The subject of torah can be difficult to bring up in conversation with new acquaintances without a receiving looks of disdain and/or suspicion. Religions have commandeered the Bible as their religious book thereby attaching any study of this book to a study of a religion’s beliefs. The words have been abused in translations and used to control people and therefore few outside of religions have any desire to study the book for the true purpose of its existence. No one comes to the Father except through his Word.
Eph 3:18 KJV – May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
One professor at Yale made an attempt to teach the contents of the Bible from an archeological perspective reducing the content to a collection of myths alongside the Epic of Gilgamesh. I find no comparison between the Biblical allegories and ancient mythology. In fact, by holding them side-by-side the differences become astounding. The teachings from the concrete Hebrew words form the basis of reason through the function or action of those words in the ancient Hebrew. Without studying these in depth, valuable and life changing information is lost and the book reads only as a storybook.
The way to acquire this valuable information is a deep study of the Hebrew words in the context of the ancient Hebrew people. Jeff Benner from the Ancient Hebrew Research Center [ http://www.ancient-hebrew.org ] gives an excellent insight into these ancient people, their alphabet and way of life. He has several videos to help point you in the direction to begin your personal journey into the study of the Word set apart from any religion.