Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct
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Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct

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Thirty-five top-notch scholars bring out the meaning of 54 passages from the original Hebrew (with at least one example from each Old Testament book). Van Pelt, Waltke, Longman, Block, Jobes, and others give you grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, socio-historical, and linguistic insights, along with practical applications. 176 pages, softcover. Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0310494532
ISBN-13: 9780310494539

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The main point of each devotion in Devotions on the Hebrew Bible comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Hebrew Bible, not from an English translation—written by some of the top biblical language scholars of today. Contributors include Daniel I. Block, Mark J. Boda, Hélène Dallaire, Nancy Erickson, Karen H. Jobes, Bo H. Lim, Tremper Longman III, Miles V. Van Pelt, Bruce K. Waltke, and Michael Williams, among others. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions—including grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, and linguistic—and each devotion closes with a practical application or spiritual reflection.

Miles Van Pelt, for example, shows that a careful analysis of a grammatical particle in Judges 3:9 elucidates the agent of Israel’s deliverance. Indeed, it is Yahweh who saves! Tremper Longman III explains the role of poetical parallelism in Psalm 1 and highlights how clearly the psalmist invites the reader to introspection, compelling the reader to follow the path of righteousness. And Bo Lim reminds the reader of the biblical precedent for expressing lament. He highlights the poetic artistry of the book of Lamentations, noting its beautiful acrostic, and confirms that both grief and hope provide the rhythm of faith and worship.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible contains a devotion on every book in the Old Testament and can be used as a weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. These devotions will inspire you to keep reading and meditating on the Hebrew Scriptures and find new treasures from the biblical text.

Author Bio

Milton Eng has a PhD in Old Testament Studies from Drew University.  He is presently East Coast Project Director for the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC) as well as adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.


Lee M. Fields is a trained Hebrew scholar with a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is Professor of Bible and Theology at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College),  in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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  1. Angelo
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good encouragement to use (relearn / review) Hebrew
    December 29, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a much better book than its Greek counterpart, not because of comparing content but because of comparing goals and then whether they accomplished it or not. This has a twofold aim of encouraging students and pastors to continue (or resume) using their Hebrew knowledge in their devotions and sermon preparations (p.13) and also to demonstrate that a knowledge of the original languages can and should be spiritually rewarding (p.13). It is also stated that the authors hope and prayer that readers would be drawn to a deeper love for, understanding of, and adherence to Scriptures and the God who gave them (p.14). At the back cover, this book will inspire the reader to read and meditate on the Hebrew Scriptures and also find new treasures.

    There are 54 devotions with most of them about 2 pages (one has 2 and one has 3 full pages). There are 38 contributors (29 men and 9 women) with sixteen (13 men and 3 women) of them writing two devotions each. All the books of the OT (devotions arranged in order of the Hebrew Bible) were covered at least once with Isaiah and Proverbs having four each and Psalms with 3 devotions plus some others (Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, 1 Samuel, Jeremiah and Zephaniah) with two each. The Hebrew texts alongside an English version (or translation) are shown before the devotions. This is a very helpful for I dont use Hebrew as much as I do Greek and I need help to make sense of the passage, though I think that a transliteration of Hebrew might be better than a translation to help read the Hebrew text. There is a grammatical terms index and also a Hebrew words index. These indexes are helpful and page numbers of occurrence are listed. With the inclusion of YHWH in the word index, I think that all Hebrew words (root) used in the volume are included.

    It is indeed a good volume for it encouraged and challenged me to use (resume) my Hebrew in my devotions (or / and studies). Second, I have seen the benefit of the Hebrew. Just to give a few examples, in the discussion of singular you and plural you in Exo.20:4, I understood the significance of the singular (although Im thinking it may be a collective use). In the discussion of Lev.18:4, the author demonstrated the importance of studying the Hebrew text than relying on the English translation for the English translated three verbs wherein the Hebrew text showed two verbs and an infinitive functioning as means (to accomplish the two verbs). Another example is the discussion of using lamed (with infinitive construct) in Proverbs 1:1-7 to indicate 5 purposes. I noticed it after reading the devotion (though the 5th purpose seemed lacking) and realized the accuracy of the 5 corresponding for in the NIV (also in HCSB; to in ESV; not clearly shown in my Tagalog Bible).

    The writing style of various contributors was varied. Some discussed their contributions by explaining the text (maybe with a little application at the end) and some wrote like a mini sermon with introduction and closing (with some varieties) and the body covered the discussion of Hebrew text. A few has end notes. Some presented their Hebrew discussion straight up what it means while some included explaining what is in the text (including lexical or grammatical options) and then the meaning of the text. Some are more helpful (with the Hebrew) than others. The discussions in Hebrew can be grammatical, lexical, literary (word play, assonance, etc. .) or just a fruit of Hebrew study (not showing the Hebrew itself). A devotion in Proverbs 25:15 presented a meaning that contradicts the commentary of another contributor to this book.

    I would prefer that they included a variety of suggestions and tips how to read (and what to read) from these 38 scholars). I think that would be very beneficial to learn how they keep and improve their Hebrew language skills. Almost all contributors are professors (one is a former professor and currently a pastor) with a few involved in publishing or translation works. I think in future endeavors (second volume?), it would be good to include some pastors (who are primarily pastors) who are using their Hebrew in their sermon preparations.

    But with that said, overall, this is a great volume to invest in to encourage (and challenge) the reader to use Hebrew (with hard work) in studying the text that will yield benefits that cannot be determined from the English text alone.
  2. LBN4
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    Immediately helpful
    August 31, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I teach 3 Bible studies each week- this book is invaluable for extra help with Hebrew Bible illustrations and insights.
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