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James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls I: The Historical James, Paul the Enemy, and Jesus' Brothers as Apostles Kindle Edition

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Robert Eisenman is the author of The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006), James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls (1998), The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians (1996), Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari'ah (1978), and co-editor of The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1989) and The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (1992). He is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Islamic Law and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University Long Beach and Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from New York University in Near Eastern Studies (1966), and a Ph.D from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and Islamic Law (1971). He was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and an American Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first examined. In 1991-92, he was the Consultant to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to the previously unpublished Scrolls. In 2002, he was the first to publicly announce that the so-called 'James Ossuary', which so suddenly and 'miraculously' appeared, was fraudulent; and he did this on the very same day it was made public on the basis of the actual inscription itself and what it said without any 'scientific' or 'pseudo-scientific' aids.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985599138
  • Publisher: Grave Distractions Publications (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
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This is my first book on my new Kindle. I have read everything else Dr. Eisenman has written. He is a brilliant researcher. I know him personally. In this book, a streamlined version of "James the Brother of Jesus", he covers all the parallel but reversed history in the New Testament gospels to Clement's Recognitions, Hegesippus, Jerome and Josephus among others, but without much of the extra material in the original. This will prove to be acceptable to many who had trouble with the thick prose of his first go. Either is a monumental contribution. The end of Christianity may be just over the horizon if I am any judge of this man's work. But, he isn't the ogre some make him out to be. I personally feel his treatment of the material is very even-handed and non-judgmental. Having been a Christian, I tend to not be so charitable concerning what we have learned from him about the theology in the New Testament. As a disciple of a living Master, I know this subject from a unique perspective only available to one so privileged. His findings are a perfect fit to my Sant Mat (RSSB.org), which I hold as the gold-standard in this field. What he has done is set the new standard for scholarly biblical research. Panned by critical scholars and other peers for now, his work will sit atop the pile of their lesser works when all is accounted for. I compared Dr. Geza Vermes' translations of the Pesherim to his, and his are better. The carbon dating ruckus is a red herring (the opposition incorrectly says they are BCE). The Scrolls Pesherim are Christian era. Anyone who reads this with an open mind will see it. The "Lying Spouter" Paul is finally put in his place, and there he will stay, thanks to Dr. Eisenman. SIX stars if there were that many.Read more ›
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Probably the best book I have read on James the brother of Jesus. Eisenman has one problem in writing and that is he has so much information that he has a tendency to unload it all at once. It took me several readings to fully appreciate the information that he provides. After reading this book one can hardly read the orthodox history of Christianity without realizing that it should be called Paulianity.
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Robert Eisenman is one of my big three scholarly giants in the subject Biblical history along with the late Hyam Maccoby and James D. Tabor. Eisenman has a particularly endearing position due to his work in breaking up the 40 year publication logjam of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This book condenses his previous exhaustive '96 work, "James the Brother of Jesus" (What, Jesus had a brother!?!). Not only does he equate James with the DSS "Teacher of Righteousness", he also makes an excellent case for Paul being a Herodian and the "Spouter of Lies" in the DSS. I think he makes an ironclad case for Paul's familial connections, which is the source of his birthright as a Roman Citizen. Bells start going off and pieces of the puzzle start falling into place with the information he presents here.

Though they sometimes disagree with each other, this book, Maccoby's "The Mythmaker", and Tabor's "The Jesus Dynasty" & "The Jesus Discovery" (the latter with Simcha Jacobovici), should always be at hand for those looking to decode the tangled web of information about early Church history and the religion that came to be known as Christianity.
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In this GREAT book, I think Robert Eisenman sees the Maccabeans as related to the DSS community. How close that relation is, in his mind, is not explicit, but it seems significant. He makes this incredibly important point: "The quotation attributed by Hegesippus to James, which we compared to throwing a lighted match into an excited mix of pilgrims, is both immediate and intense. When one grasps its aggressively apocalyptic Messianic character, it becomes the central proclamation of one of the most amazing episodes ever recorded in religious history. Not only are the words attributed to James paralleled almost word-for-word in the War Scroll from Qumran, they come precisely at the point where the Messianic "Star Prophecy" is being elucidated in that Document. . . . one should realize that the War Scroll is operating in exactly the same ideological and scriptural framework."

The internal evidence in the War Scroll suggests it was written sometime in the 160s BCE. If you doubt that, make a comment here and I'll respond with the argument. Regardless, Eisenman's point is one that I have always suspected of the Jesus Movement--it connected directly to the early Maccabeans and the Bar Kochba revolts. Very directly.

The following comment from Eisenman is one of the most significant in this wonderful book: "Whether James is to be identified with the Righteous Teacher at Qumran or simply a parallel successor is not the point---the Scrolls allow us to approach the Messianic Community of James with about as much precision as we are likely to have from any other source."

On another major point, Adiabene clearly had a close relationship to James and the Jerusalem church, as Eisenman has so well documented here and elsewhere.
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