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Listening to the Language of the Bible

By Lois Tverberg, with Bruce Okkema © 2004 (En-Gedi Resource Center: Holland, MI) 
ISBN: 0974948209, 192 pages, paperback.

Listening to the Language of the Bible is a guide for discovering the richness of the Scriptures in their Hebraic setting. From seemingly odd phrases, it shares important insights from Hebrew and Jewish culture that clarify reading and deepen Bible study. It also looks at the powerful sayings of Jesus in light of the Jewish culture of his time. The book contains more than 60 brief, illustrated devotional articles that unpack the meaning of a biblical word or phrase for our lives. It is intended for personal reflection or group discussion - a Companion Bible Study is available below.  

"Outstanding in its ability to communicate biblical concepts like nuggets of gold...I highly recommend this book for those wanting not only deeper intellectual understanding, but wanting to grow into more joyful and deeper discipleship."

"The perfect introduction to Hebraic thought and culture...broadened my understanding in a way that will forever change the way I read and study the Word...It is such a blessing when you find a book that is so interactive and personally applicable.”

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Listening to the Language - Companion Bible Study

By Lois Tverberg © 2005 (En-Gedi Resource Center: Holland, MI) 
ISBN: 0974948217, 96 pages, paperback.

This Bible study is intended to be a helpful expansion of Listening to the Language of the Bible (above), as a guide to further explore the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective. Questions for each chapter point out other relevant passages and share applications for life today. At the end of the book, Tverberg shares her own thoughts on many of the questions in the study guide.

The two books work well for individual or group Bible study. Group study is especially recommended, because readers will be blessed by others' thoughts and personal insights. Links to relevant articles are available on this site too.

 

         
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New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus
Insights from His Jewish Context

By David Bivin © 2005 (En-Gedi Resource Center: Holland, MI)
ISBN: 0974948225, 208 pages, paperback.
 

David Bivin is the founder and editor of Jerusalem Perspective, a journal that explores the Jewish context of the gospels. He has traveled and lectured internationally for more than 35 years, and is the author of hundreds of articles on that subject.

New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus is a collection of some of his best writing on the Jewishness of Jesus, edited for the general reader. The book examines Jesus' lifestyle as a first-century Jewish rabbi, and looks at how his words would have been understood within the larger framework of first-century Judaism. Many scholarly footnotes make it a valuable help to those who want to study in depth.

Review by Dr. Marvin Wilson, author of Our Father Abraham:

 
In Jerusalem, David Bivin has interacted for decades with some of the best Jewish scholarship in the world. This book displays many of the brilliant Hebraic gems the author has mined that help illuminate the pages of the Gospels. Clearly written and very readable, Bivin shows why Christians need rabbinic sources if they intend to know and understand Jesus in his first-century Jewish setting. New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus is a valuable resource for every serious student of Scripture.
 

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