Yesterday my mother shared the following quote with me. She is reading Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg, and she knew this would be meaningful to me:
The gods of Israel’s neighbors concerned themselves with sacrifices and ceremonies. They were not terribly moral, and they were often fickle and cruel. The God of Israel was unique in tying worship of him with compassion for others.21 When his people began to believe that rituals were all he required, God sent prophets to remind them that justice to the poor was his greatest concern. This was the heart of Jesus’ teaching too. (p. 79)
21 See John Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 229-47.
She also shared these:
- Sample text (PDF) — Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus
- Book Review — Ministry Magazine
- Book Review — Near Emmaus