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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 Paperback – May 21, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Excellent work on the true situation of the earliest church and the conflict with Paul, the newcomer.Published 6 months ago by Saul Pressman
Eisenman deserves considerable credit as a political credit in making the Deep Sea Scrolls to the public, and providing some initial description of what is in them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kim C. Dsouza
great book.......according to this author and others i have read , it was james the just, brother of jesus , who was the leader of the jesus church......not paul.... Read morePublished 11 months ago by xxxxAmazon Customer
I rate nonfiction books on the basis of whether or not they impart knowledge I didn't have, are clearly written, and whether the author has solid evidence to support the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amy Anderson
I am not going to write a cliff notes version of this book. I will only say that anyone into the New Testament, early church history, or the historical Jesus will like it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill O`Keefe
I have read quite a bit about this era in history yet there is much new information here. It dovetails nicely with other works on this subject but is much easier to read and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lee
Great book, must read for anyone searching for the historical Jesus.Published 19 months ago by mike herron
The author's writing style is almost unreadable. He uses so many discursions in a single sentence that it's hard to remember what the main point is. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Robert H. Ruff