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Hesed and the Mystery of God's Lovingkindness [Paperback]

by Michael Card

There are many words and names for God, but one overlooked Hebrew term offers a way of expressing so much about God that we cannot say but wish to.

  • Looking to discover more of God's nature?

  • Inexpressible turns to a unique Hebrew term as a means to knowing God

  • You'll find your understanding of God transformed into something wider and deeper

  • Author

    Michael Card

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  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    February 2019

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God's identity is beyond what we could ever fully express in human words. But Scripture uses one particular word to describe the distinctiveness of God's character: the Hebrew word hesed.

Hesed is a concept so rich in meaning that it doesn't translate well into any single English word or phrase. Michael Card unpacks the many dimensions of hesed, often expressed as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, or steadfast love. He explores how hesed is used in the Old Testament to reveal God's character and how he relates to his people. Ultimately, the fullness of hesed is embodied in the incarnation of Jesus.

As we follow our God of hesed, we ourselves are transformed to live out the way of hesed, marked by compassion, mercy, and faithfulness. Discover what it means to be people of an everlasting love beyond words.

Preface: The Untranslatable Defining the Inexpressible

Introduction: A Word on the Meaning of Words

Part I. The God of Hesed

1. Opening the Door

2. The Definitive Encounter

3. Slow to Anger

4. Like No Other God

5. An Everlasting Refrain

6. A Prayer of Honest Rage

Part II. The Objects of Hesed

7. When Dinah Held My Hand

8. The Heseds of David

9. Ethan: “I Will Sing”

10. Moses: “In the Morning”

11. Jeremiah: “I Am Hesed”

12. Hosea: A Novel of Hesed

Part III. Hesed Finally Defined

13. Hesed and Truth

14. On Jesus’ Lips

15. How to Amaze Jesus

16. The One Who Showed Hesed

17. Paul and the Path to Redemption

Part IV. An Instinct for Hesed

18. Here, Rabbi, Take My Seat

19. Hesed in Post–AD 70 Judaism

20. Gemilut Hesed and Tikkun Olam

Conclusion: Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly: The Monumental Nature of Kindness


Appendix A: Occurrences of Hesed in Scripture

Appendix B: Comparison of Translations

Appendix C: A Vocabulary of Associated Words

Appendix D: For Further Study



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  • Author

    Michael Card

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    February 2019

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  • Dimensions

    139 x 209 x 16 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Michael Card

  • ISBN: 9780830845491

  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Release Date: February 2019

  • Weight: 242g

  • Dimensions: 139 x 209 x 16 mm

  • Eden Code: 4826622

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