The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (author's abridged version) by Alfred Edersheim

“It is a mistake to regard everything in Talmudic writings about ‘the Gentiles’ as presently applying to Christians… That ‘the heathens’ of those days and lands should have been suspected of almost any abomination, deemed capable of any treachery or cruelty towards Israel—no student of history can deem strange…

“Secondly: We must remember the times, the education, and the general standpoint of that period as compared with our own. No one would measure the belief of Christians by certain statements in the Fathers, nor judge the moral principles of Roman Catholics by prurient quotations from the Casuists; nor yet estimate the Lutherans by the utterances and deeds of the early successors of Luther, nor Calvinists by the burning of Servetus. In all such cases the general standpoint of the times has to be first taken into account. And no educated Jew would share the follies and superstitions, nor yet sympathize with the suspicions or feelings towards even the most hostile and depraved heathens, that may be quoted from the Talmud.” - From the Preface.

Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.

Book Contents

  • About The Author
  • Titlepage
  • Preface
  • Contents
  • 1 The Annunciation Of John The Baptist,
  • 2 The Annunciation Of Jesus The Messiah, And The Birth Of His Forerunner.
  • 3 The Nativity Of Jesus The Messiah.
  • 4 The Purification Of The Virgin And The Presentation In The Temple.
  • 5 The Visit And Homage Of The Magi, And The Flight Into Egypt.
  • 6 The Child-life In Nazareth.
  • 7 In The House Of His Heavenly, And In The Home Of His Earthly Father—the Temple Of Jerusalem— The Retirement At Nazareth.
  • 8 A Voice In The Wilderness.
  • 9 The Baptism Of Jesus.
  • 10 The Temptation Of Jesus.
  • 11 The Deputation From Jerusalem—the Three Sects Of The Pharisees, Sadducees, And Essenes.
  • 12 The Twofold Testimony Of John—the First Sabbath Of Jesus’ Ministry—the First Sunday—the First Disciples.
  • 13 The Marriage-feast In Cana Of Galilee,
  • 14 The Cleansing Of The Temple.
  • 15 Jesus And Nicodemus.
  • 16 In Judea And Through Samaria.
  • 17 Jesus At The Well Of Sychar.
  • 18 The Cure Of The ‘nobleman’s’ Son At Capernaum.
  • 19 The Synagogue At Nazareth - Synagogue-worship And Arrangements.
  • 20 The First Galilean Ministry.
  • 21 At The ‘unknown’ Feast In Jerusalem, And By The Pool Of Bethesda.
  • 22 The Final Call Of The First Disciples, And The Miraculous Draught Of Fishes.
  • 23 A Sabbath In Capernaum.
  • 24 Second Journey Through Galilee-——the Healing Of The Leper.
  • 25 The Return To Capernaum—concerning The Forgiveness Of Sins—the Healing Of The Paralysed.
  • 26 The Call Of Matthew—rabbinic Theology As Regards The Doctrine Of Forgiveness In Contrast To The Gospel Of Christ—-the Call Of The Twelve Apostles.
  • 27 The Sermon On The Mount.
  • 28 The Healing Of The Centurion’s Servant.
  • 29 The Raising Of The Young Man Of Nain.
  • 30 The Woman Which Was A Sinner.
  • 31 The Ministering Women—the Return To Capernaum— Healing Of The Demonised Dumb——-pharisaic Charge Against Christ—the Visit Of Christ’s Mother And Brethren.
  • 32 The Parables To The People By The Lake Of Galilee, And Those To The Disciples In Capernaum.
  • 33 The Storm On The Lake Of Galilee.
  • 34 At Gerasa—the Healing Of The Demonised,
  • 35 The Healing Of The Woman—the Raising Of Jairus’ Daughter.
  • 36 Second Visit To Nazareth—the Mission Of The Twelve.
  • 37 The Baptists Last Testimony To Jesus, And His Beheading In Prison,
  • 38 The Miraculous Feeding Of The Five Thousand,
  • 39 The Night Of Miracles On The Lake Of Gennesaret.
  • 40 Concerning ‘ Purification, ‘ Hand-washing,’ And ‘ Vows.’
  • 41 The Great Crisis In Popular Feeling——-christ The Bread Of Life—‘ Will Ye Also Go Away ?’
  • 42 Jesus And The Syro-phcenician Woman,
  • 43 A Group Of Miracles Among A Semi-heathen Population,
  • 44 The Two Sabbath-controversies—the Plucking Of The Ears Of Corn By The Disciples, And The Healing Of The Man With The Withered Hand.
