The Jewish Annotated New Testament by Amy-Jill Levine. Although major New Testament figures--Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene--were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew--until now.
Paul and the Faithfulness of God by N. T. Wright. Explores the whole context of Paul's thought and activity— Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, philosophical, religious, and imperial— and shows how the apostle's worldview and theology enabled him to engage with the many-sided complexities of first-century life that his churches were facing.
Jewish Woman of the Day. June 14th - Sherri Mandell is an Israeli author, a mother and activist. She is best known as the mother of Koby Mandell, a thirteen year old American boy who was murdered near their home in the West Bank in May 2001. Mandell and her husband, Rabbi Seth Mandell, founded the Koby Mandell Foundation, and Mandell wrote a book about the murder entitled The Blessing of a Broken Heart.
Israel (photo by Leon Forado) ~ I love this photo. To me it shows the place of finding God in the heart. No matter what people do or say, how people dress or pray... we all meet in that center place where we touch God and are touched back.
Female Arab Soldier Proud to Fight for Israel - Mona Abdo, a Christian Arab who volunteered to serve in the IDF says her job is to "prevent terrorist attacks, smuggling operations and illegal entry into the country. If I prevent drugs from entering the country, I not only protect the Jewish people but the Arabs as well.'
Teacher, Guide, Companion: Rediscovering Jesus in a Secular World by Erik Walker Wilstrom. Challenges readers to reexamine their own relationship with Jesus Christ and its significance in the 21st C. Integrating both secular and religious source materials; demonstrates how a close examination of historical findings and the Gospels can lead to a renewed faith in Jesus Christ.
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault. If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. Shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
Jesus in the Eyes of The Sufis by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. a wealth of stories and poems about Jesus, many of which are translated into English for the first time from the original Arabic and Persian Sufi sources in this second edition. They represent the profound reverence that Sufis for centuries have felt for Jesus, regarding him as a symbol of love and the perfect master.
Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right by Carter Heyward. A theological resource for spiritual transformation and social change; rethinks the figure and import of Jesus for church, academy, and society.