“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. Over fourteen chapters, Tverberg examines one topic at a time. Some of these are specific passages or sayings of Jesus. Other times she looks into a whole subject on a broader level. In either case, the material is excellent. Examples include looking at “the greatest commandment”, wisdom on what to say and not say, and wrestling with apparently contradictory truths.
I’ve never recommended a book for group study (at least that I recall—I’m generally not a big proponent of book studies). However I think this book would be an excellent choice for groups choosing to study a book. The chapters are quite manageable, and the material is thought provoking and insightful—in other words, good conversation starter. Beyond this, each chapter concludes with a handful of well written questions which I can imagine would keep discussion going for some time.
In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, I highly recommend this book!