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, 288 pages
$21.99 $17.99

Official release:
January 2, 2018
(* Update, Jan. 12 – See below *)


  The Bible is an Eastern book. We see it through the colored glasses of Western culture. Much is lost. …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 on 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 a 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?

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Reading The Bible with Rabbi Jesus

Table of contents: (with related articles at the links)

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 at the link.)

Update, Jan. 12: Amazon and CBD are out of books, but they are available here.

As of January 2, my book officially became available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Parable, Lifeway and many other online bookstores. Ebook and audio books are available there too.

About 48 hours later, Amazon ran out books. A few days ago, ran out too. That’s great news, in that the book has been so popular that resellers are out of stock. But, I hate to hear that readers are waiting weeks to get a book.

Happily, my office still has stock, and they will ship out within a day. Use the button below, or order in the ORJ bookstore.

Also, the price is now competitive with Amazon. (Their prices fluctuate a little.)



9 Responses to “Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus”

  1. 1
    Janet Wilson|September 10, 2017

    Looking forward very much to this newest publication.

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    Tracy Walker-Maddy|October 24, 2017

    I have pre-ordered your new book and am anxiously waiting for January 2nd. Your previous books have had a significant impact on my personal Biblical understanding and has greatly impacted the way I teach. Thank you so very much for your work. may God continue to bless the work of your hands.

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    Bonnie Roerdink|November 2, 2017

    I have read your previous books which help to draw a person closer to Jesus so I am looking forward to this book. While reading the above book review I noticed 3 errors in grammer. All are above:”the book explores questions like”..Just thought you would like to know.

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    Charlotte|November 3, 2017

    Already preordered Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. Looking forward to another great read. Your books and website are great resources. I would like to join the book launch group you mentioned in your last email. Thank you for sharing these great insights.

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    Ann Williams|November 4, 2017

    I have ordered Your new book. I have several of your books and I really enjoy reading them. II have told others about your books.


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    Jacklyn McClamb|November 12, 2017

    Hi Lois. Looking forward to another great book reading with my women’s group. Your book has given me a greater insight from an Eastern perspective of understanding the Bible. Thank you so much for such great resources. May God continue to bless your mind and heart.

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    Elizabeth|February 19, 2018

    Read your recent book and loved it so much that I ordered ten copies for a Bible study I teach. Thank you for all your books. I had originally thought I would ask to xerox a chapter (10), but then I read more and realized I wanted to copy too many chapters to ask for permission…hence the purchase. What a great joy to be able to share the book. Again, thank you for your research and writing.

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    Jennifer Hinssen|February 22, 2018


    I got the email about promoting your book – I checked the catalog of the public library system I work for and discovered that they do not have any of your books. We provide service to 220,000 people in the capitol area of PA. Would there be any copies of your books that you could donate to our library? I am sure the readers would then happily spread the word! Contact me and I can get us connected!

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    Lois Tverberg|February 23, 2018

    Jennifer – Thanks for your enthusiasm for getting the word out! I think the thing to do is to submit a request for the book to the library, to ask them to acquire it. They have a budget for that, but authors do not.

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