Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus


Walking in the Dust
of Rabbi Jesus

How the Jewish Words of Jesus
Can Change Your Life


by Lois Tverberg
© Zondervan, 2012
ISBN: 0310284208

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In Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, I look at some of Jesus’ words and consider how hearing them in their Jewish context can yield wisdom for today. I contemplate some Hebraic ideas that deepen our understanding of Jesus’ words and yield fresh insight for following him today. Among other things, I explain

• How knowing Jewish idioms can help us better grasp what Jesus was saying

• How Jesus’ Middle Eastern culture sheds light on his parables, enlivening them in surprising ways

• How the Jewish world of Jesus can teach us how to pray with chutzpah or think with both hands

In my earlier book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Ann Spangler and I explored Jesus’ first-century Jewish world of rabbis and disciples, festivals, prayers and the Torah, and asked how Jesus’ setting sheds light on his ministry. In Walking, I ask what the implications of Jesus’ Jewish context are for how we live as his disciples.

By understanding the religious and cultural atmosphere in which Jesus lived and taught, we’ll begin to see why his first disciples abandoned everything to follow him. We’ll also look at the meaning within key Hebrew words that make Bible reading richer and deeper.

Come eavesdrop with me on the conversations among the rabbis of Jesus’ time. Learn how hearing Rabbi Jesus with the ears of a first-century disciple can yield practical insights that bring new depth to your spiritual life.

Here’s the chapter outline. I’ve linked the titles that have excerpts on this blog.


Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

Foreword – Ray Vander Laan

I. Hearing Our Rabbi’s Words With New Ears

1. Brushing Away the Dust of the Ages
2. Shema: Living Out What You Hear
3. Loving God with Everything You’ve Got
4. Meeting Myself Next Door

II: Living Out the Words of Rabbi Jesus

5. Gaining a Good Eye
6. The Mystery of the Name
7. How to Have a Kosher Mouth
8. Taking My Thumb Off the Scale
9. Praying with Chutzpah
10. Thinking with Both Hands

III. Studying the Word with Rabbi Jesus

11. The Treasure in the Text
12. The Secrets that God Keeps
13. Our Longing Father
14. God’s Image Stamped in Dust

Afterword – Ann Spangler

Read the latest book reviews here. (Pre-release reviews are on this page.) Here’s an online guide to the recommended resources in the back of the book, for your convenience.

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Finally, here’s an interview I did on Jewish Voice Today about the book.



29 Responses to “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus”

  1. 1
    Teri Jensen|August 31, 2011

    I can’t wait until it comes out!

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    Grace Sharon|September 1, 2011

    I can’t wait but I guess I have to.

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    Lois Tverberg|September 1, 2011

    Thanks to both of you, Grace and Teri.

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    Doug Ward|September 9, 2011


    Will you be able to come down to Dayton for Sukkot this year?

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    Karen Golden|September 19, 2011

    Yea!!! Can’t wait to share the great news with the book club. Looks like we have found our winter read for 2012!

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    Lois Tverberg|September 22, 2011

    Thanks, Karen. I look forward to talking to your group again. Doug, I won’t be there for Sukkot but I’ll be speaking in Dayton on November 12. I’ll see you then. Lois

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    Kurt Willems|October 4, 2011

    Lois, I’m so excited for you and for this book!

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    Bryan Berry|October 7, 2011

    Lois, I purchased Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus on the Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having said that I am excited to read your next installment! On a side note, one of the things I enjoyed was the appendix of resources (books, video, internet, etc.) listed in the back of Sitting at the Feet..

    While I have perused and used some of the resources listed, beginning on this initiative of learning can be somewhat overwhelming with all that is available. So in light of that I wanted to see what your thoughts are on the essential things to start with? Any books specifically or teachings series? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Lois Tverberg|November 2, 2011

    Bryan, here are some of my first next books to recommend (links go to Amazon, for more info and ordering.)
    Marvin Wilson’s Our Father Abraham
    David Bivin’s New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus
    Athol Dickson’s The Gospel According to Moses
    Brad Young’s Jesus the Jewish Theologian

    (You may also like my earlier book, Listening to the Language of the Bible.)

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    Michael Tucker|February 12, 2012

    Hi Lois, you will probably not remember me but I was one of the two Aussies that joined the group you and Bruce put together in 2004 to study in Israel with Wink and Steve. Since then I have devoted myself to a lot of study with respect to understanding how the words of the Bible were originally understood so that I can apply them better to my life today. Your recent books have been some of the resources I have used, thankyou. How can I get a copy of your new book? I notice that it is being shipped only in the US at present.


