New book! Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

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Join Lois January 24-26 in Columbia, Missouri

Repack your mental bags at the Winter Lecture Series I’ll be giving for the Theological Education Initiative in Columbia, MO, January 24-26th!

I’ll be talking about the three main themes of my most recent book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus:

Thurs 6-8 PM: Repacking our Mental Bags
Fri 6-8 PM: How the Bible Thinks
Sat 10-12 AM: Reading About the Messiah

TEI provides opportunities for lifelong learning for evangelical ministry leaders. They are located in the Parkade Center, conveniently near I-70. All are welcome! They are at:

Parkade Center
601 Business Loop 70W, St. 131
Columbia, MO 65203

(Come inside. Find the elevator. Lower level. Suite 131)

(If you’d like to order the book for a discount, go to the book page here.)


A Good Eye or a Bad Eye? A Cryptic but Critical Idiom

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)

Over the years, these mysterious words of Jesus have invited all kinds of speculation. But we can crack Jesus’ cryptic saying about the “eye” by hearing it within its Hebraic context, and grasping the figures of speech that Jesus was employing.

Jesus was most likely comparing the idea of having a “good eye” with having a “bad eye,” two idioms that have been a part of the Hebrew language from biblical times until today.1