Robert Eisenman, one of the most eminent researchers of early Christianity working today, has produced an exhaustive study of the historical milieu at the time of Jesus and come to the conclusion that James, rather than Peter, was heir to his teachings. Because the historical material regarding James is actually quite plentiful, a clear picture arises not only in regard to who James was, but by extension, who Jesus was also. Controversy is assured; still, given a patient reading, one will discover that Eisenman's research is meticulous, his arguments cogent, and his conclusions persuasive. This should prove to be a popular and influential book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In previous writings (most recently, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, LJ 2/1/93), Eisenman drew attention to apparent parallels between the Qumran community reflected in the scrolls and the early Jewish Christian community led by James, the brother of Jesus. In his latest work, he attempts to examine further those parallels and to rescue James from "the scrapheap of history." Eisenman believes James's role in early Christianity has been downplayed in the tradition(s) preserved in the New Testament, primarily the Gospels and Acts. Vestiges of the real James are blurred. Eisenman, therefore, chooses to place more confidence in extra-biblical writings, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, for understanding James and his role in early Christianity; he takes every opportunity to deprecate the writings of the New Testament (except where they can be pressed into service to strengthen his case). At times it is difficult to determine whether the author's goal is to reclaim James or defame the New Testament. This piece of tendentious research is not the key to unlocking anything about early Christianity.?Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama Lib., Birmingham
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First of all, the book was poorly edited. It was exceptionally difficult to follow the author's train of thought due to excessive meandering. Read morePublished 1 month ago by carolinadave
I had a copy of this back in 2001 and it got lost when I moved. To say this is a bombshell is understatement in extremis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roy Waidler
Very good book. A lot of new information with some interpretations that one can agree or not, but still is worth reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mario Galle M.
The discussion in this book is comprised by a well informed writer, who knows how his subject. Robert Eisenman brings out existing information from known manuscripts that everyone... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elden
The book is practically new & I will definitely prefer to buy from this bookseller.Published 8 months ago by Jose Angel De Leon