Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus


Reading the Bible
with Rabbi Jesus

How a Jewish Perspective
Can Transform Your Understanding

by Lois Tverberg
© Baker Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 0801017155

Hard Cover: $21.99


Book store release date: January 2, 2018

Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

Already available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CBD and elsewhere. Stay tuned for my announcement that signed copies are available through the ORJ bookstore.


The Bible is an Eastern book. We see it through the colored glasses of Western culture. Much is lost. We miss the subtleties of humor and many of the underlying assumptions…. What lies between the lines, what is felt and not spoken, is of deepest significance.
(From “The Cross and the Prodigal,” by Kenneth Bailey)

What would it be like to for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge?

Vast treasures await those who are willing to learn how to read the Bible through the eyes of Jesus’ first-century Jewish disciples. Combining careful research with engaging prose, Lois Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other.

Tverberg highlights cultural ideas that are lost modern Westerners, allowing us to read the Bible through the eyes of its original audience. She explores how Jesus preached and made bold claims to be the promised Messiah in very Jewish way. By helping readers grasp the perspective of Jesus’ first listeners, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will deepen their understanding and enrich their lives.

The book explores questions like:

• What cultural differences get in the way for us in the modern, Western world?
• How does a lack of grasp of Jesus’ Jewishness cause us to misunderstand his words?
• How can we read the Bible more Hebraically?
• What tools do we need to read the Bible more as a native?

Chapter overview (with related articles at the links)


Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

1. Opening the Bible with Jesus


I. Repacking My Mental Bags
      Tools for the Journey

2. Learning to Be There
3. What does “Christ” Mean, Anyway?
4. Painting in Hebrew


II. How the Bible Thinks
Big Picture Ideas That You Need to Understand

5. Greek Brain, Hebrew Brain
6. Why Jesus Needs Those Boring Begats
7. Reading the Bible as a “We”
8. Like Grasshoppers in Our Own Eyes


III. Reading About the Messiah
Seeing Him Through Hebrew Eyes

9. Memory Is Critical
10. Moses and the Prophets Have Spoken
11. Reading in the Third Dimension
12. Jesus’ Bold Messianic Claims
13. When the Words Catch Fire



A. Books of the Tanakh
B. Thirty Useful Hebrew Words for Bible Study
C. Bible Translations for Word Study



“In her delightful style, Lois Tverberg engagingly leads us across cultures to begin to envision a different worldview, a worldview more consistent with the world of most of Scripture. In so doing, she brings alive texts of Scripture from the inside.”

Craig S. Keener, Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary; Coauthor, NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

(Read more reviews on this page.)


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One Response to “Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus”

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    Janet Wilson|September 10, 2017

    Looking forward very much to this newest publication.

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