I’m excited that I’ve been invited to speak in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands this summer.
I’ll be giving several seminars and talks about my new book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus (Baker, 2018). A prominent theme will be how Christians can be equipped to read the Bible more authentically by grasping its Jewish cultural context.
I will be in the UK between June 7-17, and the Netherlands between June 18-21.
First, I’ll be giving a day-long workshop at Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship, in Acton, London. Here are details:
Through the Eyes of Jesus
The Gospel as Jesus preached makes more sense when we hear it through first-century Jewish ears. Come hear Lois Tverberg speak on Jesus words through first-century Middle Eastern cultural eyes. A day to gather, worship and hear God’s word together.
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship
216 High Street
London, W3 9NX
(As part of Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship’s “Blessed to be a Blessing” this event is completely free and open to all. Please book a ticket at this link and encourage others to book in as we are expecting tickets to go quickly. Doors open at 9:15am. There is limited local metered parking around, please use public transport where possible.)
I will also be speaking at the Sunday afternoon service of Oak Tree Fellowship on June 10th at 4:30 PM…
I recently received a question about Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” which I discussed in my book Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, page 72.
Many read this line as meaning that Jesus promises to be present when his followers gather to pray for something “in his name.” In my chapter I pointed out the importance of gathering in community.
One reader pointed out that this verse is located within Jesus’ teaching about making a decision regarding a sinner (Matt. 18:15-20). The “two or three who are gathered” could be witnesses to an offense. Is it OK to apply this line more broadly, or should we stick to a narrow interpretation, that Jesus acts as a “witness” when we are making a decision in a trial?
In Terms of Wider Rabbinic Thought
What is fascinating is to look at Jesus’ words in the context of wider rabbinic thought. Several sayings sound quite similar, like
“When two sit together and words of Torah pass between them, the Divine Presence rests between them” Mishnah Avot 3:3
“When three eat at one table and speak the words of Torah there, it is as though they have eaten from the table of God.” Mishnah Avot 3:4
“Whenever ten are gathered for prayer, there the Shekinah rests.” Talmud…