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History of the Jewish Nation

Excerpt from History of the Jewish Nation: After the Destruction of Jerusalem Under Titus 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 palastinischen 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. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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