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Celebrating my Return to the En-Gedi Resource Center

Celebrating my Return to the En-Gedi Resource Center

I have some happy news which long time friends and readers will especially appreciate. I was asked to take charge of the En-Gedi Resource Center, the ministry that I co-founded with Bruce Okkema back in 2001. En-Gedi is the name of a gorgeous oasis in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea. Springs gush out […]

Supporting Lois as an Author

Supporting Lois as an Author

Not long ago I got a lovely note from a reader with a question I had never been asked before. “Lois, I want to support your writing ministry. How best can I do that? Could I order your books in Christian book stores or should I go to your website, or to Amazon? How can […]

Would Jesus have Recognized "Live Long and Prosper"?

Would Jesus have Recognized “Live Long and Prosper”?

Even if you didn’t watch Star Trek, you probably know what Mr. Spock’s Vulcan greeting, “Live Long and Prosper” looks like. If you were a die-hard fan (like me) you might have heard that Leonard Nimoy was Jewish and invented it based on his recollection of synagogue services as a child. It’s traditional for the […]

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus - Your Thoughts?

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus – Your Thoughts?

Dear readers, Right now I’m working on my next book, called Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. My goal is to help Christians think more like first-century disciples, and equip them to study their Bibles more effectively. I wanted to throw a question out to you, knowing that some readers have just started learning about […]

A Seriously Great New Book

A Seriously Great New Book

I don’t write many book reviews, but I wanted to share a new book that I’m really enjoying. It’s Seriously Dangerous Religion, (Baylor, 2014) by Iain Provan, Old Testament professor at Regent College. The subtitle is “What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters.” In it he traces out the biblical story as […]

Top 10 Articles of 2014 at OurRabbiJesus.com

Top 10 Articles of 2014 at OurRabbiJesus.com

Drumroll… Here are the top 10 articles and posts of 2014 on the OurRabbiJesus.com website: . 1. Mr. Spock’s God: The Mistake of Western Theology The idea that emotions are irrational and unnatural arose from Greco-Roman philosophy. Many of our problems with God come from this unbiblical idea. 2. Does God Want Us to Fear […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]