Norwegian American author Lois Tverberg kindly grants her readers complimentary Hebrew lessons in her latest book, 'Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, How the Jewish Words of Jesus can Change Your Life.' Eloquently and passionately written, the book is sprinkled with a range of common Hebrew words. Beyond the obvious see, pronounce, read and repeat method, Tverberg utilizes both cultural and spiritual pedagogy. She illustrates the meaning of words culturally--how do Western interpretations and translations differ from those in the East--as well as spiritually, how does an accurate understanding of Hebrew affect faith? Tverberg challenges the mind, broadens the heart and aims to mend the all too often gap that exists between faith, culture and history.
As noted in the beginning of her first chapter, "just as rain water comes down in drops and forms rivers, so with the Scriptures: one studies a bit today and some more tomorrow, until in time the understanding becomes like a flowing stream" (Songs of Songs Midrash Rabbah 2:8). So too it is with the Hebraic words of the most renowned and revered Israeli prayer, the Shema.
Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad.
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.