Friday, September 21, 2012

Jesus and the Jewish Festivals by Gary Burge

Gary Burge knows how to write biblical, historical help books for Americans: quick and easy with lots of glossy pictures.

With Jesus and the Jewish Festivals, Burge highlights how Jesus interacted with the many celebrations in his time and how he used those images and ideas to further his case to be Messiah.

This is the thickest Ancient Context. Ancient Faith book I've read by Burge. There is alot of information in this book. It is perfect for pastoral aids, and small group study.

Burge first explains how hard it would be for Americans to describe some of our "lesser" holidays to people of other countries where we take some things for granted. He then pivots into how ancient Jews used imagery and symbols in different ways.

We explore The Sabbath, Passover, Tabernacles, Hanukkah and finally Jesus' final Passover. Each chapter explains how they were originally celebrated and how Jesus hijacked the festival for his own use.

The final chapter explores how the early Christians tried to incorporate the Jewish festivals with their own celebrations.

This book, like his earlier work, opens the possibility and understanding of Ancient Israel for modern times. You'll look at Scripture's familiar stories with fresh eyes. It will get you excited to read your Bible!

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Zondervan Publishing.

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