  • 45 The Feeding Of The Four Thousand—‘ The Sign From Heaven’
  • 46 The Great Confession The Great Commission
  • 47 The Transfiguration.
  • 48 The Morrow Of The Transfiguration.
  • 49 The Last Events In Galilee:—the Tribute-money, The Displte By The Way And The Forbidding Of Him Who Could Not Follow With The Disciples.
  • 50 The Journey To Jerusalem—first Incidents By The Way.
  • 51 The Mission And Return Of The Seventy—the Home At Bethany.
  • 52 At The Feast Of Tabernacles——first Discourse In The Temple.
  • 53 ‘in The Last, The Great Day Of The Feast.’
  • 54 Teaching In The Temple On The Octave Of The Feast Of Tabernacles.
  • 55 The Nealing Of The Man Born Blind.
  • 56 The ‘good Shepherd’,
  • 57 Discourse Concerning The Two Kingdoms,
  • 58 The Morning-meal In The Piiarisee’s House.
  • 59 To The Disciples—two Events And Their Moral.
  • 60 At The Feast Of The Dedication Of The Temple,
  • 61 The Second Series Of Parables—the Two Parables Of Him Who Is Neighbour To Us.
  • 62 The Three Parables Of Warning: The Foolish Rich Man—the Barren Fig-tree—the Great Supper.
  • 63 The Three Parables Of The Gospel: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Drachm, The Lost Son.
  • 64 The Unjust Steward—dives And Lazarus.
  • 65 The Three Last Parables Of The Perzan Series: The Unrighteous Judge—the Pharisee And The Publican —the Unmerciful Servant,
  • 66 Christ’s Discourses In Perea-—close Of The Perzan Ministry.
  • 67 The Death And The Raising Of Lazarus.
  • 68 On The Journey To Jerusalem—healing Of Ten Lepers —on Divorce—the Blessing To Little Children,
  • 69 The Last Incidents In Peraea—the Young Ruler Who Went Away Sorrowful—-prophecy Of Christ’s Passion —the Request Of Salome, And Of James And John.
  • 70 In Jericho—a Guest With Zacchaeus—the Healing Of Blind Bartimhus—at Bethany, And In The House Of Simon The Leper.
  • 71 The First Day In Passion-week-——-the Royal Entry Into Jerusalem.
  • 72 The Second Day In Passion-week—the Barren Fig-tree —the Cleansing Of The Temple-——-the Hosanna Of The Children,
  • 73 The Third Day In Passion-week—-the Question Of Christ’s Authority—the Question Of Tribute To Caesar—the Widow’s Farthing—the Greeks Who Sought To See Jesus.
  • 74 The Third Day In Passion-week—the Sadducees And The Resurrection—the Scribe And The Great Commandment—question To The Phariseks, And Final Warning Against Them.
  • 75 The Third Day In Passion-week—-the Last Series Of Parables: Of The Labourers In The Vineyard—of The Two Sons—of The Evil Husbandmen—of The Marriage Of The King’s Son And Of The Wedding Garment.
  • 76 The Evening Of The Third Day In Passion-week —discourse To Thi Disciples Concerning The Last Things.
  • 77 Evening Of The Third Day In Passion-week — Last Pararles: Of The Ten Virgins-—of The Talents— Of The Minas.
  • 78 The Fourth Day In Passion-week—-the Betrayal— Judas : His Character, Apostasy, And End.
  • 79 The Fifth Day In Passion-week—‘ Make Ready The Passover!’
  • 80 The Paschal Supper—The Institution Of The Lord’s Supper.
  • 81 The Last Discourses Of Christ—-the Prayer Of Consecration.
  • 82 Gethsemane.
  • 83 Thursday Night—before Annas And Caiaphas— Peter And Jesus.
  • 84 The Morning Of Good Friday.
  • 85 ‘Crucified, Dead, And Buried.’
  • 86 On The Resurrection Of Christ From The Dead.
  • 87 ‘On The Third Day He Rose Again From The Dead; He Ascended Into Heaven.’

Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2023
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
Alfred Edersheim
Alfred Edersheim

Studied at the University of Vienna and New College, Edinburgh. After finding faith in the Messiah, he was ordained in the Free Church of Scotland, and later the Church of England. His books continue to be highly influential in bringing to life the background and details of the Old Testament historical accounts. His “Church History” series is especially intended for students, young people, and anyone who desires to deepen their understanding of the Bible.