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Nelson Glueck. Hesed in the Bible.  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, May 20th 2011.  118 pp.

The Hebrew word Hesed is one that many Christians find fascinating.  It is often translated in English as “covenantal faithfulness” or “loving-kindness.”  This book is written by Nelson Glueck an early twentieth scholar of Reformed Judaism who wrote the first scholarly study of the word Hesed.  Its signifance can be seen with how other studies after Glueck would often cite and interact with Glueck’s view whether they are for or against his particular conclusions.  So it is wonderful to find that an English translation of this classic was done in the 1960s and have been reprinted by Wipf and Stock Publishers.


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Some Jory Micah has posted this on her Social media (Twitter, Facebook):


Her theology is *tweeked.*  There’s a word study fallacy being committed here.


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During Shepherd’s Conference Phil Johnson mentioned about how Wikipedia had an entry on “Itching Ears,” a phrase located in the Bible in 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

That entry stated,

Itching ears is a term used in the Bible to describe a person who will come across a large fortune

(Original Link)

It’s an example of what happens when you just cite something you read without further research to see if it is so (and why Wikipedia isn’t always accurate!).  Preachers can make the same fallacy in their preaching and saying a Greek/Hebrew word means this or that, because some commentary says so, without seeing if there are any other Biblical or extrabiblical usage of the same word, phrase or grammatical construct.

Let this be a lesson in not having itching ears ourselves, of only hearing what we want to hear, or what “preaches” when it’s not really there.

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