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By the same Author.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE MESSIAH.
Two Vols. 8vo, 245.
JESUS THE MESSIAH: being an Abridged Edition of
'The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.' With a Preface by the Rev. W. SANDAY, D.D. Crown 8vo, 75. 6d.
PROPHECY AND HISTORY IN RELATION TO THE
MESSIAH: Warburton Lectures, 1880-1884. 8vo, 125.
TOHU-VA-VOHU (WITHOUT FORM AND VOID'):
being a Collection of Fragmentary Thoughts and Criticisms. Edited, with a Short Memoir of the Author, by his Daughter. With Portrait. Crown 8vo, 6s.
THE JEWISH NATION
AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM
Rev. ALFRED EDERSHEIM, M.A., D.D., Ph.D.
SOMETIME GRINFIELD LECTURER ON THE SEPTUAGINT IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Rebised by the
REV. HENRY A. WHITE, M.A.
FELLOW OF NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD
With a Preface by the
Rev. WILLIAM SANDAY, D.D., LL.D.
MARGARET PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY AND CANON OP
CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
THE years which have elapsed since the death of Dr. Edersheim have served to enhance rather than to diminish the sense of his loss. He had more than one contemporary who was, like himself, at once Jew and Christian, and, like himself, had command of the common ground of both. In particular, there was a group gathered round the great Franz Delitzsch,—Dr. Ferdinand Weber, whose System der altsynagogalen palästinischen Theologie, published posthumously under the editorship of Delitzsch and Schnedermann, is a work of the highest utility, and Dr. J. H. R. Biesenthal, who left behind an edition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, which contains some information not accessible to everyone. At Christiania there was Dr. C. P. Caspari, a giant of learning, whose field of labour was, however, less characteristic of his origin. In England we had also here and there a Christian Rabbi. But now all these—or nearly all-are gone; and though there still remain some distinguished Jewish scholars who treat of things Christian, and some distinguished Christian scholars who treat of things Jewish, I know not where we could point either to the Jew whose Christian profession opened to him the secret of the New Testament, or to the Christian whose Jewish birth gave him the almost indispensable key to the stores of the Talmud.
For these reasons, every work of Dr. Edersheim's is invested with peculiar value; and it will, I think, be felt that this applies in a high degree to the work which is now once more offered to the public. The first edition appeared in 1856, and was quickly followed by a second. The book was