Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus : How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith

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A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him.

What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus' ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.

In these pages, you will:

Hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising.
Join conversations among the rabbis of Jesus' day.
Watch with new understanding as the events of Jesus' life unfold.
Experience new excitement about the roots of your Christian faith.

This expanded edition includes a discussion guide for both individuals and groups, and instructions for a simple home Passover Seder celebration.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139 x 216 x 20mm | 262g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310330696
  • 9780310330691
  • 80,645

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Christians today have a growing fascination with the Jewish background of Christianity. Many people want to understand the land, the culture, and the people so that they can experience in greater depth the richness of their own Christian faith. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus---now available in softcover with study guide included---takes readers on a fascinating tour into the heart of the first century, looking at the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that surrounded Jesus and those who followed him, offering inspirational insights that can transform one's faith. Sidebars peppered throughout the text explain unfamiliar terms like Mishnah, Torah, and Talmud, and chapters conclude with brief sections, entitled 'At the Feet of the Rabbi, ' designed to help readers apply these insights on Jesus' Jewishness to their own lives in ways that will both respect and enrich their Christian faith.
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Spangler and Tverberg, with the rigor of a scientist, the drama of a storyteller, and the passion of a disciple, present a stirring depiction of Jesus as a first-century Jewish teacher that will greatly benefit the scholar and the lay-person alike. Supported with careful analysis of ancient sources and recent archaeological discovery, this study is a profound call to follow the Jesus of Scripture. * Ray Vander Laan, author and founder of That the World May Know Ministries * If we could turn the clock back to the Jewish world of the first century, what would it be like to follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Jew? This highly readable work is rooted in rabbinic sources and reflects current gospel research. Spangler and Tverberg vibrantly introduce the reader to valuable aspects of the Jewish background, lifestyle, and teachings of the Rabbi from Galilee. Through their engaging personal style and reflective Judaic approach toward understanding biblical discipleship, Spangler and Tverberg have "hit a home run." The authors draw their readers in to learn at the feet of the Rabbi and leave them begging for more. * Marvin R. Wilson, PhD Ockenga professor of biblical studies Gordon College * For disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) who know little about his Jewishness, including his rabbinic and Hebraic teaching style, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus is the place for them to start. Spangler and Tverberg have created the perfect introduction for the uninitiated. This book will have a deep impact on the thinking of ordinary Christians through the world. * David Bivin, Author and editor, Jerusalem Perspective * Last year over a million pilgrims visited the Holy Land. Few, however, would have learned as much about the historical Jesus as you can by reading this terrific new work by Spangler and Tverberg. Drawing upon personal experiences as well as the latest Jewish and Christian scholarship in Israel, the authors skillfully guide you on a wonderful journey into Jesus' first-century Jewish world---exploring his culture, his lifestyle as an itinerant sage, and his well-honed rabbinic teaching methods and subtle but startling messianic claims. This book makes you really eager to sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus and learn from the One we joyously serve as both Messiah and Lord. I commend it to every follower of Jesus of Nazareth. * Dwight A. Pryor, Center for Judaic-Christian Studies *
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About Ann Spangler

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. She is also the author of The One Year Devotions for Women and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann's fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lois Tverberg, PhD, has been writing and teaching about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past twenty years. Her passion is to translate the Bible's ancient setting into fresh insights that deepen and strengthen Christian faith. She is the author of Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, and Listening to the Language of the Bible. Lois writes from her home in Holland, Michigan. For more information, visit
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