The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi

The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi

by Robby Gallaty


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ISBN-13: 9780310529231
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 272,057
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robby Gallaty (PhD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he founded Replicate Ministries to educate, equip, and empower believers to make disciples who make disciples ( He is the author of Rediscovering Discipleship, Growing Up, Firmly Planted, and Bearing Fruit. Robby and his wife Kandi are the proud parents of two sons, Rig and Ryder.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Do We Need to Rediscover Jesus?
The introduction will examine how Hellenism and Romanism have forced many Christians to read an Eastern book through a Western lens. Gallaty will explain how the refurbishment of the Sistine Chapel is a perfect example of restoring the original picture of something that has been affected through the ages. Jesus is not a blue-eyed, brown-haired American, as many have come to see Him. He’s a dark-skinned, Middle Eastern Rabbi.

Chapter 1: Preparing the Way for the Messiah
This chapter will give a brief overview of how God providentially used pagan leaders to prepare the way for His Son. Alexander the Great (Hellenism), Julius Caesar (the Roman Road), and Herod the Great (Construction of the Temple) set the stage for the coming Messiah spoke about in the Old Testament. The Maccabean revolt, often overlooked by Protestants because of its inclusion in the Apocrypha, re-instituted Temple sacrifices, duties, and festivals, all of which were necessary for the ministry of Jesus. Gallaty will explain how Jesus was not the first person to claim divinity or to be the Messiah. In fact, twelve men claimed to be the Messiah during the 100 years before and after Jesus. Readers will also walk through the community of the Essenes, who laid a foundation for the Messiah by taking the words Isaiah 40:3-5 literally. They gave up the luxuries of the Temple to endure sweltering heat, unbearable sand storms, and isolation to witness firsthand the glory of the Lord.

Chapter 2: Clues About the Christ in the Old Testament
The Old Testament repeatedly points to the Messiah through the life of Joseph, who foreshadowed Christ. A motif that Gallaty will examine is that of the shepherd in the Old Testament. Next, we will journey back to Babylon to uncover how Gentile wise men from a far away land knew when and why to follow a star from the East---and we will see that they were disciples of an influential Jew named Daniel, who specialized in prophecy about the coming Messiah. Finally, we will consider the many connections between Abraham’s sacrifice of his only son Isaac and God’s sacrifice of his only son Jesus.

Chapter 3: The Humanity of Jesus
An understanding of the humanity of God will ignite a better understanding of His character and an understanding of Jesus’ upbringing will shed light on His future ministry. We will explore why He was raised in Nazareth, and we will also come to understand what is meant by Jesus growing in stature and wisdom. Jesus, like his father Joseph, was probably a stone mason who worked at a rock quarry nearby. This sheds new light on his ministry as we rethink truths he spoke in the New Testament, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” or “The stone the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.”

Chapter 4: Speaking the Language
Hebrew thinking is much different from Greek thinking. For a Jew, salvation is always corporate and plural, not individual and singular as we have been taught in the West. Additional concepts that will be covered are spirituality vs. worship, dynamic vs. static, ideas vs. pictures, and photographic appearance (a description of an object or thing) vs. constructive appearance (how an object or thing is built). Gallaty will identify a method for uncovering keshers, or hyperlinks from the New Testament to the Old Testament, by examining well known passages such as the Upper Room discourse in John 14, when Jesus said, “I’m coming back to get you,” the feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink,” and his encounter with Zacchaeus, when he said, “I’ve come to seek and save the lost.” Finally, we will uncover what Jesus meant when he said, “You have turned my Father’s house into a den of robbers,” from a Hebraic perspective.

