Book Review: Hebrew Word Study

Reading a good fictional book is always good, but sometimes I need to stretch my brain. And this book does that gently. Hebrew Word Study is a study, written as a devotional with 90 short chapters, 2-3 pages each.  hebrew-word-study

The author, Cháim Bentorah (a teacher of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), takes a Hebrew word or phrase and not only explains the English meaning, but provides insight on what the word meant at the time(s) it was used, but what it means for us today.

I must confess that I haven’t finished the book yet, but have enjoyed reading a chapter at a time. The author has a friendly and conversational way of explaining the word (or phrase) and how it’s used. For example, let’s take the word BELOVED, which in Hebrew is yadiyad. Here’s a short excerpt of the chapter.

You enter the heart of God the way a man enters the heart of a woman. He looks at her and says, “You are my beloved. There is no one else but you.” The word yadiyad is formed from the word yad, which means “hand.” Note that yad is repeated in yadiyad, thus meaning “hand in hand.”

I wish I could include the full chapter because it’s so descriptive. The author tells anecdotes and stories to make the meanings of the words and passages even more vivid.

So check this book out. You can learn a little Hebrew and more about your Bible from this book – and it won’t hurt at all.

Want more? Visit his website: www.chaimbentorah.com.

I received a free book from Whitaker House through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.

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