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The Temple: Its Ministry and Services (Edersheim)

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Hendrickson Publishers
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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.

Table of Contents:

  1. A First View of Jerusalem and of the Temple
  2. Within the Holy Place
  3. Temple Order, Revenues, and Music
  4. The Officiating Priesthood
  5. Sacrifices: Their Order and Their Meaning
  6. The Burnt-Offering, the Sin- and Trespass-Offering and the Peace-Offering
  7. At Night in the Temple
  8. The Morning and Evening Sacrifice
  9. Sabbath in the Temple
  10. Festive Cycles and Arrangement of the Calendar
  11. The Passover
  12. The Paschal Feast and the Lord’s Supper
  13. The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Day of Pentecost
  14. The Feast of Tabernacles
  15. The New Moons: The Feast of the Seventh New Moon, or of Trumpets, or New Year’s Day
  16. The Day of Atonement
  17. Post-Mosaic Festivals
  18. On Purifications
  19. On Vows

Appendix – Did the Lord Institute His ‘Supper’ on the Paschal Night? 



Alfred Edersheim (1825–89) was a Vienna-born biblical scholar who converted from Judaism to Christianity. A veteran minister and missionary to the Jews of Romania, Edersheim left an enduring and priceless legacy to followers of Christ. Among his most widely read works are The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, and Bible History Old Testament.