Recommended Book: In Their Sandals
I was just reminded of a book that I read last year that I intended to mention here. David Hansen's In Their Sandals is a helpful work in thinking through different aspects of Jesus' ministry from a fresh perspective. Hansen is driven to understand Jesus in his original context, thus avoiding some of the pitfalls that beset us when reading the Gospels from such a great distance. Among the stories that he considers are the woman at the well, the feeding of the 4,000, the penitent thief, and the writing on the ground. Hansen makes his points clearly and concisely, and I enjoyed being provoked along the way. I certainly recommend the book for those seeing to better understand the ministry of Christ in the context of the land.