Daily Archives: August 9, 2013

Books by Alfred Edersheim

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Personal Books

Alfred Edersheim, the 19th century’s leading authority on Judaic practices prior to and throughout the Christian era, was born March 7, 1825, in Vienna, Austria, where his parents raised him in the Jewish faith. He studied very briefly at the University of Vienna in 1841, before his father’s poor health necessitated his withdrawal from school. Shortly thereafter, Alfred moved to Pesth, Hungary, where he met Dr. John Duncan. Duncan and several other Presbyterian clergy were in Hungary ministering to Scottish workmen who were constructing a bridge over the Danube River. Under their influence, Edersheim became a Christian, and when Duncan returned to Scotland, Edersheim accompanied him. In 1843 he began study at New College, Edinburgh. He entered the Presbyterian ministry in 1846, and served one year as a missionary to Jews and Germans at Jassy, Romania. About this time he married Mary Broomfield, and they had seven children. Upon his return to Scotland, he settled in the northeast city of Aberdeen. From 1848 to 1860, Edersheim was affiliated with the Old Aberdeen Church. During this time he began translating German theological books into English, and wrote his History of the Jewish Nation from AD 70–312 (1857). Edersheim accepted the position of minister of Free Church in 1849, becoming its second […]