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In Understanding Jesus, Joe Amaral delves into Jewish traditions to close the gap created by over 2,000 years of history.
To better understand Jesus, we must understand the time in which He was born, the background from which he drew His illustrations and His audience. Guiding us through events such as Jesus’ birth, baptism and crucifixion, Amaral points out details that the Western mind would normally miss. Topics include Jesus and John the Baptist, the Feasts, Jewish customs such as foot-washing, and the significance of various miracles.
We can’t cut ourselves off from our spiritual roots and expect to grow. Understanding Jesus re-connects us to those roots, helping us attain the “surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus.”
Hardcover Book : 208 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA ( April 07, 2011 )
Item #: 13-352828
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I will hold on to this book and keep it handy for reference. It's niche is that it is not a "scholarly tome" but is written in everyday language making it accessible for the time-crunched. Amaral's connections of Christ"s life with the Feasts of Isreal is something I will refer to again & again. Like I said, this is definitely a keeper (like on my bedside table for reference as I read other books.) A the bibliography in the back is a treasure for anyone wanting to do their own study of Jesus' life in Jesus" time.
Reviewer: Sharon S
I bought this book expecting a lot. While I am a bit disappointed in the book, given its length, there's nothing to complain about at all. The relationship of Jesus to the feasts of Israel is nothing if not awesome. The explanation of Palm Sunday alone is worth the cost of the book.
I have highly recommended it to my friends; so, how disappointed can I be? Like I said, only slightly. I'd have liked more detail on some of the things; but, what really annoyed me was the acceptance of the bogus "Rapture" doctrine. If ever there was a teaching straight form the Pit itself, it's the secret rapture lie. What's sad, is that he inserts in a section on Christ taking up his kingdom after the 2nd temple was destroyed.
Reviewer: Walter J