An impartial historical account regarding the state of society, trade, commerce, agriculture, arts, science, theology etc. during the first centuries of the Christian era.
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 The Temple: Its Ministry and Services.
This work remains a standard work on the history of the Jewish nation from the first to the nineteenth centuries. Of particular value for the light it throws on the gospels, the book of Acts, and subsequent church history.