Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word
I must admit that I was very excited to receive this bible for review. I have always been interested in the importance of Galatians 3:28 which says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
This verse along with several others speaking of the grafting of the Gentiles into the Christian faith has always caused me to be very interested in the customs of the Jewish holidays as well as the difference in the number of books in the Hebraic Bible as well as the Names of the Books of the Bible. In the Christian Bible the first book is Genesis’ however, in the Hebraic it is B’resheet (in the Beginning). The introduction alone is this Bible is full of nuggets of knowledge. Just the sounds of the Jewish words, and I am not even sure I am pronouncing them correctly sound so beautiful to me. Years ago someone told me that in the Jewish you will see the word Ruach used for God, the Holy Spirit. It means “air in motion” such as God breathing his spirit upon us. Many times in my life I have been at outdoor ministry events and while praying as a group before that event the wind has picked up. Without getting too spooky about it as some would say I have sensed the Holy Spirit’s presence in a wonderful way during those times. As a lover of words I have enjoyed reading the names of God, many of which we are familiar, but being introduced to some new ones.
The Jewish customs such as Passover are of great interest to me. I was blessed to attend a seder one time and it was one of the most meaningful things I have experienced since my full surrender and commitment to follow Jesus. I laughed and cried, I sang and wanted to dance and I came away a more full believing Christian as a result.
As I said, when I received this Bible I was very excited to get it but then I was so overwhelmed about how to even begin to review it that I got writer’s block. There is such a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and yes, even wisdom in “experiencing” this Bible and for those of us who have always wanted to learn the Hebrew language but don’t see it happening I appreciate so much reading and learning things such as Eve’s name is really Havah which means “life”. As you see I am a lover of words and translation/transliteration/definition/pronunciation. By the way we are helped with the pronunciation with a good description of using the pronunciation key and it helps to make those words sound Jewish–or at least we can try.
I strongly recommend that you get this Bible and approach it not only as reading a book but as an experience.
- Hardcover: 1,872 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson Bibles
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-61970-867-9
- You may purchase here: Christian Books
- I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of CWA Review Crew