Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life
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Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life

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In Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg challenges readers to follow their Rabbi more closely by re-examining his words in the light of their Jewish context. Doing so will provide a richer, deeper understanding of his ministry, compelling us to live differently, to become more Christ-like. We ll begin to understand why his first Jewish disciples abandoned ever...more
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Published February 29th 2012 by Zondervan (first published December 7th 2010)
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Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by author Lois Tverberg is the sequel to Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and it is a book that every serious student of the Bible needs to have on their shelf.

There is so much valuable information in this book that opened my eyes to many strange things that Jesus talked about, that it is hard to pin-point just one selection. Tverberg, has done an incredible job of getting into the Jewish mind and interpreting Scripture as Jesus would. Her knowledge of Jewish...more
Marty Solomon
With Tverberg's incredible insight and down-to-earth way of communicating complex subjects, she has nailed another great book on the contextual world of Jesus.

One of the things that I just love about Tverberg's writing is that she is able to bring what I call the 'Jewish Hermeneutic' into a our world and explain it in a way that is so easy to understand, even if you're not used to all of the "lingo" that is often assumed within such conversations. I can confidently recommend this book to any stu...more
Apr 09, 2013 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
There is a lot of fascinating information in this book; it made me want to learn more about Jewish culture and the Old Testament. It is too easy to put Jesus into a 21 Century context and lose out what is being said. However, it is difficult to avoid this without a good understanding of the culture in which he lived. This is a book with so much information that it could bear multiple readings. Tverberg does a great job of emphasizing the richness of the Jewish religious texts and I feel guilty o...more
"Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus" is the best book I've read this year. Author Lois Tverberg does an excellent job of taking her years of study of Judaism and applying it to Jesus. In this book she unveils layers of meaning behind many of Jesus' words. Passages that were once opaque in meaning I can now understand. The brilliance of Jesus is astounding to see...

I've never recommended a book for group study, however I think this book would be an excellent choice for groups choosing to study a...more
This is a must read for anyone who reads and studies the Bible. Looking at the words and meanings of Bible passages from the direction of one living at the time of Jesus and one who heard the words in Hebrew, gives a way better understanding of the message. Having Tverberg as a guest at our Bible study was a real gift and left me with new skills to understand my Bible reading.
I loved this book. It gave so much new insight to me,.
Eye opening!
Harold Cameron
"Examining the words of Rabbi Jesus in the light of their Jewish context will provide a richer, deeper understanding of Jesus' ministry, compelling us to live differently, to become more Christ-like." (From the Zondervan Publishing Company Website).

About the Author: Lois Tverberg, PhD, has been writing and teaching about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past fifteen years. With Ann Spangler she coauthored the bestseller, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. She is also the author of...more
Laura Odom
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It’s the sequel of sorts to a previous book by the same author, "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus", which I loved. The point of both books is to enlighten the reader with things from a historically Jewish perspective, giving new meaning to the text that we “Western-minded” might not have seen or understood before by putting things in the historical context of what it would mean for the Jews during the days of Christ. Frankly, the first book bl...more
Feb 17, 2012 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Christianity, Christ, or Judaism
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This book grew on me as I read it. I think part of that was due to my expectations - it's not meant to be a deep, academic work that addresses all the basic questions of Jesus and the Jewish dimension of His teachings, but an introduction. And it is a very good introductory book.

I haven't read Tverberg's previous book "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus," co-written with Ann Spangler, but this book definitely doesn't require having read the previous volume.

It strikes a good balance between being...more
I feel like I have to write two reviews for this book: one for the non-seminary-trained and a second for the seminary-trained. For the first group, chapters 1 - 4 will probably enlighten you for the first time that the Bible is an "Eastern" book. The Bible was written before Hellenism and Greco-Roman obsession with exactitude and stoicism saturated what would become the "Western" worldview. Truth in the Eastern tradition is more qualitative than quantitative, but no less truth! Chapters 1-4 will...more
Yiska Gallagher
The author's style of writing is fantastic. It's easy to "walk" with her as she unfolds this story. There is also tons of great information from a Hebraic perspective that many Christians are completely unaware. Learning these treasures is very enriching. But... the author is careful to not "rock the boat" too far from mainstream Christianity. For some, this will be a good thing. For me, it's not so good. I have no need of keeping God in a particular frame work of theology. By trying to stifle H...more
"Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus" is structured around a series of word studies that included information on the Jewish cultural understanding of the word (beyond its dictionary meaning). The author also explained how fully understanding these words as the listener of that time would have understood them helps us to better understand the Bible. She discusses frequently used words whose full meanings don't easily translate into English words and our culture's way of thinking.

