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Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus~ can you imagine?

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

How the Jewishness of Jesus can Transform Your Faith

By Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

This book is just the right amount of information, without being overwhelming.

Anyone from a learned scholar, to a lay person, to someone just discovering their faith would benefit from reading this book.


IN talking about the Jewishness of Jesus she brings us closer to the man who became our savior and learning his ways  brings us to closer understanding of our faith.

Many of the  pages have insets of definition which if you don’t know the words she simply explains their meaning.

What’s great about the way this book is put forward is it could easily be used for independent bible study as each chapter is closed with questions, or things to think about.

~those questions also make it perfect for a Christian book club.

Lois has a blog If you like Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus I’d recommend checking it out here!

Let me highlight just a few of the things I loved about the book

OH  my gosh the imagery she uses in describing chapter 4 on following the Rabbi:

Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman not a glamorous scene by any means (though absolutely hilarious to watch)

but  I digress…

following Jesus was not glamorous

the authors weave this story into a demonstration of what it meant to be a Rabbi in the Jewish world and to follow a Rabbi in the Jewish world….and leaves us to think about our role in being a disciple today.

The Authors reference Tevye from Fiddler on the roof, in

Chapter 7 titled For Everything a Blessing.

(I love this movie and Zero Mostel’s performance in it!)

Every thing a blessing???  That truly is a hard concept in a world full of complainers, doubters, in a world that has become under-worked and underpaid, and under-appreciated

But, what if we thanked God for every thing in our lives….and not just for the table;

but for the person who made the table, for the tree that became the table, for the people who taught the man to be a carpenter…etc…..

What would our world look like if we prayed and thanked God for our Blessings more?

IN addition to the over 200 pages and 14 chapters of insight the book is complete with several Appendices

  • Prayers Jesus Prayed
  • The Feasts
  • a chart of biblical feasts
  • recommended sources for further reading
  • Glossary of terms used in the book
  • Notes on her sources easily listed for each chapter
  • a scriptural index, for the scripture quoted in the book and page to find it on
  • an alphabetical index for topics covered in the book

Read this book

and you’ll find yourself

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

sweet spirit sweep over my soul.

About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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