Understanding Jesus - Joe Amaral

Understanding Jesus

By Joe Amaral

  • Release Date: 2011-09-10
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings


Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ's life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, author Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographical distance and over two thousand years of history. Using a chronological approach to the life of Christ, he guides the reader through significant events such as Jesus' birth, baptism, and crucifixion, pointing out illuminating details that that the Western mind would normally miss.
Amaral's premise is that to understand Jesus, we must understand the time and place in which he was born, the background from which he drew his illustrations, and the audience he spoke to. Throughout the book he explores specific terms, places, and events for their significance and shows how they add richness and meaning to the text. Topics include the connection between Jesus and John the Baptist, the annual Feasts and why they are important to modern Christianity, Jewish customs such as foot-washing, clean and unclean foods, paying tribute to political governments, and the significance of various miracles.
In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Amaral draws back the curtain on a way of life that existed during the reign of the Caesars, and in doing so, reveals truths about the way we live more than two thousand years later, half a world away.


  • Execellent insight on the Jewish background of Jesus.

    By Rugreno
    Highly recommended and easily to read. After reading this book you will have a far greater understanding of our Savior. As Christians, we miss out on the influence of Jewish culture in the Jesus’ life. Gods order is deeply embedded in Jewish culture. God bless Joe Amaral for bringing light on this subject. It is much needed in the Christian community.