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 […]
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 […]
For those of you who are traveling to Israel in the near future, here’s some news. Two of my books, Listening to the Language of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus are now printed in Israel and are locally available in Jerusalem. If you are coming to Israel with a group, […]
One prominent image that recurs from Genesis to Revelation is that of living water. In the Middle East, water is scarce and precious, and very much needed for survival.
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 […]
Drumroll… Here are the top 10 articles and posts of 2014 on the OurRabbiJesus.com website: . 1. Mr. Spock’s 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 […]
It’s hard to read very far in your Bible before bumping into shepherds. We find them in parables, psalms and Christmas stories. Many of our biblical heroes (both men and women) herded sheep, like Jacob, Rebecca, Moses and David. And Jesus even pictured the final judgment in shepherding terms — as separating the sheep from […]
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. Psalm 122:6-7 (KJV) Throughout the past several thousand years, Israel has often been the center of international controversy. It seems as if spiritual battles over that land are still triggering events in world […]
If you give talks on biblical subjects and use Powerpoint images like I do, you’ll be happy to hear this news. Todd Bolen recently issued a major update of the Pictorial Library of the Bible Lands, which includes images and maps from Israel, Egypt, Greece and other biblical lands, as well as Jewish culture and […]
By immersing ourselves in the culture, customs, prayers and feasts of first-century Jews, we discover how they shed light on the message and life of Jesus. (Zondervan, 2009)
A look at Jesus’ lifestyle as a first-century Jewish rabbi and how his words would have been understood within the larger framework of first-century Judaism. (En-Gedi, 2006)
An update from Israel, where I’ve been researching my next book.