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St. Louis, 6 July 2016

It's a fellowship bonanza here at the International Leadership Conference and North American Discipleship Seminar. Here in St. Louis I get to spend time with disciples from every inhabited continent! Many participants I've known since college days; others I'm meeting for the first time. 40% of our church in Atlanta (North River) is here, so there are familiar faces everywhere!

Now when you already attend 20 conferences a year, why one more? The answer is easy. Unity and connection are worth the investment of time, money, and energy.

And now to the subject of this week's newsletter. Today begins a new series, on Bible words. How familiar are you with the best known Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words of Scripture?

Biblical Words Series:

                 N.T. Greek  –  O.T. Hebrew  –  O.T. Aramaic

90-Second Quiz

The following quiz should be fairly easy for anyone who's been reading the Bible for a while. Estimated completion time: 90 seconds.
  1. When would you say the Hebrew word shalôm?
  2. What's the translation of the Greek baptisma?
  3. When the Lord asks Peter if he loves him (John 21), is it significant that Jesus uses (the Greek verb) agapân, while Peter replies using phileîn?
  4. What is YHWH?
  5. Explain the meaning of Rabbi.
  6. Bonus question: The Aramaic Maranatha appears only once in the Bible. Where exactly? In the O.T. or the N.T.?
Answers: 1. As a greeting or farewell. (= "peace"). 2. Immersion. 3. No; the words are synonyms. 4. The four consonants of Yahweh, God's personal name (OT). 5. It means teacher or master. 6. 1 Cor 16:22.

How did you do?
6 = super!    5 = excellent    4 = well done    3 = good    2 = fair    1 = keep studying

Why learn ancient words?

Very few of us work with the original biblical languages, which means we must depend on those who do. How can we make sure we're speaking intelligently -- and correctly -- when it comes to the original Greek and Hebrew? You may not be able to enroll in a college-level language class, but you can master a few basic facts to enrich your Bible study -- and prevent you from believing misinformation. (And there's plenty of that!)

The plan
Starting next week, we'll investigate a new word in each newsletter, uncovering meanings in the original biblical languages that are important for our faith today.

New Q&As

Did you know that our website has over 1000 questions & answers? The latest (Q&A 1419-1422): Random mutations?Sexual molestation, Contraception, and How can we prove Jesus is the Messiah from the O.T.?  Click and learn. Every week new articles, Q&As, audio, and various interesting bits are added to the website. Please take some time to explore.

Until next week...
Douglas Jacoby

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