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Next Book Done! Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

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 […]

New Resource: The Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

New Resource: The Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

People often ask me where they can find a Bible that includes the cultural background that I write about, so I wanted to mention a brand new resource that is excellent: the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2016). The commentary was edited by two evangelical scholars who are well-known for their expertise on historical […]

Come Think Hebraically with Me in Dayton, October 15

Come Think Hebraically with Me in Dayton, October 15

I hope you can join me for a brand new seminar based on my upcoming book on October 15, 2016 in Beavercreek, Ohio (near Dayton.) The workshop will be part of the Feast of Tabernacle weekend event hosted by the Church of Messiah on October 14-15. I’ll be giving three talks from 9 AM to […]

Podcast Interview on the "The Dust Cast"

Podcast Interview on the “The Dust Cast”

I was recently interviewed on a podcast called “The Dust Cast: Exploring the Ancient Hebraic Context of the Bible.” I had a great conversation with the host, Jason Mahler, about the current book I’m working on, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus, as well as some questions from earlier books. We talked about the “two […]

Narkis Conference, Jerusalem - Highlights

Narkis Conference, Jerusalem – Highlights

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 […]

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‚Äôs 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Shema and the First Commandment

The Shema and the First Commandment

Years ago I used to scratch my head at Jesus’ response to the question “What is the greatest commandment?” in Mark 12:28. Why does he start with the line “Hear O Israel, the Lord is Your God, the Lord alone” before stating the command: “Love the Lord your God…”? Why state a fact before giving […]