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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 Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and the former 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in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to the previously unpublished Scrolls.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.
I really think that this book deserves a good look through, but to really understand you should also have the ante-nicene fathers (10 volume set, 9 on kindle as #10 was only a massive table of contents for the previous 9 books), the Nag Hammadi codixes, which are not available on kindle, the dead sea scrolls (which is hard to read on kindle, paper will serve you better) and a 1611 KJV of the Holy Bible (with Apocrypha), and a copy of the works of Josephus Flavius as well.
without those things you won't understand the material, with those things and some understanding you will see alot of connections, the difference is like day and night.
personally I want a physical copy, the kindle version is OK but not great, but I am a perfectionist in most thing, my greatest downfall.
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I've read Eisenman's other books - twice - and can say that this is his best yet. It has the deepest details, and in a smoother, more economical writing style than "The New Testament Code", for which it is a reprise. It is a sheer delight to follow along with his insights across a vast spectrum of source material. No one else I know of has his command of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other first century materials. (Yes, the Pesherim scrolls are FIRST century!)
Dr. Robert Eisenman has broken through the noise on the New Testament biblical studies of our time in a way which will put the end of false Christian teaching squarely front and center. Eisenman has his detractors for sure, but they only cry foul because toes are being stepped on. Well, I say, move them out of the way! The Dead Sea Scrolls Pesherim, the sectarian ones written as exegeses of Tanak prophets and similar compositions to them, reveal the true dynamic of first century debate that became the New Testament. We could have realized the contest between Paul and James without the Scrolls, using only the books of the New Testament and some early sources such as Clement's Recognitions, Josephus, Hegesippus and Jerome, but with these pristine texts only recently unearthed now finally in the public domain and correctly interpreted by Dr. Eisenman, for the first time, we now know that repartee between Paul and James is what both the Pauline letters/gospels/Acts were and what the Pesherim were. They were inexrtricably connected, provably first-century creations, each ineluctably important to understanding the reason for the writing of the other.Read more ›
Mr. Eisenman is a gifted man who is seeking the truth. I have read his "James . . . of Jesus'. He has been able to sort out the New Testament. What he has done is very enlightening. I am presently wading thru his: "The New Testament Code". Paul is not the person we have been told & or taught he was. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the key to opening up the truth on early Christianity.
I would without hesitation recommend any of Eisenman's works.
The book arrived in beautiful shape.
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