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Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors [Paperback]

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Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN  0825439361  
EAN  9780825439360  

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Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching provides seminary-trained preachers and preachers-in-the-making with a refresher in Hebrew exegesis, a description of the tools they need, a process of transforming exegesis into exposition, and a reminder of the benefits (both to the preacher and congregation) of using the original language. It is intended as a Hebrew counterpart to David Alan Black's widely acclaimed Using New Testament Greek in Ministry (Baker, 1993).

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Preaching the Old Testament responsibly poses a challenge for busy pastors. With skill and realism, Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching provides a workable guide to unearthing its treasures. Wegner emphasizes the importance of using Hebrew in preparation for preaching and offers a detailed process for moving from text to exegesis to proclamation. Homiletics and Hebrew students will profit from the bibliographies and illustrations that reinforce the benefits-to both the preacher and the congregation-that come when using the Old Testament's original language for preaching. Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching will motivate professionals, pastors, and students to delve into the richness of the Hebrew Old Testament, and will equip them to probe new depths in preaching the Old Testament to contemporary believers.

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Dr. Paul Wegner is professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary and visiting professor at Southwestern Bible College. He has degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Trinity International Seminary, and King s College, University of London. Wise Parenting is Dr. Wegner s fifth book. His wife and co-author, Catherine Wegner, was a stay-at-home mom for twenty years. She now works as a Speech Pathologist in several elementary schools. Co-author Kimberlee Herman is a clinical social worker who has dealt with a wide variety of behavioral issues with children.


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Helpful and encouraging  Apr 22, 2010
Even though I have not have a formal education in Hebrew I have studied it for a number of years now.
Both the enthusiasm of the teachers as well as a better understanding gained from the Old Testament have encouraged me to try and continue my study of Hebrew as much as is possible at this point in time.
I have already experienced that this can have real benefits in preparing messages to share with a congregation or Bible Study group.
This book encouraged me all the more to continue pursuing a better understanding of the Hebrew language and increase my capabilities of using it.
Using different kinds of translations, including an Hebrew - English version of the Old Testament from the Jewish Publication Society has helped me to understand both the necessity and the limitations of translations, even if they are as literal as is possible.
Great For Students, Preachers, and Teachers  Mar 20, 2010
Only 166 pages, but lots of good information and resource recommendations. As a struggling student, the part I liked most was the section that tells what one needs to do to reach the level one wants to achieve in the Hebrew language. Plus it tells what to do to maintain that level after completing classes. There's also a lot of other good information especially for teachers and preachers. This is a book that would be useful for many years.
A very practical and helpful book  Jan 29, 2010
Ok to be perfectly clear on this and up front... I do not enjoy Hebrew, but I enjoyed reading this book. Using Old Tesament Hebrew in Preaching did challenge me to be dilligent in continuing my Hebrew studies as well as give me hope that I might use my Hebrew skills for years to come. It is a very down to earth, practical and motivating book. I applaud author Paul D. Wegner for bringing such a relavent and timely book to my aid when I was doubting the relavance of Hebrew in my future ministry.

The book is made up of five brief chapters that are full of encouragement and motivation for Hebrew students to press on in learning the language. All along the way Wegner is sure to provide tools, references, and recomendations to support and encourage the student in his or her pursuits. Above all else, he challenges the reader to press forward in studying and using a language that can be very confusing and tricky (at least to this student). He does a great job of taking a very large challenge and stripping it to bite sized chunks.
very helpful book for students (past, present & future) of Hebrew  Nov 19, 2009
One of the most bewildering aspects of biblical studies is the study of ancient languages like biblical Hebrew and Greek. In some circles using Hebrew or Greek is frowned on. In many it is a necessary evil. The aspiring pastor must prove he can pass a few semesters of the languages. After this, he will likely use Greek sparingly and Hebrew not at all. In our day and age, however, there is a proliferation of bible study tools available to bring the wealth of language learning to the fingertips of even interested lay students. There is no excuse for a pastor to not grapple with the original text to some degree.

Paul Wegner has provided a tool to help out busy pastors and once-upon-a-time Hebrew students. His new book Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors explains just how to put even a beginning level of Hebrew to use in preaching and studying the Bible.

The book is laid out very simply, and is designed to be a tool in itself. It starts with an explanation of why Hebrew study matters, and why pastors should take pains to try and use it. Wegner goes on to discuss the tools that are available to help use Hebrew. He compares software programs, Hebrew grammars and other study aids. The book proceeds to discuss how to study a passage using exegesis, literary analysis, theological analysis, and application. Wegner then goes on to explain how to put it all together and prepare an OT sermon. He illustrates just how to do this. The book closes with a discussion on various ways of keeping Hebrew language study fresh, and includes several appendices as aids in their own right.

The book is written in a simple and straightforward style, which makes it accessible to students of all levels of proficiency in Hebrew. Even those with no knowledge of Hebrew would benefit from this book as they plan on pursuing some kind of training in the language.

I learned several helpful things to benefit my own study of Hebrew. Structural analysis of Bible passages is apparently easier with Hebrew than Greek. (This gives some hope!) I also learned to be wary of older Hebrew study tools which prize etymology too much, specifically Brown, Driver and Brigg's lexicon. Modern study has shown the history of words does not always impact their meaning at a given time. On that note, the study of Hebrew nouns is going to be most beneficial and rewarding. This is different than Greek, where verbs are key. The book also includes an excellent list of recommended scholarly and lay commentaries for each OT book.

I can't recommend this little book enough. If you have studied Biblical Hebrew or if you think you will (or you should), you would be blessed in having this book.

My thanks go out to Leslie Paladino of Kregel Publishers for furnishing me with a review copy of this book, at my request.

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