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About the Author

Alfred Edersheim (1825-89) was a Vienna-born biblical scholar who converted from Judaism to Christianity. A veteran minister and missionary to the Jews of Romania, Edersheim left an enduring and priceless legacy to followers of Christ. Among his most widely read works are The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, and Bible History Old Testament.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; 1st edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565638263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565638266
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book arriver very quickly.
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Great Jewish scholar Alfred Edersheim believed in Jesus of Nazareth a his Messiah.
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This book is very informative and a delight to read.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Harp on January 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful book--it is well written, organized well in a format that allows for relatively quick reference, and just plain has a lot of information in it.

Edersheim was a Messianic Jew who lived during the 1800's. He was a phenomenal scholar, which he proves again in this book. This book is riddled with citations to the Talmud, Josephus, and many other early sources. By Edersheim's own admission, he omits as many footnotes as he can--and there are still more footnotes than most books written today!

That said, I suspect it is not the book for everyone. First of all, it is written from a Christian perspective. Edersheim shows, very effectively, how Christ fulfilled all that the Temple portrayed. To do this, there are some discussions that many people will find simply boring (I found most of them fascinating). Also, it is worth noting that this book was first published in 1874--and the Edersheim's writing style is thus outdated by over a century. If that doesn't bother you, then great--pick up the book. Or, if you don't plan on actually reading the book cover to cover, but would like a good reference, this would be a good book as well. If, on the other hand, you don't enjoy reading 19th-century language, this book may be sufficiently painful enough for you that you should pass it up.

However--and a big however--if you're not sure whether you would like this book, get it anyway. It's a great book.

Edersheim takes the reader throughout the first-century Temple, illuminating many things that are not commonly known. The book has some very detailed information in it, details not known to most people. These details bring to light many of the themes of the New Testament, and helps the reader understand exactly what was meant in a given passage.

For a better understanding of the Temple in the times of Christ, this book is superb--but like I said, probably not for the faint of heart.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huffstedtler VINE VOICE on July 13, 2003
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In this book, Edersheim does a brilliant job of organising the various details of first century worship in the Jewish temple, making it accessible to the modern reader. The first few chapters describe the physical setting and furnishing of Jerusalem and the temple.
After providing that, Edersheim systematically explains the various categories of offerings (burnt offerings, sin offerings, peace offerings, &c.) and the Jewish festival cycle. He relies both on the commandments as given in the torah, and the subsequent traditions which grew up in post-exilic Jewish worship to explain things as they were when the New Testament was written. When appropriate, some space is devoted to differences of opinion amongst the various rabbinical schools.
Numerous footnotes referencing scripture and various tracts in the Mishnah are provided, but so many as to be distracting.
The only real criticism I have of the book is that it is over 100 years old. One suspects that research within the last century might expand or clarify sections. Also, monetary equivalents are given relative to British Pounds Sterling of the 19th century; not particularly helpful.
I would also offer a caveat. I bought mine used, and did not get the edition with the pictures and illustrations - so be careful to make sure you get the edition you intend.
All things considered, it's a must-have book for anyone who wants to understand the numerous temple references in the New Testament.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. McAlees on July 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Edersheim is not the easiest to read. The gold is there it just takes time and patience to pan for it. I personally would not be without his works but unless you are accustomed to reading "dated" works this might be difficult. His sentences can get involved. It is not anachronistic, but some might appreciate more modern findings and writers. Those not used to reading what would, by some, be termed dry works might start with something else. He led the way for others to follow in contemporary history and the social settings of the days of Jesus and as such deserves to be read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for foundational learning in Bible study. It presents the Temple as it was in the time of Solomon and in the context of the Mosaic Law. It relates that Temple to the ministry of Jesus and how all that He did was set within the context of atonement, sacrifice and worship of the One True G-d.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lynne M. Whelden on April 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I echo the one thought of the first reviewer. Don't make the mistake I did of getting the cheaper used book. I truly thought I was getting the latest edition. Nope. This was the early edition with NO pictures. On top of that the writing style is antiquated. All of this has been improved in the 1997 edition with its numerous illustrations and updates on the archeology as well as modern english useage.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valasek on May 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mostly concerned with the Temple services at the time of Jesus Christ, this beloved author takes a look at most of the ceremonial and social happenings at the Temple in Jerusalem. His interest is clearly the exegesis of New Testament passages and their relevance to the Temple language. Many readers can certainly benefit from a reading of this book, being able to read their Bibles in a much more accurate context. One can just picture the expressions on the crowds and Pharisee's faces as Christ made use of Temple symbolism is regard to himself. Another area which I thought the author did a fine job of commentary on was his exposition on the differences and additions to the ceremonies Moses and the early Israelites would have kept, something modern Christianity does not appreciate in its constant attack on Torah. The authors appreciation of the Hebraic culture is obvious and his striving for reconciliation between the two religious systems is certainly applied. This book has stood the test of time and appears to have the strength to remain a classic.
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