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 a disciple in the first century, and how this informs how we should follow Christ today.

For more about inviting me to speak see this page.


5 Responses to “Considering the Context – A Talk I Gave”

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    John Golden|October 3, 2016

    Good talk, Lois! Characteristic humor and deep peeling back of scripture.

    Karen and I were at an interesting conference this weekend (Why Christian? 2016) and we thought one of the speakers had a lot of interesting connections to your work, though coming from a different angle. Onleilove Alston. Her church is a Hebraic community.

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    Jim MacGregor|October 4, 2016

    I enjoyed the talk.
    Just in case you hadn’t seen (which I doubt) these references – –

    The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Marc Zvi Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine, ed. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011) p. 36.

    Matthew George Easton, “Eye”, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, Accessed October 4, 2016,

    There is an interesting discussion of eyes at C. G. Montefiore, A Tentative Catalogue of Biblical Metaphors, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Jul., 1891), pp. 623-681. (

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    Alison|October 5, 2016

    Thank you. Your work has blessed me and deepened my love for RBbi Jesus for many years since my kids bought me your books.

    Now I have ‘seen’ you I Him shining in you and it rubs off just as you are suggesting.

    Every blessing

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    Rose Margareth|November 4, 2016

    From here in East Africa, my love for the texts has grown by leaps and bounds after listening to you and reading your articles.
    It is uplifting when one reads and sees how things fit better together when things are put in context.
    Am in the same situation you are…beginning with science (an MD) but the scriptures truly fascinate me more now, that you have managed to ignite and capture my interest.
    These are exciting times where more and more insights are turning up with each new day.

    Peace and blessings!

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    Shayndel|February 1, 2017

    Amen! I enjoyed hearing your talk and its great to hear your sharing about the cultural context of our LORD!!
    Shalom and blessings from Japan!

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