In Walter Ong’s classic book Orality and Literacy, he shares a fascinating theory about why our modern Western culture thinks so differently than the way the Bible does. Eastern thinking, like what you find in the Old Testament, is very concrete and image-oriented, and it uses stories and parables to explain rather than abstract logic. […]
How Jewish ethics deals with smoking can teach us about following Christ.
Is it appropriate to call Jesus “rabbi”? Or did he reject the title? A look at how the word was used in the first century.
How much can we really know about the Jewishness of Jesus? 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 in my recent reading, and wanted to share it here. A common approach to studying Jesus is to use […]
What our eyesight can teach us about having a biblical perspective.
During the Advent season, I’m reconsidered the harsh reality that Jesus entered two thousand years ago.
Right now, a hot topic in the news is the effort of many to be “green.” Because of the rising price of oil and the discussion about global warming, many people are trying to “reduce their carbon footprint.” Others may just be rolling their eyes at another over-hyped trend, and skeptical about the whole thing. […]
A rabbi from Jesus’ time pointed out that we can learn a good lesson from Abraham from how he lavished hospitality on strangers.
Modern readers miss the scandalous background of Ruth – that she was a Moabitess, who were known for their sexual immorality. You need to listen to this story with ancient ears to appreciate how she’s redeemed.