Tuesday, November 15, 2011
What struck me most about these devotions is their attention to the Jewish roots of Christianity. Nettelhorst places some readings in the context of Jewish holidays and reminds readers of the Messianic expectations of Jesus’ time. I did a little research and discovered that the author not only spent time in Israel (working on a kibbutz) he also did graduate work in Semitic languages. A Year with Jesus is not “scholarly’--it’s very readable and accessible--but it is intelligent, which gives it a plus in my book.
Since I’m reviewing this close to Christmas, I think this would make a great gift for a family member, friend, or Bible study teacher. It’s a little big to be completely portable and won’t fit into a purse or glove compartment (if you’re looking for that sort of book) But I’m thankful that Thomas Nelson valued content over size for this volume.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program.