Understanding Jesus: Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ
Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ's life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, author Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographic...more
The author quoted large sections of Scripture before explaining the cultural insight he'd gained into those verses. This ...more
I kept thinking it would be cool if this book, or even a more indepth future one had a study guide.
I found the explanation of the feasts to be fascinating and how Jesus and John the Baptist fulfilled the feasts. I'm not sure that the author made a case ...more
as fascinating and insightful a read from Canadian Joe Amaral as he is to hear in person.
i gained much by reading of what would have been commonly known phrases and idioms of speech from the time of Christ's teachings. excellent information on distinct cultural traditions and how they play into the meaning of scripture's metaphors. easy to read and enjoyab ...more
The book did give insight into the way things were in
Jesus's time. When reading the book it helped me to
understand the way life was in Jesus's time here on
earth. I passed the book to my girlfriend and she is
not a reader, but she couldn't put the book down. She passed
it to another friend and we have had numerous discussions.
We percieved things to mean one thing but in Jesus time it meant
The book gave us a spark for lea ...more
I could never understand the idea that faith the size of a mustard seed could move a mountain or why Christ would not allow a man to bury his father. Mr. Amaral's insights into the customs of the day explained the real meaning of what was happening.