Brief Review: First Two Books in the “Ancient Context, Ancient Faith” Series [Vol. 2, #30]
Jul 11, Susan Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-non-fiction. The Bible and the Land by Gary Burge is a short book that contains main valuable insights into the land of Israel from a biblical perspective. It covers seven topics: the land, wilderness, shepherds, rock, water, bread and names. Each of these topics has a different cultural understanding attached to it that is unfamiliar to those of us who live in the West. I was surprised after reading the Bible and various commentaries for years, plus going to Israel myself, that Gary Burge was able to enlight The Bible and the Land by Gary Burge is a short book that contains main valuable insights into the land of Israel from a biblical perspective.
I was surprised after reading the Bible and various commentaries for years, plus going to Israel myself, that Gary Burge was able to enlighten me on so many incidences in the Bible.
The Bible and the Land: Gary Burge |
When we have more insight into the cultural setting of the Biblical stories we are able to understand at a deeper level the point God is making through the Biblical writers. Suddenly little things can open up a new level of understanding. As an example, I have always thought it odd that Mark tells us that the crowds sat down on "green" grass Mark It always seemed to me an unnecessary adjective.
Yet Gary points out in Mark how the people are described as sheep in need of a shepherd and by using the word green he has connected it with the "green pastures" of Psalm Gary's insight also helped me better understand God's purposes in giving his people the land of Israel. It is not an easy land with an uncertain water supply, dangerous wilderness and unruly neighbours yet God uses the land to teach his people many important spiritual lessons that we can still apply today.
A fascinating read with great photos and art work. Aug 23, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: christian , non-fiction. It started off by describing the land of Israel and discussed why the author thought God brought them there instead of another land. He then discussed the Biblical motifs of the wilderness, shepherds, rocks, water, bread, and names.
He described what they would have meant to the Jews at the time to help readers better understand what Jesus and the Bible writers were conveying to their audience.
tax-marusa.com/order/kuvunaho/espionner-un-portable-juste-avec-son-numero.php I felt the Name section was missing some important information needed to fully understand "the name of" statements in the Bible. However, the Shepherds, Rock, Water, and Bread sections were excellent, insightful, and provided some enlightening information I hadn't heard before. The author often talked about Jewish traditions, which gives the reader a good view of what the Jews believed in Jesus day.
However, the author often didn't point out that the Jewish traditions he referred to usually put an emphasis in a different place than the Bible does. It's not a major concern, just a warning to read these sections with discernment. The book contained lovely color photographs that illustrated what the text was referring to. It was a quick read and easy to understand. Overall, I'd recommend this to those who want a better understanding of the context of the Bible and Jesus' teachings--both readers who don't have time to read longer books and those who can't get enough of this type of information.
Jul 03, Andrew rated it really liked it. A very good introduction to the Bible's tie to the lands of its stories. I would highly recommend this for someone about to visit Israel. Dec 25, Mark Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: bible-background , format-logos , ratinggood. Jun 18, Brent Barnard rated it really liked it.
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