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Advent & Hanukkah - The Most Hebraic Time of Year

Advent & Hanukkah – The Most Hebraic Time of Year

Many Christians right now are preparing for Christmas. Jews, on the other hand, are in the middle of the 8-day celebration of Hanukkah. For most, the two holidays seem to have little in common. But this is actually a wonderful time of year to consider Jesus in his Hebraic context. During Hanukkah, Jews celebrate their […]

5 Hebrew Words Bible Study: Reviews & Kindle version

5 Hebrew Words Bible Study: Reviews & Kindle version

A few months ago I shared my latest project, 5 Hebrew Words that Every Christian Should Know. It’s a bite-sized Bible study of five flavorful Hebrew words. It’s a little different than any study you’ve likely done before. Readers explore the breadth of each Hebrew word by examining it in various passages and by comparing […]

Free Books on Greek & Hebraic Thought

Free Books on Greek & Hebraic Thought

As I research my next book, I’ve been reading up on Jesus’ Hebraic, Jewish culture and how it contrasts with the Western culture in which we live. I keep bumping into great books I haven’t seen before. I thought I’d share a couple that are free to read or download because they are out of […]

Jesus, the Metaphorical Theologian - Ken Bailey

Jesus, the Metaphorical Theologian – Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey has written a number of fascinating books on Jesus in his Middle Eastern context. In his introduction to Finding the Lost Cultural Keys to Luke 15 (Concordia, 1992), he explains a key difference between how Westerners think and communicate and how Jesus did. Westerners primarily communicate in concepts, but Middle Easterners communicate in […]

In the West, Man is Big and God is Far Away

In the West, Man is Big and God is Far Away

I’m always fascinated by the question of what we need to know, culturally, to understand our Bibles better. So I enjoyed the essay at this link by James Kugel, a Jewish biblical scholar, about a fundamental disconnect between the worldview of the Bible and of our Western world today. It’s from an essay on Psalm […]

Share Your Study Guides!

Share Your Study Guides!

Some of my readers have written some amazing discussion questions for groups they are leading. Do you mind sharing? You’re welcome to send me a copy or a link (tverberg *at* ourrabbijesus.com) if you’ve put them online. (Just to remind you, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus has a study guide that is free […]

The Messianic King ... Your Thoughts?

The Messianic King … Your Thoughts?

The title “Christ” or “Messiah” refers to God’s “anointed one.” Overall, the prophetic imagery is that of a king, although prophets and priests were anointed too. (For more, see What does “Christ” Actually Mean?) In our modern world it’s hard to grasp what awe and worship kings inspired, and why Israel desired one so much. […]

The Torah's Radical New Ideas

The Torah’s Radical New Ideas

How did the laws of the Torah sound in the ancient world? What radical new ideas was God was teaching? These are some of the things I’m writing about right now for my next book, called Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. I gave a talk a few months ago on this in the Haverim […]

Those Spicy, Savory Hebrew Words

Those Spicy, Savory Hebrew Words

Have you noticed the latest food trend? Growing numbers of people are into artisanal foods. They love organic cheeses and heirloom vegetables, farmer’s markets and food co-ops. They want to eat slow food, not fast food. It takes more time and effort, but it’s worth it, they say. You know what? I’m into artisanal Bible […]

Gossip — I am Nobody's Friend

Gossip — I am Nobody’s Friend

Lashon hara is the Hebrew phrase for the “evil tongue” and it refers to gossip, slander and all sorts of malicious speech. It was a source of great concern to rabbis down through the centuries, including Jesus. Below is a poem about gossip that is very wise.   Nobody’s Friend     My name is […]

Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

It’s Father’s Day and articles fill the internet about men who defied the masculine stereotype of being tough, distant workaholics. Changing diapers. Working at home. The world is a very different place nowadays than it was a few decades ago. The last place that many would look for inspiration for modern fatherhood is the Old […]