As a central theme throughout the Bible, the Hebrew word אוֹר (or) – meaning light – has both literal and metaphorical meanings. In the Torah, light is the first thing that God creates, representing the beginnings of life and knowledge. The word אוֹר, “or”, is used to describe the light of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it is also used metaphorically to represent knowledge, enlightenment, and God’s presence in the world.
The Torah is often used interchangeably with the word “light” in religious thought and practice. Based on scriptures like Psalm 119:105, for example, the Psalmist proclaims, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” indicating the role of the scriptures as a source of guidance and illumination for the believer. Similarly, in Proverbs 6:23, the Text is described as “a lamp and a light,” indicating its importance as a source of wisdom and understanding.Continue reading Hebrew Word of the day -אוֹר (light).