Understanding Jesus: Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ  -     By: Joe Amaral
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Delve deep into the Jewish culture and traditions from two thousand years ago with Joe Amaral and you will discover a richer understanding of Jesus' words and actions in the Bible. Knowing more about the people, time and place of Jesus' birth will shed new light on how to apply Biblical truth in today's world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 0446584762
ISBN-13: 9780446584760
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Publisher's Description

Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ's life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, author Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographical distance and over two thousand years of history. Using a chronological approach to the life of Christ, he guides the reader through significant events such as Jesus' birth, baptism, and crucifixion, pointing out illuminating details that that the Western mind would normally miss.
Amaral's premise is that to understand Jesus, we must understand the time and place in which he was born, the background from which he drew his illustrations, and the audience he spoke to. Throughout the book he explores specific terms, places, and events for their significance and shows how they add richness and meaning to the text. Topics include the connection between Jesus and John the Baptist, the annual Feasts and why they are important to modern Christianity, Jewish customs such as foot-washing, clean and unclean foods, paying tribute to political governments, and the significance of various miracles.
In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Amaral draws back the curtain on a way of life that existed during the reign of the Caesars, and in doing so, reveals truths about the way we live more than two thousand years later, half a world away.

Author Bio

Joe Amaral was born in Portugal on the island of St. Miguel, and immigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, when he was two years old. A rebel against Christianity, he credits a youth pastor who "loved me unconditionally" with being a major factor in his conversion and subsequent decision to enter the ministry. He attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now a Master's College and Seminary). In November 2002, he first visited Israel, and learned about the culture from his tour guide, a Messianic Jew. Today, along with his father-in-law, he operates a ministry called Operation Outreach, conducting tours of the Holy Land several times a year and teaching on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He resides with his wife, Karen, and family in Ontario.

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"The fact that Jesus took on Jewish flesh means that we can't fully appreciate what He said and did unless we know the Jewish culture of His day. Joe Amaral sheds significant new light on the person and work of the Messiah and by digging deeper into the Hebraic roots of the New Testament text."—Wayne Hilsden, Senior Pastor, King of Kings Community, Jerusalem
Joe Amaral's UNDERSTANDING JESUS is a must read for anyone who is serious about determining the true meaning of Jesus' teachings. Amaral's knowledge of First Century Jewish life presents Jesus in His original cultural context. In doing so, many misunderstood or difficult passages are brought to life."—Dr. Dan Bahat, former District Archaeologist of Jerusalem
"Joe Amaral's insights into first century Jewish culture will be of great benefit for anyone who is looking to discover and understand the original meaning of Jesus' teachings. I recommend heartily this reader-friendly book."—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

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    I love learning new things about the Jewish culture and this book does not disappoint. I could not put it down. It was so informative, I didn't want it to end. It really help me look at Jesus and what he said and did a little clearer. So much there, I highly recommend it.
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    Graham Cudlipp
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    I enjoyed reading Joe Amaral's insightful book very much - I understand so much more about first century culture and realise I have much more to learn!
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    I thought I knew a lot about Jesus and the feasts of Israel...I learned so much more. Every word, every movement of Jesus had meaning and purpose. Love the book.
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    Great book and author! Our Bible study group is totally enjoying studying the Jewish culture and the influence on Jesus. Well worth the read; be sure to take the time to explore the Jewish holidays and their meaning. This book helps us to understand Jesus and that time and how it all applies to us today.
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    August 17, 2011
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    So often we read the Bible from a 21st.Century mindset - This book helps you understand the culture of Jesus day and what some of His sayings meant from a 1st Century perspective.

    It also covered the Feasts of the Lord and gave me much more understanding of what they mean.

    I would highly recommend this book.
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