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Alfred Edersheim was born in Vienna, Austria, 3/7/1825, to Marcus & Stephanie (Beifuss) Edersheim. The home had culture, wealth and though both were of Jewish beliefs, English was spoken in the home & Alfred became fluint in it. He studied in the local gymnasium, studied the Talmud & Torah at a Hebrew school & attended the University of Austria.

About 1845 he moved to Pesth, Hungary & met John Duncan (& other Presbyterians) under whose influence he became a Christian.  In 1846 he married Mary Broomfield with whom he shared seven children. After a stay & studies in Scotland he entered the Presbyterian ministry & ministeried a year to the Jews & Germans at Jassy, Rumania.  It was at the Old Aberdeen Church (1848-1860) he wrote his History of the Jewish Nation from the Fall of Jerusalem to the reign of Constantine the Great.

Edersheim held other positions, changed to the Church of England, & spent two years (or so) as the university preacher at Oxford but today he is most appreciated as the author of The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.  Declining health took him to Menton, France, where he died 3/16/1889.

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Alfred Edersheim was born this date, 3/7/1825, at Vienna, Austria. His parents were Jews of some means who spoke English in their home. He was able to enter the University of Vienna at sixteen.

Later he emigrated to neighboring Hungary where he taught languages and were, influenced by John Duncan he was converted to Jesus Christ. Edersheim was ordained a clergyman in the Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) in 1846 and in the same year married a lady named Mary Broomfield. There home was blessed with seven children.

Later yet he became affiliated with the Church of England. He was “Select Preacher” to Oxford University (1884-85) delivered the “Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint” (1886-1888 and 1888-1889).

Alfred Edersheim is remembered for his book Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. He passed from this life 3/16/1889 at Menton, France.

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