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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 […]

Interviews with Lois Tverberg about Rabbi Jesus

Interviews with Lois Tverberg about Rabbi Jesus

You don’t get to see me speak very often online, but here are a couple opportunities. I was interviewed on the television program Jewish Voice Today a while back about my book Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan, 2012). You can watch that below. (Click the “Read More” link or title if you […]

Top 10 Articles of 2013

Top 10 Articles of 2013

Here they are! The top ten new articles of 2013 on Our Rabbi Jesus… 10. The Reality of Disciples and Rabbis – How did discipleship work in the first century? A look at the system of rabbinic education as Jesus knew it. 9. Be a Bridge, Not an Island – Many Christians who discover their […]

Rabbinic Wisdom for Christmas Consumerism

Rabbinic Wisdom for Christmas Consumerism

Right now many of us are doing our Christmas shopping, and it is easy to focus on new things we wish we could have. We live in a consumer culture that revolves around having more “stuff.” Our status is based on money, and we are expected to dedicate all our time to achieving financial success. […]

Why the Daniel Plan Might Make you Fat (Updated 12/16)

Why the Daniel Plan Might Make you Fat (Updated 12/16)

Have you seen the news for the latest breakthrough weight-loss program, The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren? It’s a 40-day plan (like his other books) to help individuals and church groups take off the flab and get in shape. Like other Bible-based diet plans, it’s built on the story in the first chapter in Daniel. […]

Wow, I met the Swedish Jesus Today...

Wow, I met the Swedish Jesus Today…

If you’ve ever heard me speak, you know that I usually start with the famous painting by Warner Sallman of called “The Head of Christ” that has hung in my family’s home since the 1950′s. As much as I’ve loved this image of Jesus, I joke around about the fact that with his blue eyes […]

Speaking this Fall in Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut & Minnesota

Speaking this Fall in Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut & Minnesota

I just updated my calendar with my speaking plans for the final months of 2013, and I hope you can join me. I’ll be speaking in… Muskegon, Michigan: A day-seminar at Forest Park Church on Saturday, October 19 Dayton, Ohio: Haverim School seminar for the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies on Saturday, November 2 Uncasville, Connecticut: […]

The Reality of Disciples and Rabbis

The Reality of Disciples and Rabbis

I recently was asked about how disciples studied with rabbis. What age were disciples, and did they pay the rabbi a fee to study? How did they support themselves at the same time? Did the rabbis work at some craft to support themselves? (They were not like rabbis of today, which like pastors are to […]

Clickable Resource Guide for Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

Clickable Resource Guide for Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

For all those of you who are reading Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, below is a clickable guide to the recommended resources for the book. (Books not on this site will link to Amazon or the author’s site.) Bailey, Kenneth E. Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Combined edition) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, […]

The Gospels in First Century Judea - Conference Aug 29, 2013

The Gospels in First Century Judea – Conference Aug 29, 2013

Update: A few months ago I told you about the program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at Nyack College in New York City.  I mentioned that they will be hosting an Inaugural Conference on August 29, 2013. The conference, entitled “The Gospels in First Century Judea” looks very good. Some outstanding Christian and Jewish […]