Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Deeper Into the Word by Kerri Wyatt Kent
"...credible and desirable as a necessary piece in your library. You can look to Deeper into the Word as a daily devotional or an accessible reference tool."
Degree in Graphic Design from Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota
also includes 45 required credits of Bible with classes
from “Old and New Testament Survey” to “Hermeneutics.” Oh
how I could have used Deeper into the Word back in my study days
and research papers. I might have even received higher grades. That said,
is not a requirement to open up Kerri Wyatt Kent’s newest book and
delve into it!
You’d also think being a pastor’s kid would mean I’d know all the intricacies of scripture but alas, I do not and never will. That simple fact should propel me into spending more time with the Word and the words within the Word.
In this day of study Bibles (777 different versions), exhaustive commentaries (thicker than a concrete slab), and colorful resources (more images than content), Deeper into the Word explores 100 of the most important words of the New Testament. Kent takes a non-academic approach to her presentation which makes it digestible for the reader. Questions like, “Why this word was chosen rather than another one?” or ”What are the implications in its original language not seen in English?” and “How can you learn the details of God's Word without knowing Greek?” are thoroughly answered within these pages.
Kent unpacks each word's Greek origins, reveals how the word is used in the Bible offering insights into its significance back in biblical times as well today. The words are listed alphabetically. Each entry is concise and insightful. For those of us who desire to dig deeper, an alphabetical index to the Greek words and a helpful websites appendix are included.
The painstaking and thorough research Kent undertook is evident as the solid foundation for this book. This is one of the reasons it makes Deeper into the Word credible and desirable as a necessary piece in your library.
You can look to Deeper into the Word as a daily devotional or an accessible reference tool. Either way, you’ll find yourself refreshed in this world of meaningless chatter. It is practical and easy to read.
Some words I’d have liked to have seen included but were missing: holy/holiness, meek, sanctification, worship, glory . . . although I’m not complaining about her one hundred.
My personal favorite words from Kent’s insights and research included: care, bless/blessed/blessing, as well as the distinct difference between soul and spirit.
I highly recommend Deeper into the Word for anyone who studies and loves the Word of God. If we’re honest, this should be all of us. Hopefully Kent will consider writing a similar book on Hebrew words in their Old Testament context!