Examining the words of Rabbi Jesus in the light of their Jewish context will provide a richer, deeper understanding of Jesus’ ministry, compelling us to live differently, to become more Christ-like.
In Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg challenges readers to follow their Rabbi more closely by re-examining his words in the light of their Jewish context. Doing so will provide a richer, deeper understanding of his ministry, compelling us to live differently, to become more Christ-like. We’ll begin to understand why his first Jewish disciples abandoned everything to follow him, to live out his commands. Our modern society, with its individualism and materialism, is very different than the tight-knit, family-oriented setting Jesus lived and taught in. What wisdom can we glean from his Eastern, biblical attitude toward life? How can knowing Jesus within this context shed light on his teachings for us today? In Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus we’ll journey back in time to eavesdrop on the conversations that arose among the rabbis of Jesus’ day, and consider how hearing Rabbi Jesus with the ears of a first-century disciple can bring new meaning to our faith. And we’ll listen to Jewish thinkers through the ages, discovering how ideas that germinated in Jesus’ time have borne fruit. Doing so will yield fresh, practical insights for following our Rabbi’s teachings from a Jewish point of view.
You can read an excerpt of this book, here in PDF format.
About The Author:
Lois Tverberg, PhD, has been writing and teaching about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past fifteen years. With Ann Spangler she coauthored the bestseller, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. She is also the author of Listening to the Language of the Bible. Cofounder of the En-Gedi Resource Center, an educational ministry with a goal of deepening Christian understanding of the Bible in its cultural context, she now writes fulltime from her home in Holland, Michigan. For more, see her website:Our Rabbi Jesus: His Jewish Life and Teaching at ourrabbijesus.com
If you are looking for a book that will take you into the world of Judaism during the time Jesus and teach you a lot about what is missing in modern day Christianity, this is the book for you. It is a mix of self-reflection and history lesson, with a lot of application for the reader to learn about. It is an easy read but deep in subject, so definitely a book that could take some time to read through, and one that you will want to reference over and over. A fresh take on the life of Jesus and a reminder to live as He did. There are a ton of scripture references and reflection questions to get you or a small group thinking and discussing long after reading this book.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
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