About Chaim Bentorah Ministries
We are a ministry dedicated to encouraging Christians to study the Word of God through the original Hebrew language, fostering a dependency on the Holy Spirit to lead the Believer into a deeper knowledge of the Word of God. Feeding a growing hunger among Believers to study the Biblical languages in order to gain deeper insight into the heart of God, resulting in growing in greater intimacy with Jesus.
Chaim Bentorah received his B.A. degree from Moody Bible Institute in Jewish Studies and his M.A. degree from Denver Seminary in Old Testament and Hebrew and his PhD in Biblical Archeology. His Doctoral Dissertation is on the “Esoteric Structure of the Hebrew Alphabet.” He has taught Classical Hebrew at World Harvest Bible College for thirteen years and also taught Hebrew for three years as a language course for Christian Center High School. He is presently teaching Biblical Hebrew and Greek to pastors in the Metro Chicago area.
Chaim Bentorah has a book and manual entitled Beyond the Lexicon which offers a guide for anyone regardless of their background to do Hebrew Word studies. He also has a book of animal stories entitled Biblical Truths from Uncle Otto’s Farm. These are stories he told when he worked his way through Bible college as a ventriloquist. His newest book Hebrew Word Study Revealing The Heart of God published by Whitaker House. He has just signed a contract with Whitaker House to publish his book A Hebrew Teacher’s Journey into Silence to be released in the fall of 2017. These books are not the usual type of Word study which Christians are familiar. He leans very heavily upon Jewish teachings and their use of the Esoteric Hebrew and presents it in a devotional format to address the emotion context of each Hebrew word.
Chaim Bentorah attended undergraduate and graduate school during the time that the New International Version of the Old Testament was being translated. Every Hebrew instructor he studied under was involved in the translation process. His classes focused on the methods of translation and the particular passages that these instructors were assigned by the NIV translation committee. He was one of two students who were involved in an advanced Hebrew study under Dr. Kalland at Denver Seminary whom Chaim Bentorah considered to be his mentor. Dr. Kalland was on the executive committee for the translation of the NIV and it was in this study that Chaim Bentorah was exposed to the inner workings of the translation process. He remembers becoming very discouraged over the lack of depth in many of the renderings and as a result his teacher encouraged him to seek out Jewish rabbis and discuss their theories of translation.
Chaim Bentorah managed to have discussions with orthodox and esoteric rabbis and from them he learned that you could translate the Hebrew not only word for word, but letter by letter. Although he never incorporated their methods of study and translation in his own teachings while he served as an instructor in Classical Hebrew at World Harvest Bible College, he did spend the last thirty five years reading and translating from the Talmud, Mishnah and other Jewish sacred books the methods of study that rabbis through the centuries have recorded from Jewish literature.
About six years ago he began to send out daily devotionals through e-mail to about 150 of his former students. Each devotional took a passage of Scripture and did a study on the key words of each verse. In these studies he began to use the tools he learned from his research and discussion with rabbis translating letter by letter for many words he was studying. He would often spend six to eight hours a day in such studies.
Chaim Bentorah is presently devoting his time researching Hebrew words from the Semitic languages and teachings in the Jewish Talmud and continues to write daily word studies that are posted on this site in a devotional format.
Laura Bertone is the Bentorah of Chaim Bentorah and has worked in ministry for over twenty years and has been Chaim’s study partner for many years. She is working on her degree in Biblical Studies as well as carrying on the administrative work of Chaim Bentorah Ministries and assisting Chaim in his word studies. She is also writing a book on Psalms 119 from a Hebrew perspective. You may check out her word studies on Jot and Tittles. She is also preparing to be a foster a parent.
Laura has a love for the holistic nature of the Biblical Hebrew and this has led her to learn and share about essential oils.