Next Book Done! Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

Shalom friends –

I’m happy to say that after three years of work, I finished the manuscript for my next book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. Yay!

It will be released by Baker Publishing in early 2018, so we still have a bit of a wait. Between now and then I’ll share some sneak previews and interesting material that didn’t get into the book.

The book’s aim is to equip the average Christian to read the Bible more like a first-century disciple. As I worked on it I asked 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 can I give readers to read the Bible more as a native?

The book is in three sections:

I. Repacking My Mental Bags – about the cultural divide between our world and the Bible

II. How the Bible Thinks – big-picture background ideas that you need to understand

III. Reading About the Messiah – Jesus’ claims in light of his Jewish way of reading Scripture

As I’ve been researching I’ve been posting articles on this blog. Here are some I’ve posted in the past on themes that you’ll see in the book:

Repacking our bags:

Reading the Bible from a WEIRD Perspective
Speaking is Painting: Why No Translation Can be “Perfect”
Why the Daniel Plan Might Make You Fat

How the Bible “thinks”:

Family is Key to the “Plot” of the Bible
Why Does Your Creed Have Cows in It?
In the West, Man is Big and God is Far Away

About the Messiah:

Jesus’ Messianic Claims: Very Subtle, Very Jewish
A Surprising Idea in Isaiah 53
The Messianic King…Your Thoughts?

These articles should get you started on reading. I will also be posting other interesting things I found in my research…and there was a lot. So the time should pass quickly!




6 Responses to “Next Book Done! Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus”

  1. 1
    Doug Ward|March 10, 2017

    That’s great news! Congratulations!

  2. 2
    Janet from FL|March 13, 2017

    Awesome! I will be looking for it next year. I have so enjoyed the first 2 books in the series!

  3. 3
    Bev|March 14, 2017

    I can’t wait!

  4. 4
    Laura Hagemann|March 17, 2017

    In my awakening to faith and spirituality, blessed by our Lord and Master for starting my discipleship and bringing me to these books. Having grown up in a household with a heavy Jewish influence, but a Christian belief system, these books have brought me so much clarity. Please continue writing and inspiring – looking so forward to the next one in 2018! Thank you for sharing!

  5. 5
    Lora Young|March 25, 2017

    I can’t wait for this book!

  6. 6
    Lubasha|April 1, 2017

    Dear Lois, i am so excited to hear this new!!!
    i bought your other books here in Australia and read and reread them and given them to my friends, for my life has changed since i started seeing the words of God in their proper meaning. Wonderful, cant wait to read. Hugs and may you be blessed to keep on writing.

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