Jerusalem, the temple, priests, and worshippers all come alive through Edersheim’s prose as well as through the more than 75 illustrations, charts, photos, and drawings in The Temple: Its Ministry and Services. Enhanced both aesthetically and practically, this edition of The Temple has no rival. This updated edition has been newly typeset in an easy-to-read, modern typeface. Now it is easier and more enjoyable than ever before to read, study, and consult this classic work.
Edersheim’s deep devotion to the authority of the Scriptures, his ability to make the Scriptures come alive in their ancient context, and his encyclopedic familiarity with ancient Jewish sources are all key components of this classic and timeless work. 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.
Alfred Edersheim (1825-89) was a Vienna-born biblical scholar who converted from Judaism to Christianity. A veteran minister and missionary to the Jews of Romania, Edersheim left an enduring and priceless legacy to followers of Christ. Among his most widely read works are The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, and Bible History Old Testament.