by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
The stunning clarity of HD television has revolutionized our way of viewing the world around us. Those of us old enough to have grown up with basic black-and-white TV know that the introduction of color to the screen—and now high-definition color—brings superior clarity to the people, landscapes, action, and much more in our new wide-screen experience. The story (i.e., the dialogue, character movements, etc.) is still the same as it was in the old black-and-white box, but our senses are immediately aware of the richer details that we now can see. Color makes all the difference in the world, and HD gives sharpness and clarity to the minutest details of the images moving before us.
Similarly, our study of Scripture can be wonderfully enhanced by digging into the goldmine of original word studies, revealing to us a deeper comprehension of the meaning of words and phrases as biblical stories unfold before us. Every word, even the “jot and tittle,” is vital because it was God-breathed. So every detail of the original language is key to our understanding and appreciation of what God is communicating to us.
Sometimes that extra detail is helpful for clarifying topics highly relevant to biblical apologetics. Hebrew word studies help explain the literal meaning of specific Bible passages. The details that God provides are sometimes like buried treasures, waiting for us to uncover them by taking a closer look at the detail-rich meanings of the original words. We can be sure that a glimpse into the profound meanings hidden beneath the surface words will inspire awe as we approach our study of the Word of God….
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