The Torah is the most important document in Judaism, revered as the inspired word of God, traditionally said to have been revealed to Moses.
The word Torah means "To teach," "God’s instruction," "to Guide." Its foundation scripture is Leviticus 10:11, which reads, “and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the LORD has spoken to them by Moses.”
The commonly accepted word "law" gives the wrong impression.
It is also known as the Five Books of Moses, or as the Sefer Torah, which refers to the scroll cases in which the books were kept. In Greek, it is called Pentateuch ("five rolls or cases").
The word “Torah” is really only four letters in Hebrew, all of the consonants. The vowel sounds of the “o” and “ah” are not written as letters of the alphabet. They are understood to be present when certain consonants appear.
With that information in mind, let’s take a look at the four Hebrew letters
• The letter “T” comes from the last word of the Hebrew alphabet, the letter tav.
Here is another Point about Hebrew:
In ancient Hebrew with each letter being a pictogram of an object from which meaning was derived, the letter Tav was two lines intersecting just like a cross.
• The “o” sound is produced by a consonant that is the sixth letter of the alphabet, the letter vav. It was written in ancient Hebrew as a nail or peg.
• The “r” sound in the Torah is the letter resh. It is a pictogram of a man’s head with a trailing body and looks similar to our number nine. It is a man, emphasizing his head at the top, but that is not all of it.
This meaning was not just a “man”. This was a “Chief Man” or a Leader
• The last letter is the consonant hey. It produces the vowel sound of “ah.” It is comparable to our English letter “h.” The accent is on this “ah” sound—Torah.
In ancient Hebrew, the letter hey was a stick figure of a man with his arms outstretched wide. Standing alone, the letter could be read as, “Behold!” or “See!”
In a Military term, it was the words “Attention!”
In the Southern United States, a call often heard is “Hey!” Its meaning is quite similar in Hebrew.
The Old Hebrew way of writing the word “Torah” would be with four distinct pictures in a row, each representing one of the four letters, and each picture in combination with the others revealing the thought behind the word.
In Hebrew, you generally start at the back and work to the front when reading letters in a word to get its Paleo-Hebrew meaning. So we start with the last letter.
• It is the letter hey and, as we mentioned before, one of the meanings is, “Behold!”
• The next to last letter is the resh or “r” sound. Again, it means a head man, a chief man. So far, we have the phrase, “Behold the chief Man!”
Now, let’s take in the meanings of the last two pictures, reading backward.
• The next letter is vav, and, again, it means “a nail.”
• The first letter of Torah is the sound of “T” or the letter tav written in the shape of a cross.
So putting all the letters together as one thought, one word, we read: “Behold the chief Man nailed on a cross.”
This is the literal meaning of the pictographic way of understanding the word “Torah”. It is a picture of the Messiah Yeshua dying on the cross for our sins.
He is Torah in his life, death, resurrection, and glorification. Apart from Him, there is no Torah. That makes Him the “Living Torah”
The Judaism numerical gematria for the Words “The Living Torah” is 644.
It is also the same gematria with the words “The Supreme God”
In John 1:1-2 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
The Aramaic word, “Memra,” was a term used by the ancient sages in the centuries before and after Yeshua when speaking of God’s expression of Himself. This word, in Greek, is “Logos.” These two words, “Memra” and “Logos,” are universally translated in English as “Word.”
John was asserting that the Messiah not only existed before the world began but actually did the creating.
The Aramaic Targums, translations of the Hebrew Scriptures into Aramaic during the 2nd Temple Period before the birth of Yeshua, speak of a unique individual whom they refer to as “Memra.” These Targums use the word “Memra” to describe a person whom they say is the Creator of the world
If your understanding of “Word” in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) is “Torah”, as John would have understood it in Hebrew and “Memra” in Aramaic, the speaking language at the time of John, you now, also, have a greater understanding of this verse.