What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus’ ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.
You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith.
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith.
By looking at the Jewishness of Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg take you on a captivating journey into the heart of Judaism, one that is both balanced and insightful, helping you to better understand and appreciate your own faith.
©2009 Ann Spangler (P)2010 Zondervan
This book's feel is reminiscient of a casual afternoon garden stroll; never hurried, gently paced & free from overly-complicated issues. For the most part, it is straight-forward in its analysis & historical context, providing background & context for its claims. 60% of the book falls into this category & it is done well. Although I would've preferred more in-depth analysis & evidence, the authors did not attempt to push the topics beyond their means.
The authors repeatedly interject their own opinions on ways to put their analysis & conclusions into action, much like a daily devotional, when the majority of the book does not lean that way. It feels awkward & forced at times, often making me cringe & zone out until it's over. The narrator is also hit-or-miss, never truly pulling you into the narration, nor doing enough to push you away. If this was an actual book, skipping these sections would make the read much more enjoyable.
This books is full of fascinating & enlightening information concerning the ministry & meanings beyond Jesus' teachings. If you stick to these moments & focus on the positives, then the book is highly recommended. Regardless, I must recommend this book, if for no other reason than to help others grow in their faith & understanding of the Lord's Truth.
I hope this review has been helpful & the book offers some new insight for new listeners.
This story brought to light many things that a Rabbi in Jesus day would do and use to teach others the truth of God. My favorite was the use of a Hebrew Scripture that was well known to the followers, we see an answer that Jesus gives to a question given Him, but the people he was talking to at the time would hear his answer as the start of a scripture (from the Hebrew Scriptures) and would interpret His answer by the rest of the scripture that He started. Wow, that really changes the interpretation of what Jesus meant when he answered! If this short description doesn't make sense, read(or listen) to the book and it will become crystal clear.
Tune in to Rabbi Jesus by reading or listening to this great explanation of learning from a Rabbi in Jesus time!
There have been a few books in my walk with God that have been life changing. The Bible of course, is first. "The Barbarian Way", "The Way of the Wild at Heart", "Waking the Dead" and now "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus". I am grateful to have discovered this book, by God's sovereign hand, I am sure. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand not just Jesus' words but also better understand the cultural context in which they were delivered to His original hearers.
If you wish to walk closer to God this will start you in that direction. I am a senior citizen who has been a christian for as long as I can remember. I attend a Hebraic Christian Congregation where we observe the Jewish Feasts and study the Torah as well as the Bible. If you want to understand the New Testament (Covenant) you need to study the Old Testament (Covenant). God's word is is true from start to finish.
This book helps you understand in a whole new light. I hope you are blessed as much as I have been.
Are there ever enough Christian books? Children's books? Christian children's books with peace radiating from narrators' voices? NEVER!
Would, have, and will! This is a book I read at least once a year, just to shore up some of my Bible study methods. Lois Tverberg provides in-depth descriptions of the teaching, study techniques, and culture of Jesus' day; learning these things truly lays the groundwork for powerful concepts when one reads God's Word--both Old and New Testament. I've always loved the Hebrew Scriptures, but I saw them in an entirely new light--a beautiful, holy, Spirit-filled light--once I read how Jesus and His disciples would have interpreted passages that I merely skimmed before.
More than most mainstream or typical devotionals/theological books, this one drew me immediately and deeply into the presence of God--every chapter. So, I'd say that the heart behind Tverberg's message is what I found most compelling.
I'm not a native Hebrew speaker, but this narrator certainly brings authentic-sounding Hebrew pronunciations to the text where appropriate. She seems passionate about the book, which only adds to the joy I took in reading it. However, her reading isn't overly dramatic; the gentle peace with which she reads mirrors the quiet, awe-filled content of the book itself.
I have been in tears throughout most of this reading, every time I've read it... And so filled with a knowledge of the awesomeness and love of Jesus!
For over thirteen years, I've sifted through literally hundreds of theological books, devotionals, Bible studies of specific books and/or geared toward certain demographics, etc. In all that time, I have found only two works--besides the Bible, of course!--that I consistently recommend to people seeking a closer walk with God and which merit multiple readings. SITTING AT THE FEET OF RABBI JESUS is one of these; for comparison, A. W. Tozer's THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD is the other. If that's not a high compliment for a contemporary author, I don't know what is!
It's not completely accurate or comlpete. For a Messianic Jew, I found it to be frustrating. It would really benifit the author and her readers to actually learn this subject matter from a Messianic leader. I pray that her book will pique someone's interest to dig deeper than this.
Not being a student of history, I learned a lot from this book. I believe the author accomplished what she set out to do and that was to give us the context of first century followers of Jesus. Highly recommended.
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