With my particular area of interest in the Hebrew roots of Christianity, I am often asked for book/resource recommendations on this topic.  Most of the ones I’m familiar with are better suited for a college classroom than personal reading/research (books by Brad Young, David Flusser, Abraham Heschel and others), and tend to dive into a number of topics outside of Hebrew roots.

One I’ve recommended in the past, and I still recommend, is Marvin Wilson’s Our Father Abraham.  While still a little on the dry side, it is more accessible than the bolus of books available on this topic.

With apologies to Dr. Wilson (whose recommendation is on the back cover), my number one recommendation has now been updated to the new book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg.

In Sitting, Spangler and Tverberg do a fantastic job of balancing accessibility, applicability and scholarship.   Organized in a logical fashion for the average Christian reader, the authors sift through the most applicable parts of pre-70 AD Judiasm (with more than adequate end notes) to paint a picture of the Israel in which Jesus lived and taught.

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1   Chris P    
April 3rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

“In Sitting, Spangler and Tverberg do a fantastic job of balancing accessibility, applicability and scholarship:

Just like the apostles eh?
Oh I forgot they were just spirit-filled and ignorant . They just happened to be chosen to write God’s revelation.
The Hebrew roots are not talmudic they are found only in Abraham, the original Hebrew.
Jesus is God in man. The scriptures are heaven sent.

2   andy    
April 4th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Thks Chris this is just what i’m looking for !! Ordered it today thks

3   andy    
April 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

btw Chris i asked on an older thread if you’ve read Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by Kenneth Bailey ??

4   Christian P    http://www.churchvoices.com
April 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm


I don’t think Chris has read that, although I recommended it to him a few days before you asked about it.

I just got it and have read a few portions of it. It’s very good stuff.

5   nc    
April 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm


Fascinating book.
Written by my NT professor…

If you’re looking for “Jewish roots” etc. etc.

6   andy    
April 4th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Hi thks Chris and NC…

Chris i haven’t read either, i was wondering if it was any good,i just lost my job, so recommendations are very helpful with the £££ being tight….

Sitting at the Rabbi’s feet looks great & accessible …