Chapter 5: Following a Jewish Rabbi in the Kingdom of God
Throughout Jesus ministry, many messianic clues are imbedded in the miracles He performed. The Kingd

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From the Publisher

The message of Jesus may be timeless. But his life, teachings, death, and resurrection were all time-stamped. They took place in the real word at a specific time and place. In The Forgotten Jesus, Robby Gallaty helps us better understand the long-forgotten culture and context of Jesus's life and ministry so that we may better grasp the timeless beauty and power of his gospel.
—Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, — Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church, Vista, California

For many years, First Fruits of Zion has aimed to help Christians to know
Jesus better by seeing Him in His Jewish context. Pastor Robby Gallaty is a pastor and Bible teacher who shares that vision. His new book The
Forgotten Jesus will help Christians to remember the Jewish Jesus who has largely been forgotten. Read this book if you want to know and follow our Master better! — Boaz Michael, Founder and Director of First Fruits of Zion in Jerusalem, Israel

Looking for something new? Look to something old! This book is “gold”
with fresh insight to the preacher in teaching God’s Word and “gold” to believers in seeing new understanding into the New Testament by looking to the old—the Old Testament. Don’t miss this treasure that God has revealed through Robby Gallaty. — Bryant Wright, Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

Robby’s passion for Jesus ignites and unites the way he thinks, speaks, and acts. His design in this book is to help you do the same. To my mind, he achieves that goal. Do you crave to love God as Father the way Jesus did?
Read on! And may the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob grant you the desire of your heart. — James Whitman, Director, Center for Judaic-Christian Studies

