About me

lois-tverberg-sml.jpglois-tverberg-sml.jpglois-tverberg-sml.jpgI’ve always enjoyed discovering the answers to head-scratching questions and sharing the “ah-hah” moments with others. For years I did this as a professor of Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where I taught physiology and molecular & cell biology. I received my Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Iowa in 1993 and then taught and did research for seven years.

About thirteen years ago I also began studying the Bible in its historical context. All of a sudden I started finding answers to questions that had bothered me for ages, and many insights that deepened my faith. I’ve since traveled to Israel several times on land study trips, and also taken courses in Hebrew and Greek.

In January 2001 I left Hope to form a ministry called the En-Gedi Resource Center, which had the goal of teaching Christians about the Bible in its cultural context.  We hosted seminars, taught in churches and coordinated study trips to Israel, and also published books and audio/video materials. Many of my articles are still on the En-Gedi website (www.egrc.net). In 2004 we published a book of my writing called Listening to the Language of the Bible and later a Companion Study Guide for that book.  In 2006 I edited New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus: Insights from His Jewish Context, by David Bivin.

In January 2007, I became independent of En-Gedi and am now a free-lance writer. My first book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, co-authored with Ann Spangler, will be released by Zondervan in March 2009. After that, I’ll be writing another book for Zondervan on Bible study insights from Hebrew Words. I am also helping input on the development of an innovative Hebrew course at Western Theological Seminary, in Holland, Michigan, where I live.

Never married, I’m the youngest of seven children. Many of my family are in Minnesota. The name Tverberg (“tuh-VER-berg”) is of Norwegian descent, and I’m 100% Norwegian on both sides. I grew up saying “Uff-da” and living a life that would provide Garrison Keeler with many a laugh. For fun I enjoy gardening and handicrafts.

When I’m not at home writing with my three cats curled up around me, or out having coffee and a great conversation with a friend, I’m often visiting family, doing my best to be a loving daughter, sister and aunt.

Published on August 16, 2007 at 9:38 pm  Comments (10)  

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  1. Dear my Sister Lois,
    Grace and peace to you from God our father and Christ Jesus our Lord and saviour.

    I was very, very excited and glad that I run into your website of Life at the wellspring.

    I always missed your write ups you used to write through En-gedi.
    All over a sudden you went silent. I last time met you in Western Seminary, but it was at a normal American rush, rush hours and we could not meet at talk. I am one of those who enjoy reading your devotional writings. Remember, most of hebrew culcure are cousins with our African Culture!!!! sounds funny, yet close to true.

    I thereforem would like to continue to be in touch with you especially, for those devotionals.
    My Counseling Center is called BETHESDA Counseling Ministries Uganda. Could you get me more Hebrew profile about “BETHESDA” I will be very glad to hear from you,


  2. Lois,

    Greetings from Los Angeles. I’m a little slow on the draw and just learned that you’re “on your own now.” Many thanks for your great work with En-Gendi – I look forward to seeing your books from Zondervan.

    Ever get to LA?

    It’s warm and sunny here! ha!

    Blessings …


  3. Hi Lois!

    Your book “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus” is an extraordinary work! Thank you so much for this tremendous blessing. I will cherish it always.

    Hope you are well. How many years has it been since we were together in Israel?


    Stay Dusty,

    Todd Lanting

  4. Dear Lois,

    If I had the resources, I would get “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus” in the hands of everyone I know!
    For now, I am purchasing one or two copies at a time as I can.

    A “thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough to express how much appreciation I have that you and Ann have written this book. You are addressing the “whys” and opening up the Scriptures to me.

    Thank you for opening a door to the Word and letting me sit at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, just like I am there with Him in the Scriptures. I love Him, and I am gleaning so much from His teaching because of you.


  5. Hi there! I just popped into your blog (for the first time). I am Norwegian too, but from the kingdom of Norway – not “New Norway” in Minnesota. I have been living in the USA for almost 2 years now, and I’m just as proud to be an American as I am proud to be Norwegian. G-d bless you, and it was cool to see that you have your roots in the beautiful Land of the Midnight Sun. In Yeshua, Kent

  6. Dear Lois – thank you for such wonderful teaching. Please would you do an article on “woman teachers” from a biblical view point. There are main current views, but what was the thinking in biblical times?

  7. I think I read somewhere that the disciples sleeping in the garden at Jesus’ greatest time of need had something to do with the religious traditions they had been taking part in which involved the drinking of wine and their inability to stay awake was influenced by that… If that is true, I’ve never heard that taught before and it is a great parallel to religious tradition today sometimes putting us to sleep about what really matters… I may use this analogy but want to make sure its accurate.. Help!


  8. What a blessing…where did you go??

  9. I experienced similar curious searches 2004 – 10. I lack writers skills, but attempted a book referencing O.T. Jewish background history coupled with how Romans changed our concept in worship. My discoveries frustrated me as I was awakened to many truths and not taught today. The Appointed Feasts are a major timetable of Adonoi God. I also stumbled by study how to calculate the exact time of Jesus birth. I would love to meet and share. I live Kentwood Mi. Your exprience much

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