Monday, June 15, 2009
Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus
If you’ve ever wondered about what the world might have looked like to Jesus as he roamed the streets in sandals, celebrated the Feasts and ate with the lowly, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paints picture upon picture for you. The authors intentionally place readers back in Jesus’ day of teaching and interacting. This book educated me about Jewish phrases, traditions and teachings and how they impact my life as a Christian.
I am not currently in a Bible study, so I delighted in how this book fed my curiosity and answered questions about the rich history of Jewish beliefs and practices. I enjoyed discovering things like how Jesus and his disciples didn’t sit in chairs while dining, as portrayed in the famous Leonardo DaVinci painting, but instead reclined laying on their sides for meals. I grew to understand the importance of and our call as “talmidim” (disciples). I read how Jesus wore tzitziyot (tassels representative of a Jewish man trying to become obedient to the laws of God).
I don’t know about you, but I want to acquire every single piece of knowledge possible about who Jesus was and what life might have been like for him on earth. Not only does Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus provide insight and a window into his world, it also offers the significance of this knowledge. When we allow ourselves to go to greater depths and to attain understanding of something, we place ourselves in an optimal position to apply that knowledge. There are excellent questions listed at the end of each chapter that probe and encourage continued spiritual growth. I was grateful for the opportunity to review this book for Zondervan and would certainly suggest it to others.
The thought I’ll leave you with:
If you had an opportunity to read a book about your husband (or loved one), trying to understand more of where he is coming from, how he exists in the world around him and certain things he cares about deeply, would you read the book? Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus is your chance to learn similar things about Jesus.
What is the best book you’ve read about faith, Jesus or spirituality? And why?
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