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TimLaFleur More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Jesus by Dr. Robby Gallaty is a must read for anyone desiring to know Christ in a deeper way. Having a better understanding of the Old Testament and Jewish customs enabled me to have a deeper knowledge of the context of Jesus’ life and ministry in the gospels. I was blessed to see the Lord Jesus in a new and fresh way as Robby shared sound biblical insight about Jesus from a Hebraic perspective. I can honestly say that my life has been enriched and encouraged through reading this book and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
pastoreric22 More than 1 year ago
This book is a virtual tour of the Holy Land! While I've never been to the Holy Land in person, I'm told by people who visit there they come back with a fresh new perspective on the Bible. They read it differently because they see it through a different lens. Well, Forgotten Jesus took me on a virtual trip to the land where Jesus walked at the time in which Jesus lived. By immersing us in Jewish culture of the day, Robby Gallaty paints a picture that helps the reader see and experience Jesus in a whole new light. Part theological, part cultural, part inspirational, the book will transport you back 2000 years and you will understand how Jesus lived. But more importantly, you'll gain a fresh perspective on why He taught the way he did and how he responded to people as He did. I believe this should be required reading for anyone who desires to be a disciple of Jesus.
Ashley Feemster More than 1 year ago
This book is a must buy! The easiest way to describe it is WOW! I just can't believe how much of the Bible I wasn't fully understanding! This is a great tool to use to better understand Jesus' teachings and his life. We as westerners forget that Jesus was Jewish and taught in that context. When you read the Bible in that context, and you make the connections from the Old Testament to the new it's amazing! I would recommend this book to EVERYONE! Such a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are considering getting this book, I highly recommend it. I have heard Pastor Robby Gallaty speak and preach at times and have been blown away by his faithfulness. As a young believer, he introduced me to new ideas that I had never thought of; and he goes into even more depth in his book "The Forgotten Jesus." For a long time, it was difficult for me to see the relation between the Old and New Testament. However, after reading this book, I feel that I am able to relate to and see Jesus in a whole new light. Many of us in our Western Culture, myself included, have become accustomed to the culture that we live in, no surprise there. However, Jesus lived in a completely different culture. He saw situations and events differently, He related to people in a different way, He though differently than we did, etc. In this book, Pastor Robby sheds light on these cultural differences; and how viewing Jesus through an Eastern lens rather than a Western lens can give us a completely new outlook on Jesus and the impact that He has on our lives.
Bucscoacha More than 1 year ago
Robby Gallaty’s book The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow An Eastern Rabbi is a thought provoking read for even the mature Christian. Gallaty challenges many conventional teachings about Jesus and the New Testament, defending each with both Old Testament scriptures and extra-biblical scholarship. While one may not agree with every conclusion, as Gallaty himself freely admits early in the book, The Forgotten Jesus challenges readers to consider if their understanding of both the person and work of Jesus has not been tainted by our Western worldview and culture. Gallaty suggests that the Eastern world Jesus lived and taught in thought not in words as we do, but rather in pictures. Understanding that Jesus thought in pictures, brings one to a deeper understanding of both what Jesus taught and why He taught the way He did. While skeptics may state that Jesus never really said that He is divine, the people of His time clearly understood His claim to being the Messiah. Likewise, Jesus was not being elusive in His answers to either the disciples or the religious leaders of His day when he responded to a question with a question. He was simply teaching in the manner of a rabbi of His day. The Forgotten Jesus gave me a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament and almost immediately made my daily Bible reading come alive from a perspective that I had never considered. Gallaty’s well reasoned conclusions challenged me to see many Biblical events in a new light and enabled me to make connections within the Old and New Testament scriptures that truly reveal the sovereignty of God. The connections Gallaty made between the passover lamb and the crucifixion of Jesus, particularly with the specific timing of the events of the day, became a worshipful moment for me even as I read the book. Gallaty’s scholarship strives to help other Christians grow in their faith through a deeper understanding of the Word of God. As a member of his congregation, he challenges me every week with his knowledge and commitment of and to the scriptures. He practices what he preaches and this book is proof positive that he is willing to challenge believers to live a life that truly understands and reflects the person of Jesus for the benefit of the Kingdom of God. The Forgotten Jesus is a book to be read and considered by Christians who, like me, have grown up in and see the world from a Western worldview influenced primarily by the Greek and Roman cultures. To truly understand who Jesus is, we need to learn to begin to consider the events and teachings of His life from an Eastern, Jewish perspective. This book is an excellent primer to get us moving in that direction.
jonathanhayashi More than 1 year ago
I couldn't be more excited getting this book in my hands. It is a must read and highly recommend for all of us to read. We are a product of our culture. After going to the Holy Land and experiencing and seeing the culture, I’ve been wanting to have a good that would explain the cultural context of the scriptures. This book just came about the time I finished our trip and has been a huge plus in order for me to explain and understand clearer how our western culture fogs our way of viewing the eastern rabbi, Jesus. Robby goes through the misread text simply because of our western presupposition how cannot explain some things in the scriptures because of the authors' eastern assumptions. The main focus of this book is to inform inform the bible believing believers to have the tools in order that we may read the scriptures with an awareness of our unconscious assumptions. Once again, wonderful book! Highly recommend for all of us to take the opportunity to dig into it.
