- Hardcover: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; Updated edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156563165X
- ISBN-13: 978-1565631656
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bible History: Old Testament Hardcover – April 1, 1995
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From the Back Cover
In his Preface to this classic work on the Old Testament, Alfred Edersheim describes his purposes and intended audience. Edersheim wrote this volume for "those who teach and those who learn....to furnish what may be useful for reading in the family...not only to show them what the Bible really teaches, but to defend them against the insidious attacks arising from misrepresentation and misunderstanding of the sacred text". Further, Edersheim wrote this work "in a form so popular and easily intelligible as to be of use to the Sunday-school teacher, the advanced scholar, and the Bible-class, progressing gradually from the more simple to the more detailed". The Scripture narrative is discussed according to the order of the books of the Bible, chapter by chapter, with biblical references clearly marked to enable the reader to easily find the passages being explained.
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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This is not a verse by verse commentary, but it does give excellent insight into the background and customs of the Old Testament times and cultures.
"And so when at last we come to the close of Scripture, we see how the account of the creation and of the first calling of the children of God, which had been recorded in the book of Genesis, has found its full counterpart--its fulfillment--in the book of Revelation, which tells the glories of the second creation, and the perfecting of the Church of God."
"It is scarcely possible to imagine a greater contrast than between the heathen accounts of the origin of all things and the scriptural narrative. ...Some have imagined that the six days of creation represent so many periods, rather than literal days, chiefly on the ground of the supposed high antiquity of our globe, and the various great epochs or periods, each terminating in a grand revolution, through which our earth seems to have passed, before coming to its present state, when it became a fit habitation for man. There is, however, no need to resort to any such theory."
"Though it needs not such indirect confirmations to convince us of the truth of the narratives in the Bible, it is very remarkable how all historical investigations, when really completed and rightly applied, confirm the exactness of what is recorded in the Holy Scriptures. But their chief value to us must always be this, that they tell us of that Ark which alone rides on the waters of the deluge, and preserves for ever safe them who are 'shut in' there by the hand of Jehovah."
"Regarding the division of earth among his three sons, it may be said generally, that Asia was given to Shem, Africa to Ham, and Europe to Japheth."
"A MODERN German writer has well said: 'The birth of heathenism may be dated from the moment when the presumptuous statement was uttered, 'Go to, let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name.' Even Josephus, the ancient Jewish historian, regards Nimrod as the father of heathenism, the characteristic of which is to find strength and happiness in sin, and not in God. Its essential principle is to reject all that is not seen, and to cling to that which is temporal."
"...if the year of creation be computed at 4004 before Christ, the deluge, which happened 1656 years later, would fall in the year 2348 B.C....the Hebrew text contains the true chronology...This may suffice on a matter which has engaged only too much discussion. It is far more important to think of the kingdom of God, the history of which is given us in the Holy Scriptures; for now we are at the beginning of its real appearance."
"For profanity consists in this: for the sensual gratification or amusement of the moment to give up that which is spiritual and unseen; to be careless of that which is holy, so as to snatch the present enjoyment, -- in short, practically not to deem anything holy at all, if it stands in the way of present pleasure."
"And in this lies the mystery of Divine Providence, that it always worketh wonders, yet without seeming to work at all -- whence also it so often escapes the observation of men. Silently, and unobserved by those who live and act, it pursues its course, till in the end all things are seen 'to work together' for the glory of God, and 'for good to them that love God, that are the called according to His purpose.'"