Benedictions, invocations to depart with God’s blessings, are a feature of the church - every liturgical structure ends with them. They were a feature of the synagogue in Christ’s time – indeed Christ himself uses them when he dismisses his...
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Benedictions, invocations to depart with God’s blessings, are a feature of the church - every liturgical structure ends with them. They were a feature of the synagogue in Christ’s time – indeed Christ himself uses them when he dismisses his disciples on a new task. The word benediction derives from two Latin words that mean “to speak well of”.
Benedictions are pronounced by ministers at the close of worship services as an expression of hope and encouragement to God’s people to face whatever their future might hold. This makes them a Biblical norm for the end of worship – something we should consider doing each time we leave God’s presence and go out into the world. If you are involved with leading worship in the church or in the home your next question will be ‘Where do I go to find them?’ Fortunately Robert Vasholz has done the legwork for you. He has collected in this one book the benedictions found in scripture along with some additional scripture enriched blessings for use during worship.
Use them to help Christians have a greater effect on the world.
Robert I. Vasholz is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament of Covenant Theological Seminary(ThM, Covenant Theological Seminary; MA, St. Louis University; ThD University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); post-doctoral studies, Brandeis and Harvard Universities).Dr. Vasholz served for three years as director of admissions, assistant dean of students, and as an instructor in Hebrew at Covenant Seminary before being appointed to the faculty in 1975. His creative approach to learning Semitic languages is evident in his study guide, Hebrew Exercises: A Programmed Approach, as well as in his language teaching. Dr. Vasholz' Jewish heritage gives him a unique and valuable perspective on Old Testament studies, both in language study and in practical, apologetic application. In addition to a number of articles, his publications include Data for the Sigla of the BHS, The Old Testament Canon in the Old Testament Church: The Rationale for Old Testament Canonicity, Pillars of the Kingdom: Five Features of the Kingdom of God Progressively Revealed in the Old Testament, and a new commentary on Leviticus. Though Dr. Vasholz retired in 2007, he continues to serve God's people through his teaching, preaching, and publishing projects