The Temple
Its Ministry and Services as They Were at the Time of Jesus Christ.
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  • Brings to life the cultural world of Jesus and the Apostles
  • Includes citations to the works of Philo and Josephus, rabbinic sources and to the Bible itself
  • Illuminates the true meaning of the Temple and its services

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First published in the 1880's, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, This classic work focuses on the significance of the Temple in Jerusalem and it's importance to both Christians and Jews alike. Edersheim provides a thorough study of the physical appearance of the temple, its ordinances, and worshipers, the ministry of its priesthood, and the ritual of its services.

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: The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Sketches of Jewish Social Life and Bible History Old Testament.


A singularly helpful work by a Christian Jewish scholar. Provides essential information pertaining to the Temple in the time of Christ.
Cyril J. Barber, The Minister's Library