Thursday, March 8, 2012

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg

book cover

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus:
How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life
by Lois Tverberg

ISBN-13: 978-0310284208
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: March 6, 2012

Source: eBook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description from Book Cover:
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.

My Review:
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus is structured around a series of word studies that included information on the Jewish cultural understanding of the word (beyond its dictionary meaning). The author also explained how fully understanding these words as the listener of that time would have understood them helps us to better understand the Bible. She discusses frequently used words whose full meanings don't easily translate into English words and our culture's way of thinking.

I've heard some of this information before, but I still found the book very interesting and insightful. It's easy to read and understand, and the author did a good job of bringing out points that bring deeper understanding of the Scripture. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt using Google Preview.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

This book sounds fascinating! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review! :)