Modern Perspectives on Old Traditions

This weekend millions of people around the world will celebrate two of the most important religious holidays of the Abrahamic faiths: Passover and Easter. Learn more about history, faith, and experiences through these great reads.

To Tread on New Ground: Selected Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro
Edited by Carole B. Balin and Wendy I. Zierler
[Wayne State University Press]
Hava Shapiro is among the nearly forgotten Jewish women writers who sought acceptance in Jewish literary circles of the last century. Born in Slavuta (modern-day Ukraine) in 1878, she published works of fiction, memoir, literary criticism, and journalism, including a volume of short fiction and a scholarly monograph on the Czech leader Masaryk. Her handwritten diary—the first known diary to be kept by a woman in Hebrew—evokes not only the momentous events of her day but also the experiences of women like herself who failed to follow the dictates of Jewish tradition and aspired to roles beyond those of wife and mother…

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes
By Kenneth E. Bailey
[IVP Academic]
9780830875856 Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes
…Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationships with women, and especially Jesus’ parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context…

No Longer Silent
By Susan Dehn Matthews
[ACTA Publications]
9780879460037 No Longer Silent
The story of Jesus of Nazareth has been called “the greatest story ever told,” but what role do women play in that story? In No Longer Silent, author Susan Dehn Matthews attempts to highlight the women in the Gospels and provide the background behind those important women…

The First Easter Bunny
By Allison Schuetzler
[Publication Consultants]
9781594335044   The First Easter Bunny
The First Easter Bunny! A colorful array of watercolor illustrations with scripture references brings to life the unique story of Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his ascension into the heavens; all through the eyes of one small rabbit named Arnebeth. Included inside is a photograph of a real Israeli rock rabbit known as a hyrax just like Arnebeth!

Easter Story
By Rose Publishing
[Rose Publishing, Inc.]
9781596365681 Easter Story
…The Easter Story tells the most dramatic story in history. This eBook is drawn directly from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and tells the story of Jesus from the Last Supper and Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, to the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension — in 14 full-color pages…

Enter the Water Come to the Table
By John Mark Hicks
[Abilene Christian University Press]
9780891127161 Enter the Water Come to the Table
…Rooting this sacramental journey in the Exodus of Israel, this book shows how Jesus inaugurates a new Exodus from old creation into new creation. Jesus’ own baptism and table fellowship with his disciples embody the kingdom of God as new creation realities. And in light of Jesus’ death and resurrection, baptism and the Lord’s supper not only promise a future but they mediate a transforming experience of new life now.