Rev Alfred EDERSHEIM D D 
- Born: 7 Mar 1825, Vienna Austria
- Marriage (1): Mary Elizabeth BROOMFIELD  on 28 Feb 1848 in Edinburgh SCT
- Marriage (2): Sophia HANCOCK  on 1 Aug 1867 in Trinity Church Ryde IOW
- Died: 16 Mar 1889, Menton France aged 64
Alfred Edersheim (7 March 1825 - 16 March 1889)
Albert was a Jewish convert to Christianity and a Biblical scholar known especially for his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (1883).
Edersheim was born in Vienna of Jewish parents of culture and wealth. English was spoken in their home, and he became fluent at an early age. He was educated at a local gymnasium and also in the Talmud and Torah at a Hebrew school , and in 1841 he entered the University of Vienna . His father suffered illness and financial reversals before Alfred could complete his university education, and he had to support himself.
Edersheim emigrated to Hungary and became a teacher of languages. He converted to Christianity in Pest when he came under the influence of John Duncan , a Free Church of Scotland chaplain to workmen engaged in constructing a bridge over the Danube . Edersheim accompanied Duncan on his return to Scotland and studied theology at New College, Edinburgh and at the University of Berlin. In 1846 Alfred was married to Mary Broomfield. They had seven children. In the same year he was ordained to the ministry in the Free Church of Scotland . He was a missionary to the Jews at Iasi , Romania for a year.
On his return to Scotland, after preaching for a time in Aberdeen , Edersheim was appointed in 1849 to minister at the Free Church, Old Aberdeen . In 1861 health problems forced him to resign and the Church of St. Andrew was built for him at Torquay . In 1872 Edersheim's health again obliged him to retire, and for four years he lived quietly at Bournemouth . In 1875 he was ordained in the Church of England , and was Curate of the Abbey Church, Christchurch, Hants , for a year, and from 1876 to 1882 Vicar of Loders , Bridport , Dorset . He was appointed to the post of Warburtonian Lecturer at Lincoln's Inn 1880-84. In 1882 he resigned and relocated to Oxford . He was Select Preacher to the University 1884-85 and Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint 1886-88 and 1888-89.
Edersheim died at Menton, France on 16 March 1889.
Induction, Old Aberdeen.
The Free Presbytery met on Tuesday in the Free Church, Old Aberdeen, for the purpose of settling the Rev, Alfred Edersheim as pastor of the congregation assembling there. The Rev Mr Stephen having delivered the ordination discourse, Mr Spence read a narrative of the long protracted proceedings in this case which have occurred in connection with Mr Edersheim's settlement, and put the usual questions, which were satisfactorily answered. Mr Edersheim then received the right hand of Fellowship from the members of the Presbytery present.
Caledonian Mercury Thursday, 18 October 1849.
Wallace Town Free Church, Crescent Street.
The Rev Dr Edersheim of Old Machar, will PREACH in the above place of worship on the forenoon and afternoon of sabbath 1st, the 21st instant and the Rev Islay Burns will preach in the evening.
Services at the usual hours. Collections will be taken at all the services, to assist in liquidating the debt on the church.
Dundee Perth Forfar and Fifes People's Journal Saturday, 20 November 1858.
House in Old Aberdeen, to Let.
The house, 48, Don Street, presently occupied by the Rev Dr Edersheim, with a garden, and every convenience for a family. Entry, 1st of June next. Rent very moderate.
Apply to Mr Fyfe, House Agent.
Aberdeen Journal Wednesday 07 April 1858.
The Salvation Army. Some of the so-called religious papers have published a statement to the effect that Dr Edersheim, Vicar of Loders, had described some of his parishioners as having been raised from the lowest depths of vice to a position of respectability through the labours of the "Salvation Army". The inhabitants were puzzled to know to what families the vicar alluded, and some unpleasantness was a result. It now turns out that Dr Edersheim did not use the words attributed to him, and he is said to be about to take legal proceedings against the newspapers which put the offensive language into his mouth.
Western Gazette Friday, 26 September 1879.
"The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah."
By Alfred Edersheim DD.
New and Revised Edition.
Longmans Green and Co 1886.
This is the third edition of the valuable work 1st published by Dr Edersheim in 1883. Although now issued in a cheaper form, so as to bring it more within the reach of the general public, it still remains to handsome volumes as well printed as anyone could wish. . . . . .
Aberdeen Journal Saturday, 26 June 1886
Edersheim, Rev Alfred, Christ Church created MA 16 June 1881, and MA by decree of convocation 9 March 1883, DD Edinburgh Ph.D. Kiel 1855, Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint 1886, select preacher 1884, Warburtonian lecturer Lincolns Inn 1880-84 vicar of Loders Dorset 1876-83.
Oxford University Alumna.
University, Educational, etc.
The Rev Alfred Edersheim, MA, Christ Church, has been elected Grinfield Lecturer at Oxford.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Thursday 1 July 1886
The Rev Alfred Edersheim DD, formerly of this place, has been re-elected, for 2 years, Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint at Oxford.
Bridport News 15 June 1888.
Mr Hinchcliff, the librarian, announced that the library is prepared for the reading demands of the winter months. Some of the books are the special value. "The History of the Jewish Nation" by the Professor Edersheim, having a face value of 18/-.
Belper News Friday, 21 September 1900.
The Rev Alfred Edersheim, DD, died suddenly on Saturday last at Mentone. For some years he held a vicarage in Dorset. He was the author of several works, the best known being "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah".
Worcester Journal Saturday, 23 March 1889.
1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Free Church Manse Old Machar Aberdeenshire. Alfred is recorded as head of house married aged 36 born 1825 A Minister of the Free Church. No birthplace shown.
2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Loders DOR. Alfred is recorded as head of house married aged 56 vicar of Loders born Austria (British Subject)
Alfred married Mary Elizabeth BROOMFIELD  [MRIN: 674] on 28 Feb 1848 in Edinburgh SCT. (Mary Elizabeth BROOMFIELD  was born about 1825 in Inverness SCT and died 3 Qtr 1866 in Devon. UK.)
Alfred next married Sophia HANCOCK  [MRIN: 8795], daughter of Rear Admiral HANCOCK CB  and Unknown, on 1 Aug 1867 in Trinity Church Ryde IOW. (Sophia HANCOCK  was born about 1822 in Cheltenham GLS and died on 2 Mar 1899 in Oxford OXF.)