Lois TverbergBaker Books / 2019 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.995 out of 5 stars for Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. View reviews of this product. 22 Reviews
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tpdavis5 Stars Out Of 5Another great addition to Tverbergs seriesFebruary 14, 2021tpdavisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I highly recommend the entire series by Tverberg. She does a great hob of illustrating the context and culture if Jesus day in a very relatable and approachable writing style.
GeorgeSan Antonio TXAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting but slow openingJune 26, 2019GeorgeSan Antonio TXAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I have already read "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus?" and found it somewhat interesting so I purchased this book to further explore the general theme of the Jewishness of Jesus. The first 30 pages did little to enhance my curiosity but then the book began to perk my interest once again. Overall it is a good read but seems a mix of filler and little real meat at times.
jan5 Stars Out Of 5so interesting!May 11, 2018janQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i learned so much about how the Hebrew language, Old Testament scriptures, and Jewish culture are so impotant in understanding the New Testament.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5learn more about the Jewish roots of Jesus' teachings and the culture of the early churchApril 23, 2018Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading The Bible With Rabbi Jesus: How A Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding by Lois Tverberg is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to gain insight into the teachings of Jesus and the culture of the early Christian church based on the Jewish background and heritage of the new testament.
Using Jewish history, teachings, and perspectives, Lois shows us how to reset our mental imagery of Biblical times to relate better to both the old and new testament through revelations about their culture, logic and thinking patterns, and prophecies and views pertaining to the Messiah.
During the course of each chapter, Lois carefully examines both our modern western viewpoint and the traditional Jewish views pertaining to a given biblical topic. This allows a sort of compare-and-contrast of differing cultures to help aid us in bridging the gap between the world of Christianity today and how early Christians would have interpreted the same stories and lessons in their time. Each chapter concludes with a "tools and reflections" section which includes suggested scriptures, questions, and activities designed to pull you closer to a period (and culturally) appropriate mindset.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Jewish roots of Jesus' teachings and the culture of the early church. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Kelsey5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling, Transforming, EnjoyableApril 20, 2018KelseyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In today's world, we recognize the need to understand and respect cultural differences. Besides being necessary, it's hugely enriching! How much more, then, should Christians become more familiar with the culture and viewpoint of the people for whom the Bible was first written? It would help us better understand the Word of God that we live by. Lois Tverberg's book is a compelling path into the Hebraic culture of Bible times, enjoyable and accessible for readers at all levels of biblical knowledge. It's perfect for Bible study groups because each chapter has questions for further discussion at the end, as well as recommended reading for further study.
First and foremost, Tverberg's book is significant because it puts Jesus back in His Jewish context while fully upholding the tenets of our faith. It explores Messianic prophecies, how they were viewed in His time, and how He fulfilled them. (I got chills reading about Isaiah 53.) This book explains how He claimed to be the Messiah in ways that non-Jews might miss.
The book also shows how understanding the cultural context and historicity of the Bible is faith-affirming. If there's something that our Western minds can't grasp, we're apt to dismiss its veracity. But when we get a glimpse of the radically different mindset of non-Euro-American civilizations, we realize that what we questioned makes perfect sense to the other half of the world's population. I enjoyed learning about the differences, especially the ones that explain some confusing parts of the Bible (such as why the "begat" sections are important).
I loved how Tverberg examined the full meaning of the Hebrew words behind terms that are pivotal to our faith, such as Christ, gospel, king, and fear/reverence. There's an appendix called "Thirty Useful Hebrew Words for Bible Study," a wonderful resource that curates the words she talked about in the book as well as words she didn't cover.
The section on how Jews read the Bible was also very enlightening. As the book depicts, adopting some of their methods would be beneficial to Christians in our search to better know God's Word and understand our Messiah. It's amazing how they memorized it, how they connected it, how they quoted from it, and what a sophisticated scholar Yeshua was.
There's so much more I could say in praise of this book, but probably the best thing I could do is encourage you to read it. It will deepen your appreciation for God's message to humanity and for His chosen people, and it will remind you of His greatness!
(I was graciously provided a copy of this book for my honest review.)