Alfred Edersheim’s “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah”
It is one of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, and a storehouse of information on the background of the New Testament. This classic work successfully portrays the streets, the marketplaces, the religious conflicts, the people, and the places of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Edersheim divides his work into five sections, or books:
Book 1 “The Preparation for the Gospel”
Introductory historical, religious, political, and cultural material based on the author’s extensive knowledge of Jewish lore and customs.
Book 2 “From Bethlehem to Jordan”
The background of Herod and his reign, St. John the Baptist and his message, and the birth and baptism of Jesus.
Book 3 “From Jordan to the Mount of Transfiguration”
Thirty-seven chapters explore the miracles and teachings of Jesus’ early ministry.
Book 4 “The Descent into the Valley of Humiliation”
A history of the latter part of Jesus’ ministry from the Transfiguration to the journey to Jerusalem.
Book 5 “The Cross and the Crown”
A chronicle of each day of Passion Week, from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.
Valuable background material on Jewish history, tradition, and law”
Alfred Edersheim was born in Vienna March 7, 1825 of Jewish parents of culture and wealth. English was spoken in their home, and he became fluent at an early age. He was educated at a local gymnasium and also in the Talmud and Torah at a Hebrew school, and in 1841 he entered the University of Vienna. His father suffered illness and financial reversals before Alfred could complete his university education, and he had to support himself.
Edersheim emigrated to Hungary and became a teacher of languages. He converted to Christianity in Pest when he came under the influence of John Duncan, a Free Church of Scotland chaplain to workmen engaged in constructing a bridge over the Danube. Edersheim accompanied Duncan on his return to Scotland and studied theology at New College, Edinburgh and at the University of Berlin. In 1846 Alfred was married to Mary Broomfield. They had seven children. In the same year he was ordained to the ministry in the Free Church of Scotland. He was a missionary to the Jews at Iasi, Romania for a year.
On his return to Scotland, after preaching for a time in Aberdeen, Edersheim was appointed in 1849 to minister at the Free Church, Old Aberdeen. Except for some years when he was laid aside with health problems Edersheim ministered in Scotland and England until his death in Menton, France, on 16 March 1889.
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Index to Contents
Allix – Eccesiastical History of Churches of Albigences
Arnaud – Glorious Recovery by Vaudois
Benedict – General History of Baptist Denomination
Bliss – Analysis Of Sacred Chronology
Bangs – History of the Methodist Church
Brown – The Tabernacle, Its Priests and Services
Conybeare and Howson – Life and Epistles of St. Paul
D’Aubigne – History of the Reformation of 16th Century
D’Aubigne – History of the Reformation in the Time of Calvin
D’Aubine – The Protector
Edersheim – Old Testament Bible History
Edersheim – Sketches of Jewish Life
Edersheim – The Temple, Its Ministry and Services
Edersheim – The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah
Faber – History of Vallenses and Albigences
Foxe – Acts and Monuments
Foxe – Book of Martyrs
Geddes – The Church History of Ethopia
Gibbon – Decline and Fall of Roman Empire
Hagstotz – Heros of the Reformation
Hefele – History of the Church Councils
Hetherington – History of the Westminster
Heylyn – Ecclesia Restaurata
Jones – History of the Christian Church
Knox – History of Reformation Within Scotland
M’Crie – The Reformation in Spain
Miller – Miller’s Church History
Perrin – History of the Ancient Christians
Poggius – Hus The Heretic
Schaff – History of the Christian Church
Smiles – Huguenots in England and Ireland
Strype – Annals of the Reformation
Thomson – A Cloud of Witnesses
Whitson – The Works of Josephus
Wilkinson – Truth Triumphant
Wetzel – Chronology of Biblical Christianity
Wylie – The History of Protestantism
Wylie – History Of The Scottish Nation
Yonge – The Works of Philo
Clarke – Life of Adam Clarke – Autobiography
Clarke – The Life of Adam Clarke – Biography
Finney – Charles G. Finney An Autobiography
Unknown – The Life of John Flavel
Fox – George Fox, An Autobiography
M’Crie – The Life of John Knox
Melancthon – The Life and Acts of Martin Luther
Moody – The Life of Dwight L. Moody – Biography
Thomson – The Life of John Owen
Allen – Life Story of C. H. Spurgeon
Wesley – Biography of John Wesley – Dobree
Arnaud Photo Gallery
Foxe – Acts and Monuments Photo Gallery
John Knox Photo Gallery
Thomson – Cloud of Witnesses Photo Gallery
J. A. Wylie Photo Gallery