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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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About the Author
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 Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Islamic Law and the 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in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to the previously unpublished Scrolls.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.
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I have read other books by Eisenman and can say that he always has many references to back up his views. These two volumes on James is no exception. He invites the reader to use the references he has used so that the reader can keep up, because he is meticulous with notes and every paragraph has relevant information. I suppose that is why he needed two volumes to get the job done. He is very easy to read. It doesn't matter if one agrees with his conclusions or not. What is important is that if you are interested in Biblical history, this is a super two volume set. You may or may not agree with him. That is up to you.
Again, a very thorough book on a neglected and very important topic, so something of a must-have for people interested in the genuine roots of what we know as Christianity. Lots of real revelations here, but unfortunately written again in a style so mired in repetition, redundancy and exhausting detail that getting through the whole book is an absolute trial. Still recommend it, but I do wish the author would pay attention to the many comments and complaints that his writing style is impossibly granular and verbose. He really needs to work with an editor or co-author who would be able to sift through the manuscript and sift out all the endless repetitions and rewordings of the key teachings.
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. That relationship resonates with the close connection with the Zealots who sought help from the Parthians and the Jews of Babylon, people who had in the past supported Antigonus II. Eisenman implies, tantalizingly, that Parthian collusion (indirectly?) initiated the Kitos War and that the series of revolts all occurring in Trajan's rear as he advanced on Ctesiphon were too closely conjoined not to have been coordinated. All of these connections have significant implications for the theory that Jesus was a Hasmonean on his mother's side, perhaps the grandson of Antigonus II. There are also implications about what "Christian ministry" really was. (Consider Elymas the Sorcerer in Acts.)
Long ago (after reading the original "James"), I figured Eisenman was being mum on the likely connection to the Hasmoneans because he knew he was already pushing the academic envelope. I would not be surprised if in the future he has a book making some of the very same connections that Joseph Raymond does in Herodian Messiah (Jesus as a Herodian and Hasmonean, following Robert Graves). Looking at Tabor's latest book on the Talpiot tombs makes me think he too is verging in that direction. Anyway, it's almost as if they (Eisenman, Tabor, and a few others) have connected all but the last dots in the picture and are holding back for some reason (academics, religion, whatever).
The comment above from Eisenman implicitly makes a direct link to a time and place that he says himself are "pro-Maccabean." It's a small (but controversial) step now to say that these people at Qumran were in fact the Maccabeans or followers of them. That leads us to James, and James leads to Jesus.