Alfred Edersheim believed that some knowledge of ancient
Jewish society was necessary for the general reader of the New Testament
to fully understand Jesus' life and works. Edersheim's The Life and
Times of Jesus the Messiah is an informal commentary on the Four
Gospels, which highlights the intellectual and religious perspectives of
the people who lived during the time of Jesus. By consulting both
Rabbinic Law and Talmudic writings, Edersheim paints a vivid picture of
the various locations where Jesus would have walked, prayed, and
preached. Not only does Edersheim provide useful geographical and
political clarifications, he also offers insight into the emotional and
psychological experiences of individual Biblical characters as well.
From Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, to His death, resurrection, and
ascension into heaven--Edersheim reports the stages of Jesus' life in
exceptional detail, bringing animation and color into a set of stories
that may seem distant to readers today.