Come Think Hebraically with Me in Dayton, October 15

LAT w: Jesus at HSD closeI hope you can join me for a brand new seminar based on my upcoming book on October 15, 2016 in Beavercreek, Ohio (near Dayton.) The workshop will be part of the Feast of Tabernacle weekend event hosted by the Church of Messiah on October 14-15.

I’ll be giving three talks from 9 AM to noon, and then speaking again at the evening service. All of my talks will focus what it means to think hebraically. Here’s an overview:

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Being There: Reading the Bible from a Hebraic Perspective

How can we encounter God’s word as a native? How can we hear Jesus as his disciples did? How can we truly be there? We need to open our hearts, and we also need to orient our minds. We need to bridge the cultural gap between our Western world and that of the Eastern, Hebraic setting of the Bible.

This weekend we’ll look at some big-picture ideas and cultural assumptions in the Bible that will surprise modern readers. Among other things, we will look at

“Greek-Brain” vs. “Hebrew-Brain”

A World that is about We, not Me

Where Life Revolves Around the Text

Our Lost Sense of Awe

What passages might they read differently as a result? How can a more Hebraic perspective inform our lives today?

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The workshop will be part of the Haverim Lecture Series for the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies. As…

In the Biblical World, Aging was a Good Thing

To understand your Bible you need to grasp the assumptions of its cultural world. Sometimes glimpsing its alternative point of view can even put our own reality into perspective.

For instance, in the Ancient Near East, advanced age was not seen as something to be avoided. Aging was seen a source of honor and dignity. Job saw a long life as a source of knowledge: “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:12)
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Baby & Rabbis.

We, on the other hand, live in a society that idolizes youth, where our heroes are Mark Zuckerberg and Justin Beiber. We can hardly imagine living in a society where growing older is actually seen as a good thing.

Our perspective is not universal, though. Even today, it’s an insult in the Middle East to estimate a person’s age as too young. Hasidic Jews line the cribs of their newborns with pictures of white-bearded rabbis, who are the “rock stars” of their world.

 

The Dynamic Heroes of The Prince of Egypt

Do you remember The Prince of Egypt? In Disney’s animated retelling of the Exodus story, Moses, Miriam and Aaron all look about 23 years old. But have you ever considered the fact that the real Moses was actually eighty, which meant that Miriam would have been in her mid-nineties, and Aaron even older? These three dynamic “leaders of…