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    Patricia Conley|February 14, 2012

    So happy this book is FINALLY here! Been waiting on it since I read your first one……thank you so much…the book has added tremendously to my perspective of my sweet sweet Savior so much!

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    Annie Rodriguez|March 4, 2012

    Hi Lois,
    Thank you for “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus” – reading your book is truly a wonderful experience.

    When can we expect “Walking in the Dust” here in the Philippines? I can’t wait to get my copy.

    God bless you mightily.

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    Terries Nkosi|March 6, 2012

    Lois, you’re one of our mordern blessings that helps us to live the Torah as The Rabbi’s haverim! Keep releasing the glory within you. You are blessed and a true blessing!

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    Terries Nkosi|March 6, 2012

    We enjoy your writing immensely.We’re are anxiously waiting for you to make the book available outside the US too…especially here in South Africa!

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    Lois Tverberg|March 7, 2012

    Thanks everyone. Michael and Annie, I’m asking Zondervan about when an international edition will be available.

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    Rena|March 15, 2012

    I purchased 4 of the books for a study group and was wondering is there a study guide to go with the Books? We are all excited to study the book. Thank you

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    Lois Tverberg|March 16, 2012

    Thanks for your question. The study guide is included in the book, at the end of each chapter. Happy reading!

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    Justin Bouma|March 23, 2012

    We have been reading this book as a guidance in our journey in Discipleship for a class I am studying in high school. The book is great at expanding a students knowledge of a more eastern way of thinking instead of the typical western thinker. It has helped me grow in the understanding of Jesus and how he taught but also why he taught that way. A great book and an awesome read.

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    Gail van der Vyver|March 31, 2012

    Hello Lois

    Thank you so very much for my signed copy of “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus”. I received it on Friday, and can’t wait to begin reading it.

    Thanks again and may you be truly blessed for opening up Jesus’ world for me…. have always had a dream to be able to tour the Holy Land but will never be able to afford it, so this book is a wonderful blessing.

    Much love and keep up the good work.

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    Gail van der Vyver|March 31, 2012

    Just realized I have an International Copy of your Book……WOW!!!

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    Nancy Harmon|April 1, 2012

    After reading what it means to “hear”, I had new insight on the meaning of 1John 5:14. If we know that God hears us when we ask in His will, we know also that we have what we have asked for. As God hears He acts. He dosen’t ask any less of us.

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    Lois Tverberg|April 25, 2012

    Thanks everyone, once again. Gail, I should just say, you have a copy of the hard cover book published in the States.

    One thought for international readers: Bookdepository.com (out of the UK) will ship books anywhere in the world for free, and they have very good prices. I don’t know how they do it. Here is the link to order Walking in the Dust from their site:


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    Helen F. Zachry|January 7, 2013

    Is there a discussion guide for Walking in the Dust….?
    I am using it for a winter/spring Bible study beginning February 5. We really enjoyed the guide for Sitting at the Feet….

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    Lois Tverberg|January 8, 2013

    Walking in the Dust has the study/discussion questions at the end of each chapter in the book already. I hope you enjoy your study.

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    Buddy|May 24, 2015

    My only concern is knowing by history His name never could have been jesus. Search it for yourself. I share not of contention or argument but out of search for truth

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    Randy Loescher|October 22, 2015

    Just finished chapter 9 of this book today, a chapter on praying with “chutzpah.” Lois Tverberg provides some great new insights for familiar teachings of Jesus. After providing some helpful historical, linguistic and literary context information, she offers VERY relevant practical applications of these familiar passages in ways you may not have considered before. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus has added value to my understanding of Jesus’ teachings. And, the book has challenged me towards spiritual growth in important areas. I still have about six more chapters to listen to (purchased the book on Audible.com), but at this point, I am loving it! (I posted this on FB today!) 🙂

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    Jane Glen|March 28, 2016

    I have recently read Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus and loved it. I am now considering it for a small group study that I teach. There are questions at the end of each chapter which I plan to utilize. Will there be any other leader’s guide available? I do know that I am not very well-informed in this area and hope to do further reading. I have read Walking in the Steps of Rabbi Jesus and ordered Jesus the Jewish Theologian to read. Are there any other specific books that might be helpful? Enjoy your writing very much.

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    Dave Lindsay|May 28, 2017


    I am reading Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus. Footnote 15 of Chapter 3 says there is an audio file of the Shema on your web site. I can not find it and the web search doesn’t locate it either. Can you clarify ?

    Thanks – Dave

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    Lois Tverberg|June 6, 2017

    Dave, thanks for the reminder! I forgot about it, but here’s a link to a really nice version.


    The singers are students at Western Theological Seminary (in my town) who also include a sign language interpretation. They are singing Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and then at the end they add Leviticus 19:18, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”