Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus – for JC Studies Haverim


Walking in the Dust
of Rabbi Jesus

How the Jewish Words of Jesus
Can Change Your Life


by Lois Tverberg
© Zondervan, 2012
ISBN: 0310284208
Price: ($18.99 List) $13.99

(Preview the first 3 chapters at this link)

($11.99 – JC Studies Haverim Special)

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

You may have read my earlier book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. There, Ann Spangler and I explored Jesus’ first-century world of rabbis and disciples, festivals, prayers and the Torah, and ask how Jesus’ cultural setting sheds light on his mission and ministry.

In Walking, I ask what are the implications of Jesus’ Jewish context for how we live as his disciples? Among other things, I explain

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

• How viewing Jesus within Middle Eastern culture can enliven his parables in surprising new ways

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

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

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