(This is the press release for my book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus)
Wrinkles and gray hair in the mirror. Rain in the forecast. Gaining a clothing size. Modern Bible readers view all of these as negatives, but in the biblical world, just the opposite would have been true.
Old age was an advantage when elders were chosen as leaders, and rain was an occasion for rejoicing in the parched Middle East. Beauty was associated with gaining weight because hunger was a common struggle. Cultural differences large and small separate modern readers from how the Bible “thinks.”
In her new book Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding, bestselling author Lois Tverberg digs into a rich repository of knowledge to shed light on many puzzling passages whose cultural meaning would otherwise escape us.
By illuminating the language, culture and imagery of the Bible, Tverberg equips modern readers to read the Bible as Jesus and his disciples would have. In the process, she helps readers realize that the Bible speaks with a “Jewish accent.”
By opening reader’s eyes to the way Middle Eastern people would have understood Jesus, Tverberg takes them on a journey that will deepen their love of this very Jewish book, enriching their lives in the process.
“God often expressed his truth to ancient listeners in…