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This review is from: James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback)
Theology and bibical study has a tradition of tough-mindedness and intellectual rigor that makes extreme demands on the modern reader who has grown up with Sesame Street and Chicken-Soup For The Lazy. Eisenman cuts the reader no slack.
This volume should be read with the understanding that any commentary on the Dead-Sea Scrolls published more than perhaps 5 years ago was warped into meaninglessness by the pious orthodoxy of the guardians of those scrolls. Any reader of the King James version of the New Testement must acknowledge that James was the brother of Jesus and the designated leader of the church after Jesus departed the scene. Orthodoxy has never explained how the theology of Paul came to dominate the Christian tradition and the little letter of James is taken with such a large grain of salt. Eisenman is a giant step in that direction and deserves a respectful counter-argument from the orthodox tradition
John P. Meier's 2 vol work "A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus" is a good supplement to Eisenman. Meier has more extensive footnotes with good expanding remarks on Josephus where Eisenman only cites his sources. Eisenman makes good use of "the normal canons of historical argument and literary analysis" particulary as they have developed in redaction criticism of the bible. The reader need not have a degree in bible studies to slog through this difficult intellectual swamp. But the reader will drown if they depend on a traditional Christian fundamentalist life jacket to keep their faith afloat while making this journey.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2010 10:38:35 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 1:23:23 PM PDT
Sahansdal says:
Here's an explanation, from the gnostic Apocalypse of Peter:

"For many will accept our teaching in the beginning. And they will turn from them again by the will of the Father of their error, because they have done what he wanted. And he will reveal them in his judgment, i.e., the servants of the Word. But those who became mingled with these shall become their prisoners, since they are without perception. And the guileless, good, pure one they push to the worker of death, and to the kingdom of those who praise Christ in a restoration. And they praise the men of the propagation of falsehood, those who will come after you. And they will cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking that they will become pure. But they will become greatly defiled and they will fall into a name of error, and into the hand of an evil, cunning man and a manifold dogma, and they will be ruled without law."

The "evil, cunning man with a manifold [Lawless] doctrine" is PAUL. The "dead man" you of course know is Jesus.

Now read this (my book) and see that saviors are always coming for their "given" (John 17):
The Bible says 'Saviors' - Obadiah 1:21: The New Testament coverup of saviors John the Baptist and James the Just

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:17:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 7:56:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 7:58:23 PM PDT
Don't delete your posts (whoever you are). Have the courage to stand ground and make your case. Christianity IS ON TRIAL HERE.

If you want to see what I have to say, I will email my book for free to all who ask. I don't do this for money. (sahansdal/yahoo)

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 8:59:57 AM PDT
A Reader says:
Since I wrote this review Meier has added three more volumes and Eisenmann has published more and bigger (and tougher) works on James.
Other works on Paul as a major revisionist of Christian theology which are more readable are out there. To paraphrase John Harington's observation on treason, it is not heresy when it prospers. Today, almost 14 years later, I would not change a word of my review above.
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