Book Review: Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

By | November 10, 2012

“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!

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  • “Who is rich? He who is happy with what he has.” Mishnah, Avot 4:1 (as quoted in “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus” by Lois Tverberg, p. 76)

    “In almost every situation, a person can either look for a good or a bad motive behind other people’s behavior. The way you choose to interpret others’ motives has a profound effect on the way you react to them.” (Lois Tverberg, “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus”, p. 107)

    “What we translate as “law”, Jews more correctly understand as “guidance” or “teaching”. What to many of us looks like an onerous burden sounds to them as if they are uncovering the very thoughts of God.” (Lois Tverberg, “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus”, p. 145)

    “We honor God more by trying to love as he loves than by trying to know all that he knows.” (Lois Tverberg, “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus”, p. 161)