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Book I. Introductory. The Preparation for the Gospel: The Jewish World in the Days of Christ

October 6, 2008

כל הנביאים כולן לא נתנבאו אלא לימות המשיח All the prophets prophesied not but of the days of the Messiah.’ – Sanh. 99a לא אברי עלמא אלא למשיח ‘The world was not created but only for the Messiah.’ – Sanh. 98b Chapter I. The Jewish World in the Days of Christ – The Jewish Dispersion […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 2. The Jewish Dispersion in the West – The Hellenists – Origin of Hellenist Literature in the Greek Translation of the Bible – Character of the Septuagint.

October 6, 2008

When we turn from the Jewish ‘dispersion’ in the East to that in the West, we seem to breathe quite a different atmosphere. Despite their intense nationalism, all unconsciously to themselves, their mental characteristics and tendencies were in the opposite direction from those of their brethren. With those of the East rested the future of […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 3. The Old Faith Preparing for the New – Development of Hellenist Theology: The Apocrypha, Aristeas, Aristobulus, and the Pseud-Epigraphic Writings.

October 6, 2008

The translation of the Old Testament into Greek may be regarded as the starting-point of Hellenism. It rendered possible the hope that what in its original form had been confined to the few, might become accessible to the world at large. But much yet remained to be done. If the religion of the Old Testament […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 4. Philo of Alexandria, the Rabbis, and the Gospels – The Final Development of Hellenism in its Relation to Rabbinism and the Gospel According to St. John.

October 6, 2008

It is strange how little we know of the personal history of the greatest of uninspired Jewish writers of old, though he occupied so prominent a position in his time. Philo was born in Alexandria, about the year 20 before Christ. He was a descendant of Aaron, and belonged to one of the wealthiest and […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 5. Alexandria and Rome – The Jewish Communities in the Capitals of Western Civilisation.

October 6, 2008

We have spoken of Alexandria as the capital of the Jewish world in the West. Antioch was, indeed, nearer to Palestine, and its Jewish population – including the floating part of it – as numerous as that of Alexandria. But the wealth, the thought, and the influence of Western Judaism centred in the modern capital […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 6. Political and Religious Life of the Jewish Dispersion in the West – Their Union in the Great Hope of the Coming Deliverer.

October 6, 2008

It was not only in the capital of the Empire that the Jews enjoyed the rights of Roman citizenship. Many in Asia Minor could boast of the same privileged. The Seleucidic rulers of Syria had previously bestowed kindred privileges on the Jews in many places. Thus, they possessed in some cities twofold rights: the status […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 7. Chapter VII. In Palestine – Jews and Gentiles in ‘the Land’ – Their Mutual Relations and Feelings – ‘The Wall of Separation.’

October 6, 2008

The pilgrim who, leaving other countries, entered Palestine, must have felt as if he had crossed the threshold of another world. Manners, customs, institutions, law, life, nay, the very intercourse between man and man, were quite different. All was dominated by the one all-absorbing idea of religion. It penetrated every relation of life. Moreover, it […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 1, Chapter 8.Traditionalism, its Origin, Character, and Literature – The Mishnah and Talmud – The Gospel of Christ – The Dawn of a New Day.

October 6, 2008

Chapter VIII:  In trying to picture to ourselves New Testament scenes, the figure most prominent, next to those of the chief actors, is that of the Scribe (סופר, γραμματεύς, literatus). He seems ubiquitous; we meet him in Jerusalem, in Judaea, and even in Galilee. Indeed, he is indispensable, not only in Babylon, which may have […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 2, Chapter 1. From the Manger in Bethlehem to the Baptism in Jordan.

October 6, 2008

‘Fortitudo infirmatur, Parva fit immensitas; Liberator alligatur, Nascitur aeternitas. O quam mira perpetrasti Jesu propter hominem! Tam ardenter quem amasti Paradiso exulem.’ – Ancient Latin Hymn. Chapter I. In Jerusalem When Herod Reigned. If the dust of ten centuries could have been wiped from the eyelids of those sleepers, and one of them who thronged […]

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Book 2, Chapter 2. The Personal History of Herod – The Two Worlds in Jerusalem.

October 6, 2008

It is an intensely painful history, in the course of which Herod made his way to the throne. We look back nearly two and a half centuries to where, with the empire of Alexander, Palestine fell to his successors. For nearly a century and a half it continued the battle-field of the Egyptian and Syrian […]

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