Deeper Into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament [NOOK Book]

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Translators have done their best to render the words of the Bible into English, but capturing the nuances of the ancient languages is an inexact science. Kent gives readers an opportunity to investigate the roots and biblical context of the words within the Word.

Deeper into the Word is a fascinating devotional, but it can also be used as an accessible reference tool, as it explores 100 of the most important words of the New Testament. Kent unpacks each word's Greek origins, ...

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Overview

Translators have done their best to render the words of the Bible into English, but capturing the nuances of the ancient languages is an inexact science. Kent gives readers an opportunity to investigate the roots and biblical context of the words within the Word.

Deeper into the Word is a fascinating devotional, but it can also be used as an accessible reference tool, as it explores 100 of the most important words of the New Testament. Kent unpacks each word's Greek origins, shows how it is used in the Bible, and offers insights into its significance in our lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441214676
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 97,760
  • File size: 566 KB

Meet the Author

Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of seven previous books and is a regular contributor to Today's Christian Woman (now Kyria.com), Outreach magazine, and MomSense magazine. Keri speaks at churches and retreats around the country and is a frequent guest on several shows on the Moody Broadcasting Network, including Midday Connection. Keri lives with her husband and two children in suburban Chicago.
Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of Breathe and has written for both the Daily Herald (Chicago) and for Willow Creek Community Church. Keri speaks often on spiritual formation. She lives with her husband and two children in Illinois.
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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Wonderful for Study!

    Deeper into the Word: New Testament is a wonderful tool to use when diving into your bible. There are 100 words that are shown within scriptual passages, and they are broken down and explained by examining it in Greek, and the original meaning of the word is unearthed. New light is shed on passages that have been previously read, and a deeper and richer connection is made to the Word. This book has been very helpful and interesting to me. I've read it alone, and have also gone back to it when studying the scripture. I would almost describe it as a reference/devotional book, and I think it would be very useful for readers of all levels.
    In the back, there is a Greek index and also an appendix of websites that are useful for bible study. This is a fantastic book!

    I received this book free from the publisher in order to write a review. I was not obligated to write a positive review, only to write my own opinion of the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    A Devotional and Desktop Reference Tool

    Keri Wyatt Kent in her new book, "Deeper Into The Word: New Testament" published by Bethany House Publishers gives us a study into a hundred words used in the New Testament.

    What is the difference between a jail and prison? Well a quick look through the Dictionary will answer that question. But that is the way it is with words sometimes we do not understand the depth of meaning and we use words that seem correct to us but really are not the proper fit. That is not the way, however, with the New Testament writers. When they used a word they were very precise in its meaning. After all they were trying to make the Word Of God clear for all of us and they were using the Greek language.

    Not only does Keri Wyatt Kent give us the English word but she also gives us the Greek word that the writer was using and its variations. This is more than a Bible devotional, which it is, we can use it as a desktop reference tool anytime we want to deeper analyze a word. I know that "Deeper Into The Word: New Testament" is going right up there on my bookshelf next to my Bible for continued use. I can only hope for more in this series and then in the Old Testament as well.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    More appropriate for devotional use than for the serious study of the Word

    Deeper into the Word - New Testament is subtitled "Reflections on 100 words from the New Testament", and it is exactly that - reflections. I have been reading through the book as a devotional - looking at specific words in an effort to better understand the original meanings behind what is written in scripture. This is not a "Bible Study" book in terms of replacing a good Bible dictionary or or concordance, though it does give some great insights into certain words in the NT, and its use as a devotional tool is wonderful.

    While the endorsements on the back of the book claim this book belongs in the reference section of serious Bible students, I believe you'll better and more thorough sources out there if you're interested in doing in-depth word studies. Deeper into the Word will serve as a nice spring-board for your study, and it might help you find some words of interest, but for the person seeking an in-depth reference tool this definitely does not suffice. Overall I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Great Bible Resource!

