This book “seeks to walk the road less traveled, to examine the secondary and optional meanings of certain Hebrew words, to seek the origin of a word and to plug it into the context and see if it fits.” Chaim Bentorah writes in the preface of his book, Hebrew Word Study: Revealing the Heart of God.
~ What ~
At four-hundred-thirty-two pages, this hardbound targets those who are looking for an in-depth study of Hebrew words and their meanings in the Holy Bible. Referencing mainly the King James Version of the Bible, five other versions are noted. After an author’s note, foreword by Andrew Minch, and preface, ninety Hebrew words are dissected, ending with a glossary, Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew indexes, and the author’s biography.
Referring to mostly the Old Testament, this handbook is a collection of devotionals dedicated to words or phrases in Scripture and their application by thinking “outside the box” of the standard interpretation. Each topic covers four pages, starting with a Bible verse using the word, its normal meaning, and other suggested concepts or ideas used elsewhere in the Bible. From nouns such as a hug, heart, hedge, beloved, ram in a thicket, holy laughter, and a lame horse, verb examples include ravished, awaken, pressed, smitten, return, and to fear to name a few. Some sayings are “His mercy endures forever,” “ God is with him,” and “I will allure her.”
~ Why ~
Having always wanted to learn Hebrew, I rely on Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible often. I like how this book gives a broad selection of words and phrases and their many meanings that could apply to a Bible verse. With ninety listed, they are thoughtful and engaging discussions regarding Hebrew words in the Bible.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to learn more about the true Hebrew words in the Bible will pass on this book. Others may be leery of some of the “secondary or optional meanings” of the words. For example, Bentorah’s explanation of the word “turn” or hafak in Hosea 11:8 says there are three ways to approach God: as a child, wife, or husband. Under the husband section, the book conveys that in prayer, we as the husband’s role ask God, “How can I protect Your heart?” Although I understand the connotation, I questioned the statement since God is so powerful He needs no protection, and it is not about us but Him.
~ Who ~
A self-publisher of several books, Bentorah teaches Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek to lay teachers and pastors through his ministries in Illinois. With a Ph.D. in Biblical Archaeology and interest in Jewish literature in the Bible, he believes that if we take the time to study Hebrew, we will get to know our Lord deeper.
~ Wish ~
With the glossary and index having the Hebrew and English words, there are no pages listed, but study chapters, so it becomes time-consuming to look up a work. Example: Rejoice is not a chapter study title, but it is in the English to Hebrew index, stating it is under Study 36, which is titled Breath on the Table of Contents and mentioned on the second page of the chapter.
~ Want ~
For those who want to learn a few words in Hebrew that are in the Bible and their many different meanings, this would make a nice three-month daily devotional that may help you get closer to God.
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