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Be a Bridge, Not an Island

Be a Bridge, Not an Island

If you’re a Christian who is learning about their Jewish roots, you’ll quickly enter a world that has an entirely new vocabulary of Hebrew names and biblical phrases, etc. Why don’t you hear me use it? I share my reasoning here.

The Meaning of Life, According to Jesus

The Meaning of Life, According to Jesus

Here’s a little experiment for you. Right now, make yourself smile. Look in the mirror. Are you really, genuinely smiling? Or is it a little forced? Okay, now make yourself laugh. Did you fill the room with hearty guffawing? Or did you find it quite difficult? Okay, now make yourself happy. Are you truly brimming […]

Can We Use Jewish Sources to Study Jesus?

Can We Use Jewish Sources to Study Jesus?

How much can we really learn about the Jewishness of Jesus from Jewish sources? That’s a pretty fundamental question, since the goal of this website is to understand the Jewish background of Christianity. I’ve found some pretty important news about it, and wanted to share it here. A common approach to studying Jesus is to […]

Abortion: What the Early Church Said

Abortion: What the Early Church Said

The woman in this picture is explaining how she ended her newborn daughter’s life. Believe it or not, she’s actually done this to eight of her children, all girls. In her village in India, it is common practice. You can read more of her tragic story on this blog, “The Three Deadliest Words in the […]

A Christian's Favorite Jewish Books on the Bible

A Christian’s Favorite Jewish Books on the Bible

Last week the yearly Torah study began again. The scrolls have been rewound from Deuteronomy back to Genesis, and once again, Jews will ruminate over Adam and Eden and Abel. Week by week over thousands of years, they’ve engaged in the study of the Pentateuch together. Often I’m asked what my favorite resources are for […]

Great Books for Learning to Walk Like Rabbi Jesus

Great Books for Learning to Walk Like Rabbi Jesus

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called “Good First Reads About Jesus’ Jewish Context” which shared what I’d give to people who are just beginning to learn about Hebraic studies. Many of you wonder what else I recommend. You’d think that the next books I’d suggest would be more history. But discipleship is […]

Good First Reads about Jesus' Jewish Context

Good First Reads about Jesus’ Jewish Context

Many ask me what the first books I’d recommend are to read if you want to learn about Jesus and the Bible in their Hebraic context. Below I’ve shared a short list of where to start. One thing I always tell people is that before they start studying, they need to have a firm grasp […]

Discovering the Jewishness of Our Faith

Discovering the Jewishness of Our Faith

Below is an interview I did recently with Sam Hailes of Christian.co.uk about Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus. See the original at this link. (I’ve tweaked a few lines of my own below, just for clarity.)   Discovering the Jewishness of Our Faith When Lois Tverberg first heard about a seminar at her […]

Covered in the Dust of Your Rabbi: An Urban Legend?

Covered in the Dust of Your Rabbi: An Urban Legend?

Some months ago, pastor-blogger Trevin Wax posted an article called “Urban Legends: The Preacher’s Edition.” There he lists several “urban legends” that he’s heard floating around lately in sermons. Like Internet rumors that people forward on ad infinitum, these preaching illustrations don’t have much grounding in fact. One potential fallacy on his list caught my […]