Author: Ann Spangler, Lois Tverberg
Length: 264 pages
Genre: Christian History//Christian Living
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
As a Christian of the protestant, gentile variety, it was very informative to read this book about Jesus’ Jewish life and what it means for our Christian walk in modern times. This was an excellent study of Jesus’ parables, behaviors, and words and how they would were spoken to the very heart of His Jewish audience. Many gentile Christians today try to unlock the meanings behind some of Jesus’ more complex lessons, but without a proper understanding of the Jewish framework from which his words hail, it is often difficult to understand His full meaning. Spangler and Tverberg conducted countless hours of research in order to bring Our Lord’s parables to life and to ponder the question, “What does this mean for Christians today?”
If you’re a Christian looking to learn about the Hebraic roots of our faith, this is an excellent place to start. Not sure what the Jewish feasts mean for Christians? This book can tell you exactly how Jesus fulfills the meanings behind all the old feasts and even how to celebrate them with a Christian understanding if you’re interested.
I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorite passages was the discussion on the haverot and haverim (essentially, “Study Buddies”) for the Bible. I really love the idea of Christians coming together and celebrating their differences and having passionate discussions about Our Lord and our faith. This book was a great eye-opener on some of Jesus’ more popular parables and their hidden, inner meanings (from the Jewish perspective). The only reason I give it a 4 out of 5 is that I would have liked to have read testimonies and thoughts from other Believers who tried out the practices in the book. I love hearing reader responses, so it would have been fun to hear from more people who tried out the study action items. I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.
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