The Jew Named Jesus
Jesus was born a Jew, raised a Jew, lived a Jew, died a Jew, and was resurrected a Jew. He was no backsliding Jew, but an observant Jew. In Rebekah Simon-Peter’s “The Jew Named Jesus” the author shares her own deeply personal journey of discovering this. Born and raised a Jew, first Reform then later Orthodox, she challenges Christians to rethink Jesus’ identity as a Jew, and in the process, to consider ways that traditional Christian theology has contributed to anti-Semitism. And what to do about it.
This hopeful book will help you:
- Enrich your Christian faith and practice by transforming your awareness of Jesus as a Jew
- Increase your confidence in engaging in Jewish-Christian dialogue
- Explore the overlapping space where Judaism and Christianity intersect
- Discover Jesus (and Paul’s) practice of Jewish faith and customs in the New Testament.
- Trace how the common spiritual ancestry of Jews and Christians can unite us rather than divide us.
“Personal and provocative, informed and inspirational, Rebekah Simon-Peter shows not only how Jesus must be seen within the context of his own Judaism, but also why this recovery is essential for Christian faith and practice.”
- Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science
“Rebekah Simon-Peter’s The Jew Named Jesus is such an enjoyable read, and the content is deeply important. The book helped me identify many mistakes I’ve made in my work as a preacher and writer of the years. My only complaint – I wish it had been available thirty years ago, so I could have avoided those mistakes! Highly recommended for every pastor – and every follower of Jesus.”
- Brian D. McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road (www.brianmclaren.net)
What does the Bible say about taking care of the Earth? What is the Christian view on climate change? What can you do to make a difference? Connecting Scripture, science, and a wealth of personal stories, author Rebekah Simon-Peter helps you explore these questions. Based on her own work as a scientist and a pastor, she shows you how to create a truly green church. Perfect for small group studies, church-wide Lenten study, or as a catalyst to form a Green Team.
Green Church helps you:
- Enhance your understanding of the Biblical mandate to tend and keep the earth as well as have dominion over it.
- Improve your ability to relate environmental issues to the church
- Deepen your understanding of the Bible while growing in your love of God’s beautiful handiwork
- Heighten your passion to act and make a tangible difference in the world.
- Phyllis Tickle, author of “The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why”
7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church
7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church, the companion workbook to Green Church, and 2012 selection of the United Methodist Women’s Reading program, offers a practical, stimulating, and creative step-by-step guide to greening your church over the course of one year. From calculating the church’s carbon footprint to “paying it forward” with another congregation, this useful tool, replete with scripture verses, fun facts, and success stories from other churches offers light green, medium green and deep green solutions for caring for creation both in the church, and at home.
This step-by-step guide helps you:
- Gain confidence that you can put your faith in action to create concrete environmental change
- Create a plan for change that fits your unique situation, and
- Reduce your carbon footprint while increasing your environmental stewardship
- Motivate your congregation into real Creation-impacting action!
“I can’t imagine a church of any size that will not benefit from using this book. It is lively, easy to read, and wonderfully practical. Get it, and use it!”
- J. Ellsworth Kalas, author of “Parables from the Back Side”
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