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Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels by Israel Abrahams (both series)

Today’s free book is Israel Abraham’s two volume work on Pharisaism and the Gospels. These books are still widely reprinted, which implies that they have an enduring value for those involved in Gospel Studies. These books are in the public domain.

Israel Abrahams [1858-1925], Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels, First Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1917. Hbk. pp.178. [Click here to visit the download page for the First Series]

Israel Abrahams [1858-1925], Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels, Second Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924. Hbk. pp.226. [Click here to visit the download page for the Second Series]

Table of Contents, First Series

  • Preface
  1. The Freedom of the Synagogue
  2. The Greatest Commandment
  3. John the Baptist
  4. Pharisaic Baptism
  5. The Dove and the Voice
  6. The Leaven
  7. Publicans and Sinners
  8. “Give Unto Caesar”
  9. Jewish Divorce in the First Century
  10. Widow’s Houses
  11. The Cleansing of the Temple
  12. The Parables
  13. Disease and Miracle
  14. Poverty and Wealth
  15. The Children
  16. Fasting
  17. The Sabbath
  18. The Personal Use of the Term “Messiah”
  19. Man’s Forgiveness
  20. The Life of the Resurrection
  • Index I – Names and Subjects
  • Index II – New Testament Passages

Table of Contents, Second Series

  • Preface
  1. “Thou Hast Said”
  2. The Yoke
  3. The Light of the World
  4. Confession of Faith
  5. The High Priest’s Confession
  6. Whited Sepulchres
  7. The Good Samaritan
  8. The Second Death
  9. Tabernacles
  10. The Persecutions
  11. Some Rabbinic Ideas on Prayer
  12. The Lord’s Prayer
  13. Pharisaic Delicacies
  14. The Cessation of Prophecy
  15. The Tannaite and the Trial Narratives
  16. The Imitation of God
  17. Miscellaneous Notes
    1. Let the dead bury their own dead
    2. Shed for the remission of sins
    3. Why callest me good?
    4. Some of the kingdom
    5. The kingdom of God is within you
    6. Lend, never despairing
    7. O ye of little faith
    8. In presense of the Angels
    9. Spoken through Jeremiah
    10. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs
    11. As a thief in the night
    12. More than all sacrifices
    13. The tradition of the elders
    14. I say unto you, Fear him
    15. Barabbas
    16. Abraham’s bosom
    17. They make broad their phalacteries
    18. In his heart
    19. Love thy neighbour
    20. A camel though a needle’s eye
    21. Sufficient unto the day
    22. Symposia, symposia: Prasia, prasia
    23. The Blessed
    24. The friend of the bridegroom
    25. Truth shall make you free
    26. The strong man armed
  • Index I – Names and Subjects
  • Index II – New Testament Passages

Main image: Jesus at the house of the Pharisean, by Tintoretto, Escorial. Credit: Jacopo Tintoretto

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