One of my goals for 2013 was to read more books for myself instead of just the books I read aloud to my kids. I set a goal of two per month, and have already read three! So, I’m either doing good, or need to slow down – whichever way you want to look at it. :) I’ve started being active on my Goodreads account. I like how it is a online log of sorts, because my memory is so bad that if you asked me to list all the books I read last year, I probably couldn’t tell you. This way, they keep up with my list for me, as long as I keep it current! Feel free to befriend me on Goodreads if you’re a reader!
I figured while I was reading, I might as well do some book reviews for you guys, so here is the first.
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus:
How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life
by Lois Tverberg
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It’s the sequel of sorts to a previous book by the same author, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, which I loved. The point of both books is to enlighten the reader with things from a historically Jewish perspective, giving new meaning to the text that we “Western-minded” might not have seen or understood before by putting things in the historical context of what it would mean for the Jews during the days of Christ. Frankly, the first book blew me away. I loved it. So I was expecting great things from its successor.
This book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, focused more on linguistics than the first book. It discussed the roots of certain words and the history they had in the context of Jewish laws and traditions. It explained from a Jewish perspective that when Christ spoke certain things, there was much more to the meaning than what we would see just from the English translation we read today. I found the book interesting and enlightening, but it didn’t blow me a way as much as the first book. I’m not sure if it’s because of the digging into the words and their meanings is more academic, or just that the first book enlightened me to such a new world that it left such a profound impression on me.
I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I definitely would recommend it to others.