I've heard some of...more
Tverberg has written a book that any person of faith can read and benefit by. She examines the words of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and then places them in the context of Jesus’ own Jewish faith. Words that as Christians we hear almost daily come alive - and in some cases change meaning significantly - as Tverberg explains how Jesus’ ministry was supported and sustained by his grounding in the Jewish faith. I read with interest every word of this volume. Tverberg's similarly-titled volume, S...more
Kenetha Stanton
Although I don't completely share the same theological viewpoints of this author, I really enjoyed this book. She provides the Jewish context for a number of Jesus's sayings, including the figures of speech, ongoing Jewish conversations, and references to other texts that the Jewish audience hearing his words at the time would have known. By placing these comments back in their original context, the meaning is both enriched and clarified. I found several chapters very thought-provoking and will...more
This is very good and insightful. The author explains various Jewish idioms to help put a more clear perspective on what Jesus said and meant. I also found that as I understand more about how faithful Jews lived the more I re-examine how I live as well as the American church at large. I think we have a long way to go to understand what it means to live a god-centered life. But I am not discouraged rather I am encouraged as I know that God is both faithful and patient. Get the book and read it, y...more
This is the second book in what I hope may become a series. The first title was "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus."
The author takes familiar scenes from the Gospel accounts of Jesus and unpacks the Jewish history and custom around them. She weaves Old and New Testaments together in her explanations, along with rabbinical teaching. The present-day, western reader comes away with a much deeper understanding of the Bible.
What a great book! For years I struggled to understand certain portions of scripture, this book opened the bible up to me by explaining the customs the details of what it was like to live in Israel at the time Jesus did. It took what used to feel hard and condemning and turned it into an understanding and compassionate view of how God sees me. I would encourage anyone to read this book, it is so helpful.
This book works best when explored in a group.I am glad that I had already read the earlier title, "Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus." The two books together forge a powerful connection between the Old and the New Testaments, especially for those more familiar with the New Testament
I love the approach of this book, which is to exam Jesus' teachings in the Jewish context in which He lived. This is a very well-written, thought-provoking book.
Sep 30, 2012 Callie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The 1st section didn't hook me immediately, but the rest of the book left me with lots to think about. Definitely one to read again with a group. Opens up a lot of the teachings of Jesus in a new way as they are discussed in the Jewish context.
Feb 10, 2013 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to David by: Cheri Leigh
read for sunday school. one of the best group study books we've had in years -- looks at teachings of jesus in context of Jewish scripture, culture. Would read her earlier book, "Walking in the footsteps of rabbi Jesus"
Robin Warden
Sequel to Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus...love these authors and their affection for Israel and the Jewishness of Jesus. Good books!
Sandra Henderson
The sequel to Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. An excellent book to help you understand the Jewish roots of Christianity.
Fascinating. My husband and I started reading this at the same time. SHould've bought two copies. :)
Love this author and all her insights into the culture that shapes the teachings of Jesus.
Just started reading it, and excited. This is my Lenten read this year.
Kim Zimmerman
again, learning how to read the bible from the jewish mindset
GarnerGoingsOn Library
Great companion book to Sitting at the Feet of the Rabbi Jesus.
Very, very good ... informative and enlightening.
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Lois Tverberg has been teaching and writing about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past fifteen years. With Ann Spangler she authored the best-seller, "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus will Transform Your Faith." (Zondervan, 2009). The book explores the first-century world of rabbis and disciples, festivals, prayers and the Torah, and how restoring Jesus...more
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