Meditation and the Bible
Review from: Andre Lawrence: Artist, Writer, Author, Educator, Filmmaker, Storyteller. | Miami, Florida
*This book, Meditation And The Bible, is still one of the most important books I own. After so many years, I still refer to this book when wanting to have an academic view of a verse or a word, refresh my memory on the importance of meditation or just wanting to revisit his conversation on the behavior and spiritual habits of the prophets.
**The book is broken down into many sub-topic of meditation:
1. The Tradition– the behavioral habits of the prophets
2. The Prophets– A look at historicity, philology and the Divine Names
3. Verbal Archeology– The expanded use of and the interconnection of the Psalms, prophetic passages, and psychological preparation.
If there is one thing you’d find consistent throughout this book, it’s this: this book is essentially the study of and the use of words: the Divine words, in particular. Rabbi Kaplan uses and extensive bibliography to support his thesis of the meaning of words as it pertains to passages (“parsha”).
*** This is an academic book. It can be read as a stand-alone book or as a reference for a bible study. I suggest that a separate notebook be kept just for this book as it is very in-depth and there are exhaustive conversation regarding root words, and passages.
**** I can’t over emphasize this book. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, of Blessed Memory, produced one of the most important scholarly works to the Bible, since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Meditation is a largely misunderstood subject and often dismissed as a relic of Oriental mysticism, or worse, as an introduction to the occult as stated by the conservative Christian wing. What it is, however, is an invaluable tool for spiritual growth.
As with all things that help us to grow, wisdom and self-discipline are the keys. Meditation and the Bible, provides the foundation and Rabbi Kaplan’s book,
Review from: mtk5150 Titusville, FL, USA “I’m not Jewish. I’m actually a Spirit-filled Christian. My branch of the Church tends to emphasize prayer, personal devotion, and intimacy with God. As a devout student of the Bible, I’ve always looked to the ancient Jewish Prophets and Mystics to learn how to grow closer to God. Years ago I came to the conclusion that deep spiritual meditation was at the center of their spiritual lives, yet I was not terribly familiar with what their meditations might have been like. The fear of being “new-agey” kept me from experimenting on my own and so I spent a great deal of time searching out the Bible for hints of what the people of Bible times did in meditation. I really didn’t get much clarity on the matter until I read this book. Kaplan graciously spares his readers from spooky, impractical techniques and gives intelligent, balanced explanations of the various forms of meditation that more than likely were employed by the greats in Scripture.
This book is an indispensable part of my spiritual library now. I will never be without it. Give someone you love this book; you’ll be giving them a gift that will last forever.”