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Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith [Kindle Edition]

Ann Spangler , Lois Tverberg
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Book Description

A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him.
What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus' ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.
You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith.
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith.
By looking at the Jewishness of Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg take you on a captivating journey into the heart of Judaism, one that is both balanced and insightful, helping you to better understand and appreciate your own faith.

Editorial Reviews


"Spangler and Tverberg vibrantly introduce the reader to valuable aspects of the Jewish background, life style and teachings of the Rabbi from Galilee. Through their engaging personal style and reflective Judaic approach toward understanding biblical discipleship, Spangler and Tverberg have hit a home run. The authors draw their readers in to learn at the feet of the Rabbi and leave them begging for more." --Marvin R. Wilson, PhD, Ockenga Professor of Biblical Studies, Gordon College


Spangler and Tverberg, with the rigor of a scientist, the drama of a story teller, and the passion of a disciple, present a stirring depiction of Jesus as a first century Jewish teacher which will greatly benefit the scholar and the lay person alike. Supported with careful analysis of ancient sources and recent archaeological discovery this study is a profound call to follow the Jesus of Scripture. I plan to use it as a text in the classes I teach and highly recommend it. -- Ray Vander Laan, Author, and Founder of That the World May Know Ministries <br><br>

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  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002AKPFT4
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book...and our book club May read April 2, 2009
Do you sometimes feel like you don't quite understand the parables on the Kingdom of Heaven? Or like you're missing the full meaning of the Sermon on the Mount? Have you ever wondered how the disciples would have understood Jesus' actions during the Last Supper?

I've read the Gospels numerous times and read many books about what life was like in Biblical times. Frankly, I didn't realize until now how much I was missing by not understanding the rabbinic teaching styles of the time (among other things). Despite all my study, most of this information was new.

This book opened up my understanding of the Gospels by allowing me to see the deeper, richer meaning that would have been understood all along by the Jewish audiences of Jesus' day.

The book consists of general cultural notes alternated with using that new knowledge to examine specific Gospel passages. However, this book isn't just an intellectual exercise--it'll have you digging into your Bible with new enthusiasm and will deepen your walk with God.

While Christians who have a solid foundational knowledge of the Gospels will probably get the most out of this book, I'd highly recommend it to any Christian who wants a deeper understanding of Christ and his teachings.

Obviously, I really enjoyed this book which is why I picked it as ChristFocus Book Club's May book. [...]
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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Since this is currently not available through Amazon, I will provide the table of contexts:

1 Joining Mary at the Feet of Jesus
2 Why a Jewish Rabbi
3 Stringing Pearls
4 Following the Rabbi
5 Get Yourself Some Haverim
6 Rabbi, Teach Us to Pray
7 For everything a Blessing
8 A Passover Discovery
9 Discovering Jesus in the Jewish Feasts
10 At Table with the Rabbi
11 Touching the Rabbi's Fringe
12 Jesus and the Torah
13 The Mysterious Kingdom of God
14 Becoming True Disciples of Our Jewish Lord

A Prayers Jesus Prayed
B The Feasts
C Recommended Resources
D Glossary
Scripture Index
General Index

In the opening pages, the book features the endorsements by Ray Vander Laan, Marvin R. Wilson, David Bivin, and Dwight A. Pryor. Also, the book is 201 pages from the Introduction to the last page of chapter 14.

The book is an introduction to the historical settings of the Jewish culture in which Jesus was apart of and paints a vivid picture of what it would have been like to have Jesus as your Rabbi. The purpose of this is to expand the knowledge of Jesus and develop ethical practices that reflect His teaching. This book does not set out to prove His Jewishness or Messiahship. The authors believe it and begin to relay a message of what it would have been like to be a disciple of Jesus.

Each chapter begins with a short story or personal experience that sets the tune for the chapter. Further, when the authors are making a point, they speak in illustrations that appeal to the readers' physically senses/experiences so that the reader can relate to it.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GEM of a book... March 17, 2009
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I want to share with you a new exciting book I read this past week, I have been SMILING everyday since I started reading it. It's a very good book. The book is 272 pages, with lots of great footnote (rare meat for me) in truth ever page of this book is a real GEM. As I finished the last chapter of the book last evening, I had a vision in my mind of a light wooden church pew in front of me, and on the backside were a bible, a hymnal, and one of these books for people to read. If only every Christian would read it was my thought to the Lord. I believe it would help them SEE You in Your true Jewish setting.

I'm praying this book will impact many many people for the Lord, Jews and Gentile alike.

Now, to tell you the truth I knew almost everything in this book about Rabbi Jesus; I have been teaching this kind of stuff for over 19 years

It was a delight to me to see how well Spangler and Lois laid out everything in this book; really it moved me to tears. I think the Christian world at large has been waiting for this book, yes, I know it has...! So anyone who wants to KNOW their HEBREW Lord Yeshua (Jesus), should read this book.

Mayim Hayim Ministries will give this book a five stars***** rating, and will carry it and use it in our ministry as a great teaching tool. I promise you, you will gain a much deeper understanding of God by seeing Yeshua in His own world. You will not only look through the eyes of a first century Jew reading this book, but of a first century Jew "living during the Second Temple period to boot." Then you will see Jesus "as a Horse of a different color," if you know what I mean by that Movie idiom?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and educational at the same time! March 28, 2009
For a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus it is important to understand the culture, political, and ethnic context of the area where he lived and taught. That is the primary purpose of this book, to bring to modern Christians an understanding of the world as Jesus experienced it and how that knowledge can deepen your understanding of Jesus' ministry.

The authors do an excellent job of teaching the reader how the people of the time would have understood Jesus' teachings. Whether they are discussing the daily life, training, feasts, clothing or any number of other factors they explain the significance of each, why it was important, how it affected the perception of the people and how it applies to us today when correctly understood in their context.

This is a very interesting book and required reading for those who want to increase their understanding of the culture of the people of Christ's time. "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus" is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very thought provolking
Published 10 days ago by pat nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Gain insites into times of Christ
I am currently reading this book and I gain new insites into the times and what life was like when Christ was on earth on every page. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Harriet A. Schipper
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn the gem and glean from each perspective...
As with any book dealing with faith, it's important to be willing to examine one's beliefs & "truths" that one holds dear. Read more
Published 26 days ago by David Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read for the serious student...
I am half way through chapter 8 and can hardly wait to read this book over is a wealth of information for someone just starting out trying to understand the Jewishness... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sagacious
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, HIGHLY recommended
Outstanding book
Published 1 month ago by will
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Author creates wonderful images of what it was ...
Amazing. Author creates wonderful images of what it was like to follow Christ as Rabbi. It is a deep and wonderful study. I highly recommend!
Published 1 month ago by sierra
4.0 out of 5 stars I have found that the bible is always more meaningful ...
I have found that the bible is always more meaningful for me the more I study the culture of the people of that time in history. This book has greatly helped with that discovery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars sitting at the feet of rabbi Jesus
Good insights, nice jumping off point into a life long quest. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Highly recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by j
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Long book with not to much exciting about rabbi's jewishness explaining Jesus words. Could have done with out
Published 1 month ago by Homeward bound
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend, as an anthropologist!
This book changed my perspective on a lot of things. I am an anthropologist and I know the importance culture plays in the perspectives and actions of people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bethany
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