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This updated edition has been newly typeset in an easy-to-read, modern typeface. Now it is easier and more enjoyable than ever before to read, study, and consult this classic work.
Citations from Scripture, rabbinic sources, and the works of Philo and Josephus enhance the reader's understanding of the temple, kits sacrifices, ministry, personnel, and services. These materials complement Edersheim's discussion, clarify difficult passages, and illumine the reader as to the true, spiritual meaning of the temple and its services. This edition brings a wealth of information together in the margins, providing a unique entrée into the primary sources of the ancient world.
Jerusalem, the temple, priests, and worshippers all come alive through Edersheim's prose as well as through the more than 75 illustrations, charts, photos, and drawings. Enhanced both aesthetically and practically, this edition of The Temple has no rival.
Edersheim's deep devotion to the authority of the Scriptures, his ability to make the Scriptures come alive in their ancient context, and his encyclopedic familiarity with ancient Jewish sources all enrich this classic and timeless work.
Edersheim is not the easiest to read. The gold is there it just takes time and patience to pan for it. I personally would not be without his works but unless you are accustomed to reading "dated" works this might be difficult. His sentences can get involved. It is not anachronistic, but some might appreciate more modern findings and writers. Those not used to reading what would, by some, be termed dry works might start with something else. He led the way for others to follow in contemporary history and the social settings of the days of Jesus and as such deserves to be read.