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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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   Chapter 4 - Travelling in Palestine--Roads, Inns, Hospitality, Custom-House Officers, Taxation, Publicans It was the very busiest road in Palestine, on which ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   Chapter 8 - Subjects of Study. Home Education in Israel; Female Education. Elementary Schools, Schoolmasters, and School Arrangements. If a faithful picture ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   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 ...read
   Chapter 18 - Brief Outline of Ancient Jewish Theological Literature The arrangements of the synagogue, as hitherto described, combined in a remarkable manner ...read
   Appendix 1 - Massecheth Middoth [70] (Being the Mishnic Tractate Descriptive of the Measurements of the Temple) Perek I. 1. The priests kept watch i ...read
   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 ...read

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