Alfred Edersheim has done much work to
provide a context in which readers can understand the Old
and New Testaments. This work is no exception. Temple--Its
Services provides a historical examination of the first century Temple
at Jerusalem. Edersheim provides beautiful and lush descriptions of the
Temple. These descriptions help convey a sense of holiness and reverence
that the Temple must have commanded. In the Preface, Edersheim notes
everyone will find all the details of Temple interesting.
the bulk of the text is arranged in short sections, each containing a
paragraph or two. For topics readers are uninterested in, they can
easily skip to the next short section. This feature also makes the work
a useful reference tool. Throughout Temple, Edersheim takes his
and relates them to New Testament events and themes. Although the
writing is somewhat dated, Temple--Its Ministry and Services
fascinating and enriching look at the Temple.