on the reader knowing the message conveyed by the individual pictographs in their cultural context. In contrast, English as well as most Western language systems are phonetic in design using a memory system of shapes and sounds to form words that are phonetically memorized but have little if any embedded meaning in the individual letters. An excellent example of these differences is found in the word “dog”. In English D – o – g is simply three individual shapes with no inherent meaning. In Ancient / Paleo pictographs, the Hebrew for dog is K – l – b, or Kalev. Its functional meaning is “all heart”. Anyone that has spent time with “man’s best friend” knows that a dog’s nature is “all heart”!

Additionally, it should be noted that the growth of Modern Hebrew, dictated by the need for new words with no Biblical background, has accelerated the pressure to use phonetic practices to create new Hebrew words without the underlying meanings prevalent in Ancient / Paleo Hebrew.

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Grace

n

Nun

Life/Heir

C

Chet

Fence

Illustrates a fence surrounding and protecting the action of life. God’s grace is a spiritual concept of a place or setting where God offers protection, provision, and empowerment for life.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.

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.

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OUR MISSION: Sharing the mysteries of Ancient Hebrew to enhance the study and understanding of God’s Word.

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Ancient Hebrew letters were simple pictures that had meanings. A combination of these letters or pictographs defined the meaning of the words that included them. Taken in the proper context, we often find these meanings to be much richer than the simple English word we know and use today. See a simplified document containing all 22 of the Hebrew letters with their meanings.
After hearing word studies by Pastor Jim Woodard, Holy Spirit led Marla Jean Clinesmith to create artistic renderings of the words. The word art on this site paints Ancient Hebrew word pictures in bright, contemporary compositions. Word explanations are often accompanied by illustrations. You may also view all art, books, jewelry, and other products in the store.

Listed below are some interesting word studies to begin your journey into Ancient Hebrew. Each word has various options, to read an enlightening explanation using Ancient Hebrew pictographs, watch a short video, or shop word products.


Adonai shop read

Beginning & End shop read

Chanukah shop read

Blessed shop read

El Shaddai shop read

Everlasting Father shop read

Faith shop read

Fire watch read

First & Last shop read


Guilt watch


Hope shop read

Honor watch read

Humble shop watch read

Jehovah shop read

Jireh shop read


Life shop read


Loving Kindness shop read


Mighty God shop read

Mother watch read

Name shop read


Prince of Peace shop read

Rapha shop read

Redeem read

Repent shop watch read

Righteous shop watch read

Selah shop read


Shabat watch

Shalom shop watch read

Star of David shop

Spirit shop read

Tsedeq shop read

Woman watch

Yeshua shop read

About Us

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.

Word Study

Listed below are some interesting word studies to begin your journey into Ancient Hebrew. Each word has various options, to read an enlightening explanation using Ancient Hebrew pictographs, watch a short video, or shop word products.


Adonai shop read

Beginning & End shop read

Chanukah shop read

Blessed shop read

El Shaddai shop read

Everlasting Father shop read

Faith shop read

Fire watch read

First & Last shop read


Guilt watch


Hope shop read

Honor watch read

Humble shop watch read

Jehovah shop read

Jireh shop read


Life shop read


Loving Kindness shop read


Mighty God shop read

Mother watch read

Name shop read


Prince of Peace shop read

Rapha shop read

Redeem read

Repent shop watch read

Righteous shop watch read

Selah shop read


Shabat watch

Shalom shop watch read

Star of David shop

Spirit shop read

Tsedeq shop read

Woman watch

Yeshua shop read

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.

DVD-Vol1-Aleph Bet Ancient Pictograph & Meanings

Join Pastor Jim as he reveals the fascinating explanations of the pictographs used in Ancient Hebrew. Learn what each letter of the Hebrew language was representative of in pictorial form and how the pictographs formed the basis of a simple yet sophisticated language system. That system would not only serve the Ancients in their normal day to day activities but also provide a framework for the spiritual truths that God would embed in His written Word. See how Biblical Old Testament words transposed into pictographs and as seen through the eyes of the Ancient Bedouin culture reveals a vista of Biblical understanding never available through normal English translations.