Sunday, April 29, 2007
Some of the finest scholarship and commentary on the life and teachings of Christ is found in Alfred Edersheim's marvelous work, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Edersheim was an educated Jew raised in Vienna who became converted to Christianity. His knowledge of Jewish lore and Rabbinical teachings allowed him to provide numerous insights into the New Testament that will enlighten and fascinate its students. And since the work was published in 1883 (the copyright has expired), it can be made available on the Internet at no cost. In today's Gospel Doctrine class on John 7 and 8, I used portions of Book IV from Edersheim, specifically Chapter 4, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Chapter 8. Understanding what happened at the Feast of the Tabernacles allows us to visualize the dramatic impact of Christ proclaiming that He was the source of living waters moments after the power ceremony of pouring the waters of Siloam at the sacrificial altar, symbolic of the pouring of the spirit upon the House of Israel. It also brings new understanding to the drama of Christ declaring that He is the Light of the World, as the gigantic menorahs around the Temple were lit during the festival.
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