Sketches of Jewish Social Life by Alfred Edersheim

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What was the Middle East like at the time of Jesus’ life?

Who inhabited this area? Where did people work? How did they travel? What did people live in?

Drawing upon Jewish, Roman, Greek and Christian texts Alfred Edersheim reconstructs a vivid image of life in Galilee, Jerusalem and Judea at 0 A.D.

Edersheim’s study covers a wide variety of subjects with chapters covering from how Jewish children were brought up to the position of various members of society, from women through to the Pharisees.

Written in accessible prose it is one of the most fascinating social histories of Jewish people to have ever been written.

Although this area had lost its independence to the Romans in the 1st century B. C. it was thriving under leaders like Herod the Great who were implementing monumental change, such as the expansion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Edersheim’s work therefore captures the life of a Jewish kingdom, that although was under the control of the Romans, still upheld a great deal of independence and had not yet begun to feel the full force of Christianity.

Alfred Edersheim was a biblical scholar and a Jewish convert to Christianity. His other famous works include The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah and The Temple and its Ministry and Services. This book was published in 1876 and he died in 1889.

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Published April 29, 2010 297 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction