With the release of Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus, I’ve put together my responses to some interview questions about myself and my writing as it relates to the new book.
You’ve written a couple of other books before this one that have similar titles – Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi
Jesus and Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus. How do they relate to your new book?
Sitting at the Feet was about the Jewish customs that deepen our understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry, like the biblical feasts, the Jewish prayers, and the relationship of rabbi and disciple.
Walking in the Dust was about the Jewish context of Jesus’ teachings. Many of the things he said make much more sense when you know the conversation that was going on around him. Disciples are supposed to “walk in the ways” of their rabbi and obey his teaching. So I chose some of Jesus’ teachings that have a Jewish context that sheds light on their meaning.
My newest book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus, pulls back a bit and starts by looking at cultural issues that get in the way as we read the Bible in the modern, Western world.
Among the things I asked myself as I wrote were, what cultural tools can I give readers to read the Bible more authentically?
Hooray! My new book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus has now been officially released by my publisher, Baker. Every book is a lot of work, and there is much rejoicing when it is finally “born.”
For more about the book, see this page.
Some of you already ordered it from my office, so you were able to read it a month early. I sent out over 700 books in December – that’s a lot of stuffing and mailing!
Others of you pre-ordered it from Amazon or elsewhere online. You should be getting your book in a few days. Amazon does not allow reviews before a book is released, but now you’ll be seeing other people’s reviews about it there and elsewhere. If you enjoyed it, feel free to share. 🙂
Check out this brand new website about the book, which just went live:
Here’s a screenshot. Feel free to share with your friends!
And yes, I still have lots of books, if you would like to support my writing and future research. Go to this page to order Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus and other books of mine directly from my office.