Sketches of Jewish Social Life
by Alfred Edersheim
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In Sketches of Jewish Social Life, Alfred
Edersheim has done modern readers a favor. The Old and New Testaments
are about a time and society very different from today, with different
customs and idioms. Consequently, reading the Old and New Testaments may
seem like entering a strange world. Edersheim has tried to make that
world less strange. Sketches of Jewish Social Life is meant to
gap between ancient and modern readers. It does this by providing the
common knowledge of that day for today's readers. In his book, Edersheim
provides insight into the basics of Jewish society, customs, political
powers, etc. But he doesn't just give readers the relevant information;
occasion, he also applies it to particular biblical passages and events.
There are more serious, technical texts of this type, which provide more
in depth and modern information about biblical customs. But Edersheim's
Sketches of Jewish Social Life provides valuable information that
not overwhelm readers with data. Further, Edersheim writes in an easy
prose anyone can follow. Edersheim's Sketches of Jewish Social
thus ideal for anyone wanting a richer understanding of the Old and New
CCEL Staff Writer