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                      by Lois Tverberg

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About the Companion Bible Study

The Bible speaks in words and phrases that come from a very different culture, place and time. Sometimes its Hebraic ideas and imagery sound foreign to us, but when we enter the minds of its authors, we discover wonderful new depth and meaning. Come with us as we learn from the Bible's rich phrases and imagery, and gain new insight on its words for our lives.

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Listening to the Language of the Bible is a guide for discovering the richness of the Scriptures in their Hebraic setting. Using the tools of language and culture, it unearths beautiful nuggets of new meaning from the Bible's ancient words. From seemingly odd phrases, it shares rich insights from Hebrew and Jewish culture that clarify and deepen our reading. The book examines many topics from the perspective of the ancient writers, including prayer, family and the promised Messiah. 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 can be read by itself for a brief overview of many concepts that shed light on the Scriptures, or used as a Bible study with the Companion Bible Study, below. With many additional references, the book is useful as a continuing reference for Bible reading. It would make a lovely gift for a friend, or to share with a group of study partners.

Sample articles are below (.pdf files). Study questions are from the Companion Bible Study.

Shema - Listen and Obey - questions
Yir'ah - Fear, Awe and Reverence - questions
Da'at Elohim - Knowledge of God - questions
Torah - Law and Instruction - questions

An excerpt from the introduction:

Anyone who studies the Bible will notice right from the start that it often speaks in words and phrases that are difficult to understand. We need to remember that the scriptures come to us from languages and cultures very different from our own.

... If we delve further into the minds of the Bible’s authors, we often discover that their strange-sounding language actually contains rich insights that are not always apparent in the English translation. These insights are often key to understanding the text and applying it to our lives. We also discover rich poetry, humorous irony, and timeless wisdom when we hear their thoughts more clearly... 


Come along with us as we open the Scriptures and discover keys that will unlock hidden treasure for our lives.

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A review from Halvor Ronning, Member, Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research; Director of the Home for Bible Translators, Jerusalem, Israel:

"Listening to the Language of the Bible is outstanding in its ability to communicate biblical concepts like nuggets of gold. Each article is succinct, and yet penetrates deeply with its precious insights. Using another simile, one can compare each of these short articles to the tip of an iceberg which gives a glimpse of a huge looming reality to be discovered. Whole doctoral theses have been devoted to some of these biblical concepts which are so attractively and enticingly presented. This book presents short, pithy, hard-hitting insights in just the right doses for our television mentality of limited attention span.

Highly recommended for those wanting not only deeper intellectual understanding, but wanting to grow into more joyful and deeper discipleship. This is a HOW TO manual for following our Lord Jesus in a more genuinely and biblically true way."

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Listening to the Language of the Bible:
Companion Bible Study

Listening to the Language of the Bible is an introduction to the rich Hebrew words and Jewish ideas that deepen our Bible study. This Companion Bible Study is intended to be a helpful expansion of that book, with questions that explore each concept more fully in other Bible texts and discuss other nuances of meaning than in the corresponding LLB chapter. It allows readers to think through how reading from a Hebraic perspective adds new meaning to Scripture passages, and what implications this might have for our lives today.

Listening to the Language of the Bible: Companion Bible Study, Soft cover, 96 pages
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This study guide is designed for either individual or group Bible study. Each chapter has four or five thought-provoking questions, and at the end of the book is a section of the author's partial answers, to help better explain the direction of the question and to give a group leader ideas to stimulate discussion. For additional study, a page of links to relevant articles for each chapter of LLB are available on this site too.


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