Monday, March 7, 2011

Review: Deeper into the Word, Keri Wyatt Kent

Review: Deeper into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words from the New Testament.
Keri Wyatt Kent
Bethany House

Deeper into the Word is a compilation of word studies, but is definitely not a lifeless dictionary. In fact, once I picked it up I found myself grazing through several entries at a time. So don’t ignore this little gem. It could be used for private study or as an aid in lesson preparation for those that teach. She includes endnotes for her references. Most of works she cites are not beyond the most modest budget, and several of them can be accessed online. A list of some of those sites is included near the end of the book.

For those that lean toward the more studious side she also includes the Greek derivation for the words studied. That helps us English only types see some additional shades of meanings that just aren’t as obvious in English or highlights the differences more vividly. Her entry for “friend” is an example of the latter.

Don’t skip the introduction the author provides for this book. She's got some very important points covered there. She says that this book is meant to be used with the Bible and uses an illustration of using the book like a shovel to help you dig deeper into the Word. It’s a tool to help you. She also suggests three ways that she sees the book can be used, a point of departure for your own study, an example of how to do your own word study, or a devotional study giving thought and reflection to a word, maybe over several days.

This book was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for this review.

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