Bringing in the Harvest

A Study of the Gospel

By Tim Hegg

The Hebrew Word Group ר ַשׂ ָבּ and ה ָ ר שׂ ְבּ (basar/besorah)

The basic meaning of the verb ר ַשׂ ָבּ (basar) is “to bring news.” The context must determine whether the news is considered “good” or “bad.” The verb is found 24 times in the Tanach, while the noun, ה times. ָ ר שׂ ְבּ (besorah) is found 6

In 1 & 2Samuel, and 1Kings, the use of the word group is generally used simply to describe runners or messengers bringing news, e.g., coming from the battlefield with new of victory or defeat, etc. (1 Sam 4:17; 31:9; 2 Sam 1:20; 4:10; 18:19–20, 26, 31; 1 Kings 1:42)

It is in the prophets, and particularly Isaiah, where the verb and its cognate noun take on a theological perspective.

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Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.