The author, an eminent scholar and Jewish convert to Christianity who was born in Vienna in 1825, is widely regarded as an authoritative commentator on Jewish thought and culture. Edersheim uses historical context and cultural analysis to show how the Old and New Testaments are integral parts of the plan of salvation that God, acting as Sovereign of the universe and Lord of history, has provided for mankind.
Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) born in Austria to a Jewish family of means, was educated in the Torah and the Talmud in rabbinic schools and learnt languages in the University of Viena. After migrating to Hungary, he converted to Christianity under the influence of John Duncan, a Scottish Presbyterian. He moved to Scotland, where he studied theology in the New College, Edinburgh, and was ordained in 1846 as a Minister with the Presbyterian Church. In 1875 he joined the Anglican Church, becoming a lecturer in subjects about Judaism and Christianity for the University of Oxford. Those lectures would eventually become large literary works. Since then, Edersheim has been acknowledged and appreciated all over the world as the man who has best been able to analyze the context of those Judaic social customs that make up the historical context both of the Old and the New Testaments and explaining them to the Christian world. His two most basic works, globally known and reprinted in English up to the present are: Old Testament Bible History and The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. SPANISH BIO: Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) nacido en Austria, en el seno de una familia judia acomodada, curso estudios sobre la Thora y el Talmud en escuelas rabinicas y de lenguas en la Universidad de Viena. Al emigrar a Hungria, se convirtio al cristianismo por la influencia del presbiteriano escoces John Duncan, marcho a Escocia, donde curso estudios de teologia en el New College de Edimburgo y fue ordenado ministro de la Iglesia presbiteriana en 1846. En 1875 se unio a la Iglesia Anglicana, dedicandose a dar conferencias sobre judaismo y cristianismo en la Universidad de Oxford, que finalmente se convertirian en gruesas obras literarias. Desde entonces, Edersheim ha sido mundialmente reconocido y apreciado, como el hombre que mejor ha sabido analizar y explicar al mundo cristiano el contexto de usos y costumbres judaicas que forman el contexto historico del Antiguo Testamento y Nuevo Testamento. Sus dos obras fundamentales y mundialmente conocidas, reeditadas en ingles hasta el dia de hoy son: Old Testament Bible History y The Life and Times of Jesus de Mesiah.
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