Brandon Black


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 […]


Books by Alexander MacLaren

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Personal Books

MACLAREN, ALEXANDER (1826–1910) British Baptist pastor Born in Glasgow, son of a businessman who was also a Baptist lay pastor, Maclaren took classes at the local university before going south to train for the ministry at Stepney (later Regents Park) College, London. A diligent student, he was awarded London University’s B.A. degree in 1845. In the following year he became pastor at Portland Chapel, Southampton, and during his twelve years there made it a well–known center of Christian witness. In 1858 he began his forty–five–year ministry at Union Chapel, Manchester. This small building had to be replaced by another that could accommodate the crowds who wanted to hear “the prince of expository preachers.” He was tireless in preparation; he maintained the habit of daily reading in the original language one chapter from each Testament. He was an evangelical sympathetic to other views. He attacked the Church of Rome while conceding it contained “true and devout souls” and maintained good relations with Roman and Anglican bishops. He warmly advocated union between Baptists and Congregationalists. Maclaren sponsored preaching stations, with a particular concern that the poor hear the gospel. Honored with doctorates from several British universities, twice president of the Baptist Union, and the first president of the Baptist World Alliance (1905), Maclaren […]