Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus
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One of the biggest obstacles to understanding the New Testament is failing to interpret it within its Jewish context. What would it be like to sit beside Jesus and hear him interpret God's Word? Tverberg sheds light on age-old imagery, stories, and Scripture to reveal how Jesus' first-century listeners would have approached life, God, and each other. 288 pages, hardcover from Baker.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801017157
ISBN-13: 9780801017155

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What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter?

Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today.

Combining careful research with engaging prose, Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other. She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing us to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes. By helping readers grasp the perspective of its original audience, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will enrich their lives and deepen their understanding.

Author Bio

Lois Tverberg has been speaking and writing about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past 20 years. Her passion is to translate the Bible's ancient setting into fresh insights that deepen and strengthen Christian faith. She is cofounder of the En-Gedi Resource Center, an educational ministry with a goal of deepening Christian understanding of the Bible in its original context. A former professor, Tverberg currently lives in Holland, Michigan, and speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats. Learn more at www.ourrabbijesus.com.

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  1. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must have for every Christian's library
    January 6, 2018
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus is beyond an entertaining or educational experience. It is beyond a bible study. It is the kind of book you keep close for reference, soaking in every word. Lois Tverberg writes like no one else I have read. Her talent and commitment for showing the truth in scripture with the authenticity and richness of Jewish culture creates a full experience for the reader. Understanding Jewish tradition and perspective are vital, and this book begins with a powerful invitation. "It's entirely possible for a person to expend a great deal of energy getting to a destination, yet arrive there with their head and thoughts remaining at the original point of departure." (Page 25).

    Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus is the best investment I have made, and I give this book five out of five stars. It is a must read.
  2. sedeneve
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Add this to your Bible study library
    January 4, 2018
    sedeneve
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    Lois Tverberg does such a great job in this book of revealing the cultural translation problems that can arise when we read our Bibles with "Western eyes." I have read all of the "Rabbi Jesus" books Lois has written and with each one I come away with a deeper understanding of scripture. RTBWRJ is well researched and academic and will satisfy the serious Bible student, but she is able to make things so understandable and gives you a beautiful picture of Jesus our Messiah that will also touch your heart. A few topics she touches on are: the meaning of the word "Christ", Greek brain vs. Hebrew brain, and Jesus' Messianic claims. There are really great, thought-provoking study questions at the end of each chapter and will ignite good discussion in a group. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was able to be part of a dynamic study group, all opinions expressed here are my own.
  3. gaynor
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    an eye-opener
    January 4, 2018
    gaynor
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    Most Christians do not realize how our Greek-Westernized worldview has infiltrated our biblical understanding, interpretation & theology. Yet the Bible was written by ancient easterners to an eastern audience with a starkly different worldview.

    Lois gives compelling evidence & examples to convey the importance of reading the Bible with fresh eyes, taking the eastern worldview & Hebrew language into account.

    For me personally, learning to study the Bible from a Hebraic lens has ignited a fire in me, and reading the bible has become a fun adventure with God revealing new gems all the time.

    I encourage pastors, biblical teachers & the regular Christian folks to read this book. Lois is a scholar who explains things simply where anyone can understand! This is why she is a master at her art. She takes the complex & explains it simply!

    This is Lois most significant book shes written to-date. It should be at the top of every Christians Must Read List of 2018.

  4. Erik Y.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and Transforming, but very accessible!
    January 4, 2018
    Erik Y.
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    Of the three "Rabbi" books in the series, "Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus" is Lois Tverberg's most accessible yet. Lois takes over 20 years of study, including much of it in Israel, and brings a wealth of depth and knowledge of the Hebrew perspective that permeates the writing of the entire scriptures, and specifically how important that perspective is needed when reading the New Testament which has too often been interpreted through Western eyes, forgetting that the majority of New Testament writers were in fact Jews writing from their Eastern perspective to proclaim that Yeshua (Jesus) was in fact the Messiah the nation of people had been waiting for. For us in the West, it is vital that we see how rich the language of the original texts was, and that through knowing the context of the words used in scripture, in contrast to how we have largely translated it into English and taught it, only enriches our understanding of the scriptures. By drawing closer to their original meaning in their original language, we also learn more about Jesus, the focus of all the scriptures as Jesus taught the disciples on the road to Emmaus following his crucifixion and resurrection.

    Once again, Lois Tverberg gives the average person the most basic tools to learn the richness of the scriptures without the need of complicated tools, reference materials, or advanced degrees. Readers will be drawn into a compelling study of the scriptures themselves that will only deepen their relationship with the object of the sacred text of the Bible, namely Jesus Himself. Personally, since finishing this book, I've been seeing the phrases and words that Lois Tverberg discusses pop up all over the scriptures and am finding it easier to navigate through the "difficult" passages of scripture as I see things through the Hebraic lens that this book shows us. I really enjoyed seeing the emphasis on family and community in the scriptures and contrasting that with our Western ideas of success that includes more emphasis on what we "do" (for a living, our actions, etc.). "Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus" is both powerful and transforming, but easily accessible! It is hard to find that combination. As an educator, and one who has written curriculum for various studies, I see this as a vital book that one could use for personal study, but also for group discussions and classes as well. This should be the first book you buy in 2018, especially if you are looking for one to help you address those New Year's Resolutions of Spiritual growth and transformation.

    Disclosure of Material Connection Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.
  5. Lauren
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book will change the way you approach reading the Bible...
    January 3, 2018
    Lauren
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    If you are interested in truly understanding the Jewishness of Jesus' words and teaching, start with Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. Why is this important? When reading the Bible as a 21st century westernize Christian so much is lost in translation and our lack of knowledge of the Jewish culture, teaching and learning styles hinders full understanding of rich biblical lessons. This book explores the deeper meaning of the words anointed, Christ and gospel. This book helped me understand the importance and value of Jesus's references to the OT, the life-changing ideology of reading the Bible with an attitude of "we" instead of just "me" and Jesus' bold messianic claims. If you want to bridge the distance between the Judaic roots of Christianity and what Christianity has become - this book is a must. This book will become an investment in your faith.
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