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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Jew Named Jesus

From a name like Rebekah Simon-Peter, you get the impression that this author knows what she's talking about in regard to the Jewish culture and Jewish life in general. So when you see the title, The Jew Named Jesus, you want to dive in and uncover the mysteries behind the Man, His message, and His ministry. You will not be disappointed. I wasn't. I recently finished reading Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg and had my appetite whetted for a greater understanding of the Jewish culture and the culture of the times of the life of Jesus.

There is one thing all of these authors have in common in their books: we American Christians have allowed too much culture to invade our religion instead of the other way around. As society goes downhill in a run-away train (much faster than a handcart), the church has begun to resemble society more and more. I could get rather soap boxish here and I better quit while I am ahead. The point is we can't read these books JUST for the information, we have to allow these books to work their way inside us, to change the way we think, to change the way we act, and we have to allow them to change us and our relationship with Christ.

Rebekah does one thing in her book that stands out, she pushes her readers to go back to what the authors of the New Testament really meant in the original language to get a fuller understanding of the Man, Jesus.

This is a ten out of five star book, four thumbs up, and a loaf of challah bread.

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