One of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, Alfred Edersheim's The Life and Times of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is a storehouse of information on the background of the New Testament. This classic work successfully portrays the streets, marketplaces, religious conflicts, the people, and places of Yeshua (Jesus)' earthly ministry.
From the Preface:
"Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) was born in Vienna to Jewish parents and was converted to Christianity as a young man under the influence of a Scottish Presbyterian chaplain while studying in England. He also studied Theology at Edinburgh and Berlin. He was one of the leading authorities of his time regarding the doctrines and practices of Judaism in the centuries preceding and during the early Christian era."
Anyone who wants to study the word of God and gain rich insight into the Jewish roots of the Christian faith should ensure they have this on their bookshelf. Edersheim, is a learned scholar who has an incredible grasp of all the texts from around the time of Yeshua (Jesus), such as the Hebrew scriptures, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and so on. In a few pages, he gives you information that will blow your mind.
It is a comprehensive book, that you are unlikely to read from cover to cover, but you will dip into at various times, and be enriched by each sentence you read. Edersheim covers the whole of Yeshua (Jesus)' life in this magnanimous volume.
I have used this book for a variety of subjects, from learning about the Temple in the time of Yeshua (Jesus), and its historical and spiritual significance, to looking at the Jewish expectation of the Messiah, and the Rabbinical understanding of the Hebrew prophecies. Edersheim pays attention to detail, so if you are looking for pearls, and a deeper understanding of the Scriptures, this book is for you.
Eternity magazine says:
'The most remarkable and eloquent narrative and interpretation of the life of Christ both for the general reader and the most advanced student... unequalled.'
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