That’s where this book comes in. Learning a language is like learning a worldview. Those who learn biblical Hebrew can better understand not only what biblical authors wrote, but also how they thought. Unfortunately, those insights come only after years of study. This book is about getting right to the important, exciting insights. It’s an opportunity to be transformed by the renewing of our minds as we better understand how biblical authors used their language to express their experience of God and the world.
If you are just beginning to study Hebrew and want the insights and motivation to continue or if you have no intention of learning biblical Hebrew but want to better understand the Bible, this book is for you!
“Hallelujah, shalom, amen . . . these words roll easily off our tongues in Christian worship and theological conversation with little thought as to the richness and range of their meanings. So an accessible resource introducing scripture readers to the most familiar Hebrew words would have been, in and of itself, enough to make Schlimm’s book a worthwhile read. In 70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know, however, Schlimm gives us so much more. With warmth, wit, and a little help from Star Wars, Schlimm invites us to journey into the biblical world and explore Hebrew words from the inside out. Highlighting specific biblical passages in which each word is found, Schlimm takes the opportunity to offer penetrating exegetical insights, perceptive theological reflection, and helpful connections between the biblical and contemporary world. The result is a resource that is sure to usher laypeople, pastors, and theology students alike into a deeper understanding of scripture and of the character of God.”
—Amanda W. Benckhuysen, Professor of Old Testament, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
“Schlimm’s handbook guides modern Christians through the weighty theological concepts of the Old Testament in a charming and accessible way. His conversational style, witty humor, and personal anecdotes draw the reader into the world of the Hebrew text. This book provides readers with a deeper understanding of the ancient Jewish foundations of Christian belief and will, I hope, inspire them to take up further study of the Hebrew language.”
—Jeremy M. Hutton, Professor of Classical Hebrew Language and Biblical Literature, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI
“I tell all of my students that Hebrew is the most important class they can take in seminary. Matthew Schlimm’s book gives us seventy reasons why. Whether you’ve studied Hebrew before or it’s your first time thinking about the message of the Old Testament, this book will help you see how language and theology intersect. You’ll say: hallelujah, amen! And you’ll know what you’re talking about.”
—Joel LeMon, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA