What Would Jesus Read?: Daily Devotions That Guided The Savior  -     By: Joe Amaral
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What Would Jesus Read?: Daily Devotions That Guided The Savior

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Have you ever wondered what the devotional life of Jesus may have been like when He was growing up in Nazareth? What Scriptures would He have read? What prayers would He have prayed?
The unique devotional What Would Jesus Read? provides some answers to those questions by following a Jewish system of Bible reading. Both in ancient times and today, rabbis divided Scripture portions and assigned them to specific families, who would then be responsible for memorizing and teaching that portion in the synagogue.
Using these Old Testament scriptures in conjunction with the Jewish calendar, What Would Jesus Read? provides a full year's worth of reflections for personal or corporate use. Discover the rich heritage of Bible study by reading and considering the same texts as the Savior.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7 X 5 X 1.21 (inches)
ISBN: 1455508144
ISBN-13: 9781455508143
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After the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem, the Jews were exiled to Babylon. Not only was there no longer a physical place to pray, even the sacred Scriptures were becoming scarce. Many of the biblical scrolls were lost or destroyed during the exile. In an attempt to preserve the Scriptures, the Rabbis divided up the biblical texts into weekly reading portions and distributed them among the families of Israel. Each was responsible for memorizing their assigned passage and then reading it in the synagogue every Sabbath.

This system of reading is the basis for the story found in Luke 4:16-17: "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him."

This system is still in use today by Jews all over the world. In WHAT WOULD JESUS READ?, Joe Amaral gives modern day Christians the opportunity to follow and practice the same devotional system that Jesus used!

Author Bio

JOE AMARAL is a licensed and ordained minister and travels full-time as a sought after conference and event speaker. Amaral is the host and producer of a weekly television show filmed on location in Israel called First Century Foundations. His close work with the archaeological and religious community in Israel affords him a unique perspective and opportunity to gain special insight into first-century life and culture. Amaral has produced several teaching DVD's on the subject of Hebraic Roots as well as several documentaries about Israel. Amaral continues to travel to Israel on a regular basis to further his studies as well as conducting tours. He lives with his wife, Karen, and family in Ontario, Canada.

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"The insights from this author's research are illuminating and can serve as a springboard for those serious about delving deeper."—San Francisco Book Review on Understanding Jesus

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  1. Irish
    Toronto
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Each devotional is brief and to the point.
    March 16, 2013
    Irish
    Toronto
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Was looking for a different devotional when I began 2013. This one has spoken to me and was just what I needed on many of the days. Joe usually gives the cultural setting of the words of Jesus. I highly recommend it.
  2. juliea
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    I recommend Amaral's "Understanding Jesus" instead
    June 14, 2012
    juliea
    Quality: 2
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    In What Would Jesus Read?, author Joe Amaral aims to give modern-day Christians a chance to follow the same devotional system that Jesus would have used in his day. Sounds like a perfect follow-up to Amaral's first book, Understanding Jesus, which I absolutely loved, thus I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book.

    Unfortunately, What Would Jesus Read? doesn't quite deliver. Having been intrigued by the opportunity to follow Jesus' devotional style, I was more than disappointed to find that each day's devotion was merely one verse (often a single phrase, even), followed by Amaral's reflections on the verse. The daily readings fell far short of exploring the selected verse to a depth worthy of being called the devotional system of Jesus.

    True to Amaral's forte, however, many days' readings did, fortunately, offer an historical perspective that shed new light on the verse. Sadly, many others did not. For those who appreciate that angle of Biblical study and reflection, I highly recommend Amaral's Understanding Jesus.

    I received this book free from Faith Words Publisher for the purpose of providing my honest review.
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