Prifflez More than 1 year ago
A great book to help rediscover the Messiah that our culture has neglected or forgotten about. I definitely recommend this to ALL who have come to faith in Christ!
tgeist316 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! The Old Testament contains a wealth of information that many have never found. It contains innumerable treasures that point to the Messiah. Jesus is the scarlet thread that is woven throughout the Old Testament and Robby does a great job revealing that. Get your copy today and be blessed by what you will learn and how the New Testament will come alive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this review on Robby Gallaty's book, "The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi", and wondering if this book is for you, then I'm here to tell you that this is for you. Go ahead. Get it. You won't regret it. This book will get you thinking. This book will challenge your current knowledge of Jesus and his teachings while giving a well-reasoned explanation of the Jewish customs and times that Jesus lived in. Robby, you've impacted my walk with the Lord more than you may even realize. I first heard you at Campus Outreach's New Years Conference, have watched many of your sermons online, and now this book. Thank you for your commitment to Jesus, the scriptures, and to making disciples. -Shelby Kate
kwdumas More than 1 year ago
For many years, I have found the Old Testament to contain a wealth of information about Jesus. And quite frequently I find myself in the minority. There are a lot of people who miss out on so much of the richness of the New Testament, because they discount or discard the Old Testament. What they seem to be missing is that while Jesus was living and teaching what would become the New Testament, he was living in an Old Testament culture, and the bible that he was reading, that he was memorizing, that he was quoting, that he was using in his ministry, that he was living, was the Old Testament. The New hadn’t yet been written. And so, I jumped at the chance to be a member of Robby Gallaty’s Launch Team for his new book The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow and Easter Rabbi. (Zondervan, 2017). First and foremost, and something we shouldn’t ever forget, is that Jesus was a Jewish man living 2000 years ago in a Jewish culture. He also didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. Still today context and culture are important things to be aware of, and the same thing was true in Jesus' time. Gallaty has obviously done his research and we benefit from his hard work. If you’ve been around church for a while, you’ve heard the stories, the parables, the accounts of miracles. Hopefully if you’ve been around church for a while, you’ve also read those stories for yourself. They’re found in a book called the Bible. The thing is though, that things that would have been so apparent and obvious to the people with whom Jesus had contact, often leave us scratching our heads: what are they talking about? Granted, not everyone has the desire to become an Old Testament scholar so that they can better understand the New Testament. And that’s assuming that they’ve also become a New Testament scholar so they can better live out their Christian faith. Having said that, insights into the prevailing culture help us to better understand the gospel. And Robby does a great job of giving examples. He explains why finding a man carrying a jug of water would be easy in a crowded city (see Mark 14:12-15, and remember that carrying water was considered to be woman’s work). What about a fig tree with no figs so upset Jesus (Mark 11:20-21)? Many people have a mistaken idea of who Jesus really was. We look at the Renaissance era paintings and get a picture in our minds; we hear sermons, and take the preachers word that he knows what the passage really means. At some point we need to dig a little deeper and find out just who Jesus was, and then make the decision to follow. Bonus information includes the F-260 reading plan. A bible reading plan that allows you to read Mon-Friday, with time on the weekends to catch up if you happen to miss a day. 5/5 I received a copy of this book as a member of the Launch Team. Thanks Robby, for the pleasure and the privilege!
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
This will change the way I read the NT! The Forgotten Jesus helped me exchange my Western viewpoint of scripture for that of a Torah-faithful Jew. Gallaty doesn’t reinterpret the Bible, rather he explains the significance and symbolism of Jesus’ words, actions, and the Rabbinical methods of instruction he employed. By doing so, he made connections and provided insights which I wouldn't have made on my own. It took me a few days to tackle roughly 200 pages of text (not counting the reading plan or extensive endnotes) because I read with my Bible open and a notepad ready. At the end, I am left with 24 post-flags and two pages of shorthand notes I’d like to discuss with my book group. Not since reading Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (co-authored by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg) have I been so completely enthralled by the community and culture of first-century Judaism. I cannot wait to encounter these portions of scripture in my reading plan with fresh eyes. Highly recommend! I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.
Nick7912 More than 1 year ago
