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Alfred Edersheim (7 March 1825 – 16 March 1889) was a Jewish convert to Christianity and a Biblical scholar known especially for his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (1883). This collection comes with four of his most popular titles:

  • The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
  • The Temple: Its Ministry and Services
  • Sketches of Jewish Social Life
  • Bible History Old Testament


This collection contains about 4,200 pages.


Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

One of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, Alfred Edersheim's The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah is 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.


Nineteen entries give valuable background material on Jewish history, tradition, and law. Covers such diverse topics as the date of the Nativity, the New Testament Pseudepigrapha ("false writings") and Apocryphal gospels, and Jewish angelology and demonology.

Edersheim puts the events of Jesus' life and ministry into their historical, social, and cultural context, including extensive references to early Jewish and rabbinical sources.

The Temple: Its Ministry and Services

Citations from Scripture, rabbinic sources, and the works of Philo and Josephus enhance the reader's understanding of the temple, its sacrifices, ministry, personnel, and services. These materials complement Edersheim's discussion, clarify difficult passages, and illumine the reader as to the true, spiritual meaning of the temple and its services. This edition brings a wealth of information together in the margins, providing a unique entree into the primary sources of the ancient world.


Sketches of Jewish Social Life


In this volume, Rev. Alfred Edersheim transports the reader into the land of Palestine at the time of Jesus and the apostles in order to show as vividly as possible the setting of the New Testament—the landscape, persons, events, habits, modes of thinking, and practices of teaching and worship.


Bible History: Old Testament


In this enduring classic, Alfred Edersheim explores the broad sweep of Old Testament history. He brings to his work his immense learning and familiarity with Judaism, as well as his love for Scripture and his desire for every Christian to know and understand the story of God's redemptive work in history. An excellent resource for Sunday-school teachers, the advanced scholar, and the Bible-class.


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