Please, don't misunderstand. If starting from ground zero as far as scripture study then please study the language from the Holy Land. This is a common problem with interpretation. The language commonly used included extensive imagery and symbolism to represent other things or thoughts. It was never as "cut and dry" as the English language. One must first understand how the language is presented then read and understand the entire context in which it was written. It is actually a beautiful language in original script.