Pastor Gallaty provides many long-term benefits to believers from reading this book! This invaluable resource includes insight into Jesus's life as a Jewish man, a look at Hebraic thought vs. Western thought, clarification of God's direction for your life, and ultimately what Jesus personifies: TRUTH. Here are just 3 brief summaries of the many lessons one can learn from Pastor Gallaty's message: 1) In his role as pastor, it is his duty to correct misconceptions. For example, he corrects the widespread misbelief that the Old Testament is inferior to the New Testament. This is not the case: Jesus quoted from the Old Testament in the New Testament and His birth is foreshadowed in the Old Testament as well. Believers must focus on the entire Bible to learn everything God wants us to grasp in our mortal lives. 2) He provides the key to spiritual growth: Absorb the Word to know God. The more you know God, the more you love God. The more you love God, the more you obey God. The more you obey God, the more the Holy Spirit manifests Himself to you. 3)We must remember that Jesus represented complete authority as BOTH God and man; His sinless life is impossible to replicate. However, we are supposed to live by His example... I could go on and on recommending this book...I challenge you to REDISCOVER THE FORGOTTEN JESUS...GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!
Ken-Nichols More than 1 year ago
Over the past 19 years I have spent preaching and teaching I have become more and more convinced that in order to truly understand the Gospels we must understand the Law and the Prophets. It's not that we can't know anything without a knowledge of the Old Testament, but as we grow and mature, the Old Testament opens up the beauty of the Gospels more and more. That is why I heartily recommend this book. Gallaty does a lot of heavy lifting for us by digging up nuggets of helpful information concerning the Jewishness of Jesus. I really appreciated the even-handed way that he provides helpful insight from extra-biblical sources, and brings to light Messianic connections from the Tanak. There are some helpful discussions on life in Palestine that add color to the Gospel accounts, from the infant narratives, Jesus as a boy, and Jesus' ministry as a Rabbi. As always, Gallaty points us the importance of Scripture intake, even providing an F260 Bible Reading Plan in the Appendix. I recommend this book as an aid to Bible Study, to discipleship, and to personal growth. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Wren More than 1 year ago
I expected The Forgotten Jesus to be as fast of a read as Gallaty’s previous books. I was wrong. This book is best read a chapter a day to allow some time for it to sink in. I think it is much better than some of the seminary textbooks I used on this subject. The links and support he shows from Hebraic culture and life gave me much more insight into what the scripture meant from a Jewish perspective. He is correct that my “western mind” jumps to a conclusion based on my background rather than its original intended meaning to the Hebrew people. As a Bible study teacher and church staff member in education, this book makes the case for me and helped me communicate how important it is for people to study the Old Testament with the same energy they study the New. If you want to know and understand scripture, Jesus, and the Hebrew people and culture in a deeper way, this is a book you should read. Every pastor and Bible study leader should read it. You need this in your library.
JessicaJude More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Jesus by Pastor Robby Gallaty, is like taking a trip back in time, walking side by side with the disciples and learning first hand from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is as if looking through a secret window into the heart of Jesus which allows one to discover a deeper knowledge and understanding of our Messiah. Our love for someone grows stronger the more we know of them, therefore, this deeper knowledge of our Rabbi Jesus will strengthen your love for Him. Besides being misinterpreted, messages can become misconstrued from the passing of information through the ages and from culture loss. Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish culture, and by presenting a crash course in ancient Jewish culture, Pastor Robby gives historical context which enables Jesus' actions and messages to be understood just as our Rabbi intended them to be. Some people tend to avoid spending much time, if any at all, in the Old Testament. Pastor Robby reminds us that the old testament was not old to Jesus; it was His story, His Bible and it tells His story. In The Forgotten Jesus, connections between the old and new Testaments are taught, nuggets of wisdom are unburied, and truths are unpacked in such a clear way that just about anyone could understand them. For anyone desiring to clearly understand Jesus' thoughts and intentions behind His actions and messages, I highly recommend this book! God bless Pastor Robby for devoting his time to help others view our Savior in a new light!
W D More than 1 year ago
Pastor Robby, through this book, gives us the proper lenses to understanding Jesus at the cultural level and then how to follow Him. This is much needed in not only our churches but society as well as they seek to shape and form Jesus into their own image. I am grateful to God for how He is using and will continue to use you Pastor!-Williamson Deavours
W D More than 1 year ago
Pastor Robby, through this book, gives us the proper lenses to understanding Jesus at the cultural level and then how to follow Him. This is much needed in not only our churches but society as well as they seek to shape and form Jesus into their own image. I am grateful to God for how He is using and will continue to use you Pastor!-Williamson Deavours
pastorgreg14 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Robby Gallaty challenges much of the status quo thinking of our western culture when it comes to Jesus. We need to understand just how important a proper reading of the Old Testament is to enlighten us as we read the New Testament. I feel I have a much greater understanding of the culture and context in which Jesus lived and ministered after reading this book. The Forgotten Jesus is now required reading for my staff and summer intern. Every Bible expositor needs to read this book. At times you will feel challenged by the opportunities you may have missed in past sermons, but you will be much better equipped for the future.
TBiv More than 1 year ago
This book will help you become a better reader of the Bible. One of the most difficult things about properly understanding and applying the Bible is that we are separated by thousands of years and thousands of miles from the culture and context in which the Bible was written. Robby's book helps to bridge this cultural and historical gap in a very thorough and yet easily accessible way. A book like this that helps you better understand the most important Book ever written is well worth your time. Read this book, and then devote yourself to better reading and obeying God's Word. (I received an early release copy of this book as a part of the book launch team in exchange for an honest review.)
