Behind the Scenes with David and Bathsheba.
By exploring the ancestry of Jesus, in the series Ancestry.Jesus, we will expand our knowledge of our Christian-Jewish roots through the exploration of the ancient characters of the Hebrew Bible that make up Jesus’ family tree.
In this installment of the Ancestry.Jesus series, we will go ‘behind the scenes’ with David and Bathsheba and look at their lives from a Jewish perspective, putting everything into the context of the day. Furthermore, we will view their lives as was seen through their eyes as well as their descendant, Mary, the mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
By viewing David’s epic story in the context of the ancient Jewish culture, we will more fully understand how Mary, the mother of Jesus, would have viewed her famous ancestors and how David and Bathsheba’s life story impacted her own.
Interestingly, we will also see how many parallels can be drawn from David’s and Bathsheba’s life experiences to our own lives as well, even though we live nearly three-thousands years later. Through looking at David and Bathsheba in the context of the day, we will see how their lives served God’s glorious purpose, fitting into His Divine Masterplan, which points forward to our eternal Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is the intent of this book to help us comprehend David’s story as would have been understood by Mary, a devout Jewish young woman who had been schooled in the Torah, the Tanakh, and Mosaic culture and law. Descending from the line of Judah and on through David, the renowned King of Israel, Mary would have been keenly aware of her ancestors, due to the keeping of accurate records which had existed for centuries. She also would have put their stories into context and understood them in a different light than the reader of today.
Through a greater comprehension of David’s story from a Jewish perspective, we, in turn, will discover more about our own Jewish-Christian roots, and gain greater insight about what God is trying to tell us through His Word.
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Jana Jones McDowell DVM, DAVCA, DAVECC, has spent a lifetime practicing Veterinary Medicine and former Professor at a College of Veterinary Medicine.
A Christian, Dr. Jones, began her research into Biblical studies several years ago, focusing on “context.”
Her research revolves around the “context,” with the study and application of the Judaica Books of the Prophets and the Hagiographa (A new English translation of the Hebrew Masoretic text and commentaries by Rashi and other Rabbinical scholars), and the books of the Midrash Rabbah. The basis of this was the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible with application to the origins of Christianity.
Dr. Jones-McDowell continues her research on the Jewish roots of Christianity as a student of the Israel Bible Center.
Dr. Jones-McDowell and her husband reside in the southwest with their horses, a Bengal cat named Ravi and their border collie, Sarah.