Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
What does the Jewishness of Jesus have to do with His message? How about the era in which He lived? Are these things important? These questions and more are delved into in the book Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg. The authors take a look at Jesus’ culture, and how He would have viewed the world.
Spangler and Tverberg do a phenomenal job explaining why it matters that Jesus was born a Jew, and further why Galatians 4:4, 5 states “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (emphasis mine) What made the era of Jesus the “fullness of time”? I’m not going to give you the answer, you’ll have to read the book!
My personal favorite chapter focuses on the Jewish feasts. This chapter expanded and enhanced my knowledge of these important events, and it expanded and enhanced my appreciation of Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament laws and practices.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus is easy to read, makes you think, and will cause you to better understand what you read in the Bible.
Quotable: “But the overall goal of discipleship is not simply to grow in self-discipline, but to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.”