    When you read the Bible, do you sometimes wish you had a tutor by your side to shed light on certain passages? Do you enjoy devotionals but wish they delved deeper into Scripture? Would you like to build your collection of bible study aids but aren't sure where to start? Then Keri Wyatt Kent's book, Deeper Into The Word, New Testament, might be the perfect choice for you! This book provides insight into the meanings of 100 key words in the New Testament, based on the original languages and their historical and cultural context. The author also demonstrates how we can more aptly apply those words to our lives once we understand the full meaning behind the words. For example, when Keri discusses the word Afraid, she shows how it relates to Fear, how both terms are used in the New Testament, and how God wants us to respond when we are afraid or fearful. When Keri discusses Fellowship, she correlates it to Community and discusses how true fellowship means more than partaking in social hour over Sunday morning pancakes. I learned a lot while reading this book and found myself reflecting on the words even after I finished reading about them. I found the book enjoyable, and commend the author for not only providing readers with a peek into the history of Scripture, but for doing so in a fresh and relevant way. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of Scripture. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Book Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

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    I am pulling this review out and posting it again, because I found that I hadn't originally submitted it to the sites needed. 
    Very interesting concept.  100 Words from the NT, with their original Greek words and meanings.  What a great idea.  I did find it interesting the words that were picked to explore.  The suggested usage of this book is with your regular Bible study, but I can see using it as a reference for topical studies also.  A great resource to have on hand, a keeper for my book shelves. 4 stars from this reviewer. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Love it.

    This is a great resource and perfect for Bible study prep or devotional.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Ready for some a-ha moments?

    When Oprah reads a book and talks about it on the air, she often refers to having "a-ha!" moments. Keri Wyatt Kent's new book, Deeper Into the Word: New Testament" was chockfull of a-ha moments for me. If you're like me and you've heard your share of sermons and Bible lessons over the years, Keri's book will help scrub off the dust and grime of over-familiarity with well known biblical texts and give them a fresh gleam. For those who are newer to studying and tangling with biblical texts, Deeper Into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament will introduce and demonstrate the idea of a "word study," which means to stop and take a closer look at the meaning of a particular word and attempt to fully understand what the author meant when using that word. Kent has chosen 100 words that appear in the Bible, such as Blind, Bread, Church, Disciple, Friend, Pharisee, Religion, Sabbath, Water, and Yoke. For each word, she gives the most common interpretation, often accompanied by a personal anecdote, then goes into a quick look at the word in the original Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic. Then comes the fun: Kent quickly and easily puts the word into historical and cultural context, sometimes turning the most often used interpretation of the word upside down. Hence, the a-ha! And she does all of this with a friendly, non-intimidating, and engaging manner. One of the most powerful a-ha moments for me was the chapter on the word "love:" I've heard preachers and teachers outline the three concepts behind the biblical concept of love in the Greek language: eros (sexual or romantic love), phileo (brotherly love or tender friendship); and, agapeo or agape (spiritual, self-sacrificing love) and how all three biblical words were translated into English as "love." It was a familiar concept so I wasn't sure Kent could make this concept new for me. There is a quick and easy explanation of the meaning of each of the three love-words, and then the zinger, something I had never heard before (or if I had, I didn't remember-sorry, Preachers!) In John 21, the resurrected Jesus talks to Peter, who is still ashamed of his public denial of being a Jesus-follower. "Peter, do you love me more than these?" Jesus asks, using the Greek agapeo. It's a significant and loaded question. Jesus is asking Peter if he is willing to follow to the point of death. Guess what Peter answers? "Lord, you know that I love you." In English, this seems a reasonable response. But Peter uses the Greek phileo instead of agapeo. Peter is making it clear that he loves Jesus as a friend or a brother, but cannot or will not yet commit to the highest form of love. Jesus has modeled it already to Peter and now he is calling Peter to it, but through shame, guilt, and/or pride, Peter stubbornly sticks to phileo. I never would have understood the subtext to the conversation without Keri's clear and succinct explanation. Finally, I understood why Jesus kept repeating this question to Peter, even though Peter seemed to be satisfactorily answering Jesus. Deeper Into the Word is full of these moments, directing a bright and warm light onto familiar biblical words that can speak into our lives with power, if only we take the time to listen.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Word Studies from the Bible

    Studying the Bible is meant to instruct us, to uplift us, to bring us closer to God, and to make us want more. Word studies is just one of the wonderful ways we can study the Bible, a way to find a fuller, richer meaning to Scripture passages. "Deeper Into the Word" gives us information on 100 words from the New Testament. Words such as: rest, hungry, care, pray, remain, and chosen are given special treatment by Keri Kent as she gives us Scripture references, Greek meanings, and cross-references as needed; even treating us to thoughts from other people and commentaries. Each word study gives enough to enlighten the reader and encourage him/her to delve deeper. Each word study is relatively short, very easy to read and understand, and well worth sharing with others.

    I have enjoyed reading this book and learning more about these special New Testament words. It has spurred me to get back into word studies for my personal devotions. This book is great for personal or group Bible study, and will make a wonderful gift for Bible lovers. Many thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.

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