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We've Found the Emmaus Road and It's Crumbling

We’ve Found the Emmaus Road and It’s Crumbling

Have you ever wished you could have been nearby when Jesus explained the Scriptures to the disciples on the Emmaus Road in Luke 24? Wouldn’t it be great to just see where this road was? Believe it or not, scholars have known its location for decades now. The remains of the Roman road are visible […]

Come Help Excavate Bethsaida this Summer

Come Help Excavate Bethsaida this Summer

Have you ever dreamed of being an archaeologist? You’ll be interested in the project at the likely site of Bethsaida. This is the village near where Jesus fed the five thousand (Luke 9:12-17), and where three disciples called home (John 1:43). . . If you’ve toured the land, you may have visited a site that […]

Considering the Context - A Talk I Gave

Considering the Context – A Talk I Gave

Below is a talk I gave at the morning service at Cornerstone Church in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts a few months ago. I introduced people to my interest in Jesus’ cultural context and then shared a Hebrew idiom that unlocks part of the Sermon on the Mount. Then I spoke about what it meant to be […]

Narkis Conference, Jerusalem (Links Updated)

Narkis Conference, Jerusalem (Links Updated)

About a month ago I spoke at a conference at Narkis Church in Jerusalem. I posted a link to my talk called Jesus’ Bold Messianic Claims on an earlier blog, but many of the talks there will be of interest to those who like to learn about Christianity in its historical, Judaic context. The entire […]

Test Your "Jesus Theories" in the Book of Acts

Test Your “Jesus Theories” in the Book of Acts

There’s no end, it seems, to how people can interpret the words of Jesus. It’s not hard to pluck out a line here and there and read it in some strange new way. How can we know how they actually sounded to his original audience? I’ve discovered that a great place to look for answers […]

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 […]

What does "Christ" actually mean?

What does “Christ” actually mean?

What does it mean to speak of Jesus as the “Christ”? This word is one of the most important, basic words in a Christian’s vocabulary. But it isn’t until you dig into the Bible’s ancient context that you that see its surprising imagery and some of its most important implications. First of all, the word […]

Many Ways to Repaint Jesus

Many Ways to Repaint Jesus

(As I was writing my latest book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, I found an endless amount of fascinating material that I just couldn’t include. This blog is the perfect place to share some of the extras. In coming months I’ll post more. See this link to read chapters 1-3 for free.) Walking […]