I appreciate David Baron, the Hebrew Christian (1857-1926) who wrote some books that are still in print. Like Edersheim, I appreciate Baron, but sometimes have to wince at the anti-Judaism that was so inculcated by the Christian culture of that time. It was so intense that it led men like Baron and Edersheim to denounce traditional Judaism as a false religion. Consider these words opposing the very idea of a Messianic Jewish movement in 1911 (thanks to Jeff G. for passing on Baron’s book to me):
What these brethren preach and agitate for is, that it is incumbent on Hebrew Christians, in order to keep up their “national continuity,” not only to identify themselves with their unbelieving Jewish brethren, in their national aspirations—as expressed, for instance, in Zionism and other movements which aim at creating and fostering “the national idea” and regaining possession of Palestine—but to observe the “national” rites and customs of the Jews, such as the keeping of the Sabbath, circumcision, and other observances, some of which have not even their origin in the law of Moses, but are part of that unbearable yoke which was laid on the neck of our people by the Rabbis.