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Sketches of Jewish Social Life

By Alfred Edersheim

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   Preface - The object of this volume is kindred to that of my previous book on The Temple, its Ministry and Services as they were at the Time of Jesus Christ. In
   Chapter 1 - Palestine Eighteen Centuries Ago Eighteen and a half centuries ago, and the land which now lies desolate--its bare, grey hills looking into ill-t
   Chapter 2 - Jews and Gentiles in "The Land" Coming down from Syria, it would have been difficult to fix the exact spot where, in the view of the Rabbis, "the
   Chapter 3 - In Galilee at the time of our Lord "If any one wishes to be rich, let him go north; if he wants to be wise, let him come south." Such was the say
   Chapter 4 - Travelling in Palestine--Roads, Inns, Hospitality, Custom-House Officers, Taxation, Publicans It was the very busiest road in Palestine, on which
   Chapter 5 - In Judaea If Galilee could boast of the beauty of its scenery and the fruitfulness of its soil; of being the mart of a busy life, and the highway
   Chapter 6 - Jewish Homes It may be safely asserted, that the grand distinction, which divided all mankind into Jews and Gentiles, was not only religious, but
   Chapter 7 - The Upbringing of Jewish Children The tenderness of the bond which united Jewish parents to their children appears even in the multiplicity and p
   Chapter 8 - Subjects of Study. Home Education in Israel; Female Education. Elementary Schools, Schoolmasters, and School Arrangements. If a faithful picture
   Chapter 9 - Mothers, Daughters, and Wives in Israel In order accurately to understand the position of woman in Israel, it is only necessary carefully to peru
   Chapter 10 - In Death and After Death A sadder picture could scarcely be drawn than that of the dying Rabbi Jochanan ben Saccai, that "light of Israel" immedi
   Chapter 11 - Jewish Views on Trade, Tradesmen, and Trades' Guilds We read in the Mishnah (Kidd. iv. 14) as follows: "Rabbi Meir said: Let a man always teach h
   Chapter 12 - Commerce The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, co
   Chapter 13 - Among the People, and with the Pharisees It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact w
   Chapter 14 - The "Fraternity" of Pharisees To realise the state of religious society at the time of our Lord, the fact that the Pharisees were a regular "orde
   Chapter 15 - Relation of the Pharisees to the Sadducees and Essenes, and to the Gospel of Christ On taking a retrospective view of Pharisaism, as we have desc
   Chapter 16 - Synagogues: Their Origin, Structure and Outward Arrangements It was a beautiful saying of Rabbi Jochanan (Jer. Ber. v. 1), that he who prays in h
   Chapter 17 - The Worship of the Synagogue One of the most difficult questions in Jewish history is that connected with the existence of a synagogue within the
   Chapter 18 - Brief Outline of Ancient Jewish Theological Literature The arrangements of the synagogue, as hitherto described, combined in a remarkable manner
   Appendix 1 - Massecheth Middoth [70] (Being the Mishnic Tractate Descriptive of the Measurements of the Temple) Perek I. 1. The priests kept watch i
   Appendix 2 - Extracts from the Babylon Talmud Massecheth Berachoth, or Tractate on Benedictions [76] Mishnah--From what time is the "Shema" said in the e

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