Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
By: Alfred Edersheim
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  • One of the best known works on the life of Christ
  • Named as one of the 850 Books for Biblical Expositors by the Master's Seminary

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First published in the 1880's, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah is one of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, This classic work brings to life the streets, the marketplaces, the religious conflicts, the people, and the places of Jesus' earthly ministry.

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah is divided into five books:

  • 1. The Preparation for the Gospel
  • 2. From Bethlehem to Jordan
  • 3. From Jordan to the Mount of Transfiguration
  • 4. The Descent into the Valley of Humiliation
  • 5. The Cross and the Crown

About the Author
Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) was born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents, and was brought up in the Talmudic traditions and customs of the Jewish faith. He was converted to Christianity in Budapest through the ministry of a Scottish missionary, John Duncan. When Duncan was appointed professor of Hebrew in New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1843, Edersheim accompanied him and enrolled as a student.

After studying at the University of Berlin, Edersheim became a minister—first Presbyterian, later Church of England. He served from 1846 to 1849 as a missionary to Jews in Romania. From 1849 to 1882 he was pastor of several churches in Great Britain.

Edersheim's unique position as a scholar trained in both the Jewish and the Christian traditions including all the Biblical languages and his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture and religious beliefs in early first century Roman-ruled Judea made him quite an authority on all things Biblical.

Some of Alfred Edersheim's most widely read works are: Bible History Old Testament, Sketches of Jewish Social Life and The Temple: Its Ministry and Services.


The most important general work on the life of Christ in our language.
Dr. Wilbur Smith(1894-1976), author
The classic work to which all modern treatments are indebted. No pastor should be without this magisterial work.
Cyril J Barber, The Minister's Library
As for books on the life of Christ. Alfred Edersheim stands at the head of the line.
Warren Wiersbe, author
A scholarly work full of helpful matter and especially valuable because of the author;s knowledge of Jewish lore and customs.
W J Grier, The Best Books