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.
An excerpt from the introduction:
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 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.
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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