on 10 April 2012
I found 'Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus' an eye opening book in more ways then one.
1. It sheds light on some key vocabulary in the Bible, as it was originally written in Hebrew.
2. It sheds light on the deep connections between the stories, words and wisdom of the Old Testament and the words which Jesus speaks. It helps a Christian European creature like myself, who has not been exposed to Judaism, to understand the Gospels as a continuous commentary upon the Old Scriptures, as part of a wider Jewish culture (before Jesus and after Jesus) of studying and pondering upon God's mysterious ways.
3. I believe that the most important message that one takes away with her when closing this book is that God is One. There are no two Gods, a vengeful, 'Jewish', God in the Old Testament and a reformed, merciful and loving God in the New Testament. Rather, what Lois Tverberg manages to highlight, with grace and simplicity, is that throughout the Old and the New Testament, God comes across as the same long enduring and suffering father of us all, who is ready to put aside his wrath for the sake of embracing his prodigal sons and daughters when they choose to return.
I love this book for it's wisdom and for the fact that it teaches us to walk in the ways of God not with false piety, but rather with affection, with boldness and even humour. It is a liberating message.
on 18 September 2013
This book is a must for all Christians, especially those who have read Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus. I takes you even further in understanding the importance of knowing the context and intended meaning of the Hebrew, and what Jesus really means when He says what he says. It explains what the people of the time understood by His words too. On top of this, and because of this, the book deepens your relationship with God and takes that relationship to a new level.
on 13 October 2014
If you are familiar with Lois Tverberg's writings, then as you would expect, it's more of the same. Well researched, carefully explained insights into the Middle Eastern cultural background to NT writings, and explanations of Hebrew /Aramaic idioms of speech which easily confuse or mislead us 21st Century readers. I found the intro a bit long winded, but the basic information is interesting, useful and accessible. Also good for future reference and discussion. Well worth a read, even better keep for reference.