By Robert Eisenman

ISBN-10: 1301995819

ISBN-13: 9781301995813

This can be the follow-up paintings to Prof. Eisenman's Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians, and Qumran: a brand new speculation of Qumran Origins, within which he makes an attempt to end up in a case-by-case demeanour many of the hypotheses he recommended in that unique ground-breaking paintings.

Both works grow to be, unusually sufficient, with reference to the exact same variety of pages and what Prof. Eisenman does during this brief quantity is to head via what's recognized via students as "The Habakkuk Pesher" and laymen, "The Habakkuk statement" – "Pesher" in Hebrew having a similar experience as "Commentary" in English – in a line-by-line, passage-by-passage style; and meticulously set forth simply how they could relate to identified occasions, rules, and happenstances identