The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah remains a magnificent reference to the historical and cultural setting to the days of Jesus of Nazareth. Although written some 70 years prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Edersheim's great work still offers highly valuable information and insight on the Gospels and related events. One of the more striking features of the book is the appendix list of 400+ Old Testament passages which were tagged by the ancient rabbis as being messianically applied. An absolute must for anyone who wish to study the Jewish expectations of the Messiah surrounding the days when the Nazarene Carpentar walked the Earth. Place this vintage masterpiece in your library, and you will find yourself going back to it time and time again.Publishers Description
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.
Valuable background material on Jewish history, tradition, and law
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.3" Height: 2.1"
Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1993
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
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|Messiah's Life and Times plus more! Jan 14, 2007|
|The edition of "The Life and Times of Jesus Christ the Messiah" that I am reviewing is the third edition printed in 1995. It is a burgundy hard cover with gold lettering.This may be the most thorough,comprehensive book about the land and times of Jesus. It covers religious thought and politics of the day.What the Messianic expectations were.This is a very detailed and well-documented chronicle of the Messiah's life.The Appendices in the back of the book are the best I have read.Mr.Edersheim also covers such topics as:Pseudigraphic Writings-Enoch,Jubilees,Apocalypse of Baruch are some.Rabbinic views,theology,and literature.Lists of the Maccabees,Family of Herod,and Roman govt leaders.The Law in Messianic times.Jewish Angelology and demonology.The Jewish history of exorcisms was interesting.The Fall of Angels.Some very helpful tools also found in the back of this book are the Subject Index,Scripture Index,and maps.I have read "the Complete Works of Josephus". This book is much better in my opinion! It covers a lot more ground and would make a great reference tool.|
|A Rough Read, Dated Scholarship Sep 16, 2006|
|This has been the standard work on the life of Christ for decades. It has some good insights into the life of Jesus, and it will help pastors and teachers of the Word in their search for information that will preach.|
The book has some weaknesses that keeps it from being the top contemporary resource on the life of Jesus. Number one: The book is not easy to read. It is technical and tedious, and demands alot from the reader.
Number two: Edersheim operates under the assumption that everything he knows about Talmudic tradition was also true in the first century, and we simply do not know if this was the case.
Number three: The scholarship in this book is more than a hundred years old. I think the best features of the book are the preaching tidbits sprinkled throughout the volume.
Having said all that,I think that if you are looking for the best Jesus biography, you'd be better served with Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg. The scholarship is recent, the prose is engaging, and the volume compresses an amazing amount of information in its 450 pages. Buy that book, along with Darrell Bock's Jesus According to Scripture and Ben Witherington's The Christology of Jesus, and you should have everything you need.
|In depth and concise Jul 4, 2006|
| In depth and concise I think Alfred Edersheim is brilliant and its evident in his book The life and times of Jesus messiah. He goes into great detail and gives us a Jewish understanding of the synoptic gospels. If one wants to truly relate to the apostles then this book is a must read.|
|excellent reading Dec 10, 2005|
|this is the best book i have ever read on jesus other than the bible. this man was very knowledgeable about his subject. he was also very familiar with his subject [jesus] as you will see when you read this book. no christian should be without this book in his library.|
|The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah - Edersheim Jul 28, 2005|
|I was given a copy of the above referenced book as a birthday gift in 1990. I began reading it in 1992 and completed it within 3 months. I picked up the book again in 1998 and have read it, in its entirety, at least once a year since then. I truly consider myself more then a casual reader of this magnificent work! That being said, my review...|
For the believing Christian, this is a must read. For the skeptic, consider yourself remiss to overlook this book and for the Non-believer, this work will renovate your thinking. Edersheim has put together a true masterpiece herein. His depth of research on the subject matter is totally comprehensive. A commitment of 7 years, in almost complete solitude, was made to the writing of this book by he and his daughter.
Literally thousands of footnotes, drawn from nearly every major Jewish writing of the time, are listed on the pages of this book indicating the intense discipline and scholarly effort enforced by the writer. An impression of truth and trustworthiness almost overwhelms readers as they have literally noted in conversation with me as I have passed this book along to many friends and acquaintances.
This book is a bon-a-fide "best effort" to set before it's readers the daily foot steps of Jesus of Nazareth so that His words and works may bring us to an understanding of Jesus The Messiah that will blaze with a brightness that will light every other understanding.
Finally, to put oneself to the task of completing this book is an undertaking. However, as noted by Edersheim himself, we are called to look upon Jesus with intent and resolve before we will see him as the "God-Man". ( St. John 6:40)
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