"What Tverberg uncovers brings Scripture to light in contextual, astonishing ways. She makes me hunger to dig deeper in the meaning of the Word." - Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts
"The first book that I would suggest to those interested in understanding Jesus' teaching better with the help of the historical background." - Todd Bolen, BiblePlaces.com
"Her knowledge of Jewish customs, scholarship, language, and culture is astounding, and her writing style is lively and accessible...I cannot recommend it enough." - Rachel Held Evans, author of The Year of Biblical Womanhood
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In Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus
, Lois Tverberg brings the Bible to life as she explores the cultural context of Jesus' teachings. With well-researched information and a highly readable style, Tverberg explains
- How understanding Jewish idioms and expressions can help us better grasp what Jesus was saying
- How viewing Jesus within the context of Middle Eastern culture can enliven his parables in surprising new ways
- How the Jewish world of Jesus can teach us many wise insights, like how to pray with chutzpah or think with both hands
By understanding the religious and cultural atmosphere in which Jesus lived and taught, you will begin to understand why his first disciples abandoned everything to follow him. You will also learn the meaning behind key Hebrew words that make Bible reading a richer, more powerful experience. And you will see how Jewish customs, culture, and beliefs can enrich your life as a Christian whose faith first emerged from Jewish roots.
Come eavesdrop on the conversations among the rabbis of Jesus' time. Learn how hearing Rabbi Jesus with the ears of a first-century disciple can bring new depth to your spiritual life. Along the way you will discover both practical ways to live as Jesus' disciple and an invigorated faith that will draw you closer to God.