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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 […]

Sneak Preview of My Upcoming Ebook

Sneak Preview of My Upcoming Ebook

You haven’t heard much from me lately, and it’s because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on something new. It’s an ebook! This is my first venture in this new medium. It’s called… drumroll…   5 Hebrew Words that Every Christian Should Know A Bite-Sized Bible Study   This is an introductory word study of […]

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus - now in Dutch

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus – now in Dutch

I’m excited to share the news – my book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan, 2012) is now available in Dutch! If you want to download a free pdf preview of Wandelen in het Stof van Rabbi Jezus, use this link. You can order the book at this link. The Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij […]

Fear vs. Awe - Quote from Abraham Heschel

Fear vs. Awe – Quote from Abraham Heschel

Recently I posted an article called, “Does God Want Us to Fear Him?” It was about the fact that the Hebrew word that we translate as “fear,” also means “awe” and “reverence.” Just now I picked up Rabbi Abraham Heschel’s classic book God in Search of Man and read a magnificent quote from him on […]

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Next week we’ll be beginning Lent, which looks forward to the Passover/Resurrection Day. Passover, of course, is the celebration of God’s redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt. I think I’ve found the perfect activity for the season–making mudbricks like the ancient Israelites did in Egypt! Today Biblical Archaeology Review gave instructions on how to […]