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Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life Hardcover – February 29, 2012
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"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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- 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
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.
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But the greatest accomplishment of the text is that Tverberg succeeds in making the Gospel story fresh while remaining faithful to the story. Give this book a thumbs up.
I long have avoided regular attendance at church services, and frankly often look at the Bible and scratch my head. I have always been comfortable when I have attended Synagogue with Jewish friends. Not knowing completely why, I would have to say "that it is because it is closer to the way things were", and to me that is deeply relevant. As an adult I have continually sought out any and all information that I can find that takes me back to the way that things really were and to become more enlightened in all things resulting from Jesus and His direct followers and those who witnessed events directly related to Him and His thoughts and ideas, teachings, sayings, etc.
So, for me, this book is a wonderful and closer look at, and also a welcome breath of truth (fresh air so to speak) Jesus the Man and his teachings. You will find much here that will surely please you to know and come to understand that has seemed "murky" or "unclear" and that enlightens one in ways not seen before.
Once you understand what the words Jesus used really meant (in His time), as spoken by Him, everything makes such common clear sense. Like I said above, it's like "fresh air" and it's truly wonderful to have new insight and knowledge into His expressions and sayings AS He presented them to His friends and acquaintances.Read more ›
In this book Lois Tverberg digs so deep into the Hebrew meanings of the words Jesus spoke and taught us with. Hebrew has only 8,000 words and English 400,000 I never knew that. Thus the words are deep and full of meaning, often mean different things. She teaches us how in the context of the time and whom he was speaking to what the words most likely stood for. It is eye opening and very humbling. I have highlights on most every page and plan to re read it as it is so rich you have to take time and think and pray about what you have learned.
I have often wondered just what the Talmud was it is a huge set of books that are commentary on the Mishnah which simply put is the oral teachings of the time 200 AD and the previous 200 years. The teachers of the time including Jesus taught much more than what is recorded in our Bible. This Mishnah puts into print this oral history. I plan on looking into this soon.
Included in the back are her vast resources and a glossary of terms we may not be familiar with. I found this very helpful event though I have read much about Jewish teachings. I have never read anything like this. This is a life changing book to read. To know the deeper meanings of what Jesus was telling us, how to live and how to treat others what he expects.
Shema- Hear and Obey.Read more ›
A few Jews handed Jesus over to the Romans for execution 2000 years back, and all Jews forevermore were judged as undesirables. Tverberg holds that many christians forget or discount Jesus's Jewishness when reading His gospel. A few preachers even teach that Jesus did away with the Jewish scriptures--the New Testament supercedes the Old Covenant. But Jesus Himself said He did not come to do away with the Old Covenant, but to add to it.
Lois Tverberg writes a thoughtful study of the Jewish scriptural basis for the New Covenant gospels. She sheds light on the key parables of Jesus which define 'christianity', adding extra depth and bringing out more of the richness of Jesus's teachings--what He really meant when speaking of Himself as the Living Water, or preaching on loving God and loving each other--all that entails. The trouble with the Bible is, we read it, listen to it, study it, and it never sits still! There's always more in its pages!
Tverberg is careful to document her teachings. She starts with Jesus and His contemporaries to an attempt to better understand the World Trade Center destruction and the conflicts between Jews and others in the middle east, today. Most of this book focusess on the Shema--so central to the identity of the Jew, and such a seminal springboard for the many discussions of its meanings in the parables of the New Testament. She deals mostly in comparisons of the teachings of the Pentatuch and of the 4 gospels.
I chose this book, because I've always wanted to understand more of what the Bible says, what it means. I assumed the Bible can be confusing because I can't read it in the original.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand the culture that Jesus lived in a little better now. And that Jesus grew up Jewish. That had never occurred to me. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Opens the door to fresh insight into the life and words of Jesus by helping us to understand better the times Jesus lived in, the context he inhabited.Published 17 days ago by Bing
Very well written. If you are looking for a deeper insight into Jesus and the time in which he lived & worked read this book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Song Neul Ra
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fast delivery with some very good material but just a little short of expectations.Published 25 days ago by Charles Gebhardt
excellent book for those wishing to deepen your knowledge of Jesus!Published 26 days ago by Nancy Diane Meyer
The more we know about the culture Jesus taught in, and the Old Testament, the more alive His teaching becomes.Published 26 days ago by Dave Harris