Ḥesed is a nearly untranslatable Hebrew word that at various times in the Hebrew scriptures seems to mean what English-speakers call mercy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, love, and sometimes desire or even passion. The 8th-century BCE prophet Micah famously defined true religion and genuine humanity as “doing justice, loving ḥesed, and walking humbly.” The most fortunate among us know someone who embodies ḥesed. The rest of us, with enough aid and practice, can become ḥesed, too. Fred Niedner is Senior Research Professor in Theology at Valparaiso University, where he taught biblical studies for 40 years. These days he teaches seminars and adult education classes all over the country on Zoom and provides resources for publications that serve the ministry of preaching.
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