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.
This is an excellent inspiring book. It follows on from her co-authored book "Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus". It is engagingly written and elaborates and expands on various aspects of Jesus's teaching. She explains the importance of various moral "commands" bringing them to life and showing the benefits (to all) from observing them. Any one interested in Jewish Rabbinic teaching, as well as Christian morality and teaching should benefit from reading this. I hope she continues writing.
Absolutely inspiring insights into the customs and culture of Jewish Jesus; beautifully explained and a thorough joy to read. This book brought the life of Jesus into a whole new light for me. I would recommend it without reservation.
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.
Provides what I found to be a really interesting and challenging perspective on many very familiar gospel passages. Unpacks the language and meaning of the words Jesus used and what they meant to the people who heard him, often quite different to our modern translations and almost always of deeper significance.
This is the follow up to 'Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith'. For anyone looking to put Jesus in His historical context and better understand the nuances of what He did and said these books are invaluable.
I really do think we miss so much by not having enough knowledge of the how Christianity is rooted in Judaism. Have been reading this book but going to go over it again with a pen and notebook in hand. There are some really powerful insights into the meaning of phrases in the original Hebrew and when you grasp these it gives you a much clearer picture of what was actually being said.