BroRussellThreet More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Jesus. The title of this book opens your eyes from the beginning. You begin to ask yourself what have we forgotten about Jesus? Any person that has studied the Bible in any serious manner will tell you the old adage that "context is king". However, it seems that when it comes to the New Testament, with the possible exception of the book of Hebrews, many ignore the Jewish worldview that dominated the world of Christ and His early followers. Robby Gallaty has written a book here that brings this sometimes willful ignorance into view. If I am honest I will say that there was not a whole lot of brand new information that came to light as I read this book, but the gathering together of these places in Scripture that can be enriched by the proper Jewish context really opened my eyes. Perhaps the greatest contribution Gallaty has made here is to spur people on in doing more than just surface level contextual work when preaching and teaching. This book reminds us that the finer points of Hebrew culture and the Jewish religion as practiced in the days of Jesus do not harm the truths of the New Testament as we understand them, but they bring them into clearer focus.
JimDuggan More than 1 year ago
With The Forgotten Jesus, Gallaty takes readers on a “journey to recover the Jewishness of Jesus.” Through this journey, he helps “bring familiar passages to life by viewing them through a Middle Eastern lens.” (page 13) Dr. Gallaty accomplishes this goal and more through The Forgotten Jesus. The Forgotten Jesus is a scholarly work clothed in language even the everyday Bible reader can understand. Gallaty writes in such a way as to explain deep truths in practical, easily understood terms. This is a must-have book for all serious Bible readers. Going forward, I am sure I will refer to the book often as I prepare sermons and lessons. Dr. Gallaty’s insights will help me better understand the Bible in its Eastern World orientation. Fuller review may be read at
Chris Phillips More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Jesus. There is a great balance between both accessibility and depth throughout the book and it is an overall easy and engaging read. Not only is there deep content regarding the life and times of Jesus from a Hebraic standpoint, but it is extremely applicable to our current timeframe. Quite frankly, as a pastor, there was a TON of information that I didn't know about the Jewish culture and how that impacted the life and times of Christ. Reading what Robby presents from a contextual standpoint brought great clarity to the New Testament passages. Every believer, whether a pastor, teacher, or lay leader, should read through this lens that Robby challenges them to see through in the New Testament. You'll read this book in one hand with the Bible in the other. This book will not only deepen your faith, but also help you clearly teach and communicate and new light on God's word. I cannot recommend this book more for anyone that wants to grow not only in their knowledge of Christ, but for those that want to grow in their faith and love for Jesus. "The more you know about Jesus, the more you'll love Jesus."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read that brings to light the OT roots that aid us in understanding and interpreting the NT. A great book that will greatly influence you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robby Gallaty has done us a service in taking us back to the Jewishness of Jesus. Many people are eager to jump into the Gospels to see Jesus for themselves. This commendable desire will only be strengthened for the person who picks up Forgotten Jesus because Gallaty will shed light on Jesus' life, teaching, and mission in light of his Jewish background and context. Gallaty lays some necessary foundations in the first two chapters addressing the need for this book and understanding the New Testament in light of the Old Testament. The remaining chapters dive into the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus. Along the way, Gallaty helps us understand Jesus more deeply regarding Jesus and clarifies things we often wrongly assume. This book is solid exegetically and rich with helpful content while also stirring your hear to know, love, and follow Jesus.
DeaconAdam More than 1 year ago
There are so many things in this book that have stuck with me that if I were to cover them all I fear that you wouldn’t buy the book and read it for yourself. One of the things that has stuck with me is the differences in the way that the Greeks and the Jews thought and continue to think. This sets up the whole book, in that you are prepared to see things like a Greek (wanting to see something new and/or fresh) through seeing like a Jew (someone who would have been immersed in the Old Testament scriptures from an early age and values repetition and making sure to get things right over learning something new). There were some things in the book that just blew me away because I’d never considered it before– such as the parallels between Moses coming down with the Ten Commandments and what happened on the Day of Pentecost. There were some that I were more familiar with, but enjoyed reading again– like talking about how a young Hebrew man went about getting a wife. If your “diet” of the Bible reading and teaching is heavy on the New Testament, this book would open your eyes to just how much of the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old. Even if you are getting a balanced “diet” of Old and New Testament, you will find that the sections of this book that talk about how a Hebrew child would memorize the complete Torah, or how much these people had Scripture as part of their daily lives to be challenging and convicting. I’ve found that it has made me want to memorize more Scripture and think through what’s going on in the New Testament stories that are very familiar to the believer that has been in church all his life! I received a pre-release copy of this book in return for a review. The review contents are my own.