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Say, have you ever heard of Craig Keener? Jul 05, Ellen Boyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritually-uplifting. I loved this book! Highly recommend!! Making it clear that Xmas is a pagan festival because Jesus was born in September. There are various proofs given for this. Among which are the shepherds and the star.
Outstanding I have often wondered about the culture of that time period in order to more deeply understand the meanings intended. This book is a wonderful compilation of wisdom and understanding about that culture. Very helpful I really enjoyed reading this book. The points are well reasoned and abundant scriptures are provided. I highly recommend this book and author.
Awesome book! Great book to begin the journey towards understanding the culture when Jesus lived and the traditions of the Jewish people of the time. Succint but profound These are no just information, they are rhema. Joe has the gift of bringing out such si oke and what seems like obscure information and bring them to life Mar 19, Jabran Victor rated it it was amazing. Great book to know jesus. Feb 27, Beverly rated it it was amazing. When I began this book I was a bit cautious.
I wasn't sure what the author's real agenda was. Now that I am finished, I know this will be a book that I return to over and over during the Lenten season especially. So many of the Jewish feasts that Christ fulfilled are during this season from Palm Sunday through Pentecost! Powerful insight as to how much we as believers can benefit from understanding the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament, and how Christ brought fulfillment to them all!
Nov 27, Phil Aud rated it liked it Shelves: read-in The Church has unfortunate history of anti-semitism which has, of course, affected our interpretation. I was also thankful for some of the sources which he provided. But this was, unfortunately, exceedingly rare.
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What is the source for this? This happens both in small and large ways throughout the book. First, it does not help foster conversation between Jews and Christians when we speak of how the rabbis spoke of Messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled but do not provide any proof of it. To end on a positive note, I will mention that Amaral does have some serious scholars in his bibliography Flusser, Keener, Levine, etc.
I hope he better cites his observations in the future but am grateful for his heart and work to bring a greater understanding to a much neglected area of study. Wilson, Kenneth E. Bailey, etc. Aug 17, Eva rated it it was amazing. This book is exactly what I was looking for — context that illuminates the familiar Bible stories and helps me understand what I could never understand just by re-reading and pondering.
Sometimes, it all seems very This book is exactly what I was looking for — context that illuminates the familiar Bible stories and helps me understand what I could never understand just by re-reading and pondering. Sometimes, it all seems very strange. Concepts that I thought I understood made so much more sense, in light of the history and culture. It was exciting, even breath-taking, to read. I want there to be piles of books like this — reader-friendly, story-driven, and so very needed.
I want to know the actual Jesus, and this book has brought me closer to doing so. I recommend it whole-heartedly to everyone. Apr 14, Tomi rated it liked it. Understanding Jesus is a historical read not meant to change your religious perception but present a historical account of Jesus' time. Amaral does a good job discussing the culture, social and political atmosphere of that time in a way that helps one get a deeper understanding.
There were some things within the book that I didn't quite agree with but such is the case whenever you're discussing something that happened over 2, years ago. Amaral includes several scripture references as a basis Understanding Jesus is a historical read not meant to change your religious perception but present a historical account of Jesus' time.
Amaral includes several scripture references as a basis for supporting the historical arguments he writes of and this makes for wonderful Bible study discussion. The Bible says "Search the scriptures Mar 20, Karenm rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. I am thankful for the extensive bibliography in the back so I can continue my study. In many ways, I feel the book is an 'appetizer', kinda like the scallop risotto I recently had in Vegas I kept thinking it would be cool if this book, or even a more indepth future one had a study guide. I found the explanation of the feasts to be fascinating and how Jesus and John the Baptist fulfilled the feasts.
I'm not sure that the author made a case I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure that the author made a case for current Christians to be observing the feasts, but found the explanations fascinating. I do plan to get a copy of this book for my kids and their families. Apr 13, Kirsten Jany rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual.
Saw Joe Amaral in church. When he stepped up and announced he'd be giving a presentation about Jewish feasts and their significance in end times, I prepared myself for a snooze. And when it was over, I was one of the first in line to buy the book! Thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't begin to figure how much research must have gone into writing this, and he just hands it all to you on a platter. The book is an enormous help when reading scripture, and things I never understood before suddenly became c Saw Joe Amaral in church.
The book is an enormous help when reading scripture, and things I never understood before suddenly became crystal clear. Definitely recommend this! Mar 17, Cindy Macbeth rated it really liked it. This is the first book I ever won and what a treasure. The book did give insight into the way things were in Jesus's time. When reading the book it helped me to understand the way life was in Jesus's time here on earth. I passed the book to my girlfriend and she is not a reader, but she couldn't put the book down. She passed it to another friend and we have had numerous discussions.
We percieved things to mean one thing but in Jesus time it meant something different. The book gave us a spark for lea This is the first book I ever won and what a treasure. The book gave us a spark for learning more about Jesus and put us back on track. Feb 25, writer Feb 28, Diane rated it liked it.
When I won this book, I did not realize that it was geared toward young adult readers. Still by placing the parables and miracles in the context of first century Israel, some Biblical situations I have puzzled over were explained. I could never understand the idea that faith the size of a mustard seed could move a mountain or why Christ would not allow a man to bury his father. Amaral's insights into the customs of the day explained the real meaning of what was happening. Mar 31, Timothy rated it really liked it.
I've come across most of what's in this book eslewhere, but the insights are good, and it's never a bad idea to refresh your awareness of Jesus's Jewish cultural context.
I suspect that for most Western Christians, this book will be an eye-opener. An excellent into the Hebrew roots of the New Testament, and of the story of the Messiah. Sep 06, Eirika rated it liked it. High marks for explaining the Jewish part of Jesus and what that meant as far as interpreting many of his teachings. Low marks for concluding that means Jesus followers should be adhering to the Leviticus food laws and Jewish festivals.
Excellent background into Jewish culture. Joe brings forth knowledge of Jewish culture, the festivals and community to enhance your understanding of scripture. Excellent read.
Understanding Jesus: Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ
Nov 25, Heather rated it really liked it. A very interesting book on the actual facts of Jewish life and how we have misinterpreted so much of what is in the bible. This was an eye opener for me. Jul 04, John rated it really liked it Shelves: theology. Great insights into the depths of connection between Christianity's Jewish roots, Jewish custom, the Old Testament Festivals and the coming of Jesus as the Messiah. Nov 08, Andrew Ketel rated it it was amazing Shelves: theology , messianic-theology. A great basic overview of the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith.
Jan 02, Harriette rated it it was amazing. Amazing insights in this page turner. My only issue was the lack of footnotes and references at some points. Oct 31, Wendy marked it as to-read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Joe Amaral.
Joe Amaral. Joe Amaral was born in Portugal on the island of St. Miguel, and emigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, when he was two years old. A rebel against Christianity, he credits a youth pastor who "loved me unconditionally" with being a major factor in his conversion and subsequent decision to enter the ministry.
In November , he first visited Israel, and learned about the culture from his tour guide, a Messianic Jew. Today, along with his father-in-law, he operates a ministry called Operation Outreach, conducting tours of the Holy Land several times a year and teaching on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He resides with his wife, Karen, and family in Ontario. Books by Joe Amaral. Trivia About Understanding Jes