Sunday, March 6, 2011

Book Review: Deeper into the Word, New Testament

Keri Wyatt Kent’s Deeper into the Word, New Testament, is a collection of 100 word studies. She has taken 100 words from the New Testament, researched their meaning and usage, and shared her insights with us. The book has an informative tone, providing the Greek words along with historical and cultural notes and cross-reference comparisons that give the words clearer meaning. For each word, she tells of passages where it is used and gives references for further research. Each entry is one to two pages long.

My only suggestion: I would have found a pronunciation guide for the Greek words helpful. Seeing a word is one thing, but being able to say it aloud or even in my head makes it more memorable. But the book does have an appendix of helpful websites in the back along with an index of all the Greek words used in the book. In the introduction, Wyatt Kent encourages us to follow her lead, using these back-of-the-book tools to do word studies of our own. Perhaps the example of her reflections and curiosity about pronunciation will prompt readers like me to do just that.

I’d like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending this reference for my review. It was a privilege to read this book.

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