Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ by Alfred Edersheim

“Most earnestly then do I hope, that these pages may be found to cast some additional light on the New Testament, and that they will convey fresh evidence… of the truth of those things which are most surely believed among us.” - Alfred Edersheim, from the Introduction

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

Book Contents

  • About The Author
  • Titlepage
  • Preface.
  • Contents.
  • 1 Palestine Eighteen Centuries Ago.
  • 2 “Jews And Gentiles In “The Land.”
  • 3 In Galilee At The Time Of Our Lord.
  • 4 Travelling In Palestine—roads, Inns, Hospitality, Custom-house Officers, Taxation, Publicans.
  • 5 In Judaea.
  • 6 Jewish Homes.
  • 7 The Upbringing Of Jewish Children.
  • 8 Subjects Of Study. Home Education In Israel ; Female Education. Elementary Schools, Schoolmasters, And School Arrangements.
  • 9 Mothers, Daughters, And Wives In Israel.
  • 10 In Death And After Death.
  • 11 Jewish Views On Trade, Tradesmen, And Trades’ Guilds.
  • 12 Commerce.
  • 13 Among The People, And With The Pharisees.
  • 14 The “Fraternity” Of Pharisees.
  • 15 Relation Of The Pharisees To The Sadducees And Essenes, And To The Gospel Of Christ.
  • 16 Synagogues : Their Origin, Structure, And Outward Arrangements.
  • 17 The Worship Of The Synagogue.
  • 18 Brief Outline Of Ancient Jewish Theological Literature.
  • Appendix 1 Massecheth Middoth.
  • Appendix 2 Extracts From The Babylon Talmud.

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.