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5.0 out of 5 stars Creates a different perspective from which to read history, July 29, 2000
This review is from: James, Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Hardcover)
The reader is not a scholar, but enjoys reading scholarship concerning early Christianity. Eisenman's book produces so much detail it is hard to keep it all in mind. Yet after 400 pages this reader, through meticulous repetition on the part of the author, was able to make sense of what the author was trying to say. And that is: that James is the blood brother of Jesus; James was the one who succeeded Jesus; and very importantly, if James Messianic version of what would become Christianity had succeeded, there probably would have been no Christianity because it would have died in the ruins of Jerusalem.
Eisenman's work challenges current mythologies of Jesus in the Gospels as well as the Pretine succession. But a faithful Christian need not fear his conclusions, because one can see how important tradition is. Tradition interprets events and scripture.
The rewrites, overwrites and omissions in the New Testament are a teastment themselves of how what would become the prevailing understanding would see the impact of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Eisenman at the beginning of the study warns the reader to beware of what comes from the predominant view of any particular time.
Eisenman being a scholar does not always write things directly because he is working with material that has shifting meaning. Several languages are involved and studies from the first several centuries did not understand Hebrew and Aramaic languages. Yet there were times when the reader would have wished for a statement about where he was going.
There is to be volume II, hopefully shorter. But this reader is looking forward to seeing it.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2009 6:14:18 PM PDT
T. Webster says:
Interesting review. One point of clarification. In this review, "the Pretine succession" appears to be a typo for "the Petrine succession," i.e., the succession of leadership of the church through Peter, as claimed by the Roman Catholic Church, which is a central point of contention in Eisenman's book.

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Posted on Dec 1, 2012 9:14:18 AM PST
There is much to fear for a faithful Christian here. Paul is the "Spouter of Lying", for instance, the one who TWICE tried to kill James, and finally, with help of a mob, did. Eisenman's conclusion, "Who and whatever James was, so was Jesus" is the end of universal salvation theology. I wrote my own book on this.
The Bible says 'Saviors' - Obadiah 1:21: The New Testament coverup of saviors John the Baptist and James the Just

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 9:18:02 AM PST
Btw,

Your Amazon site says to write you. I would, but you didn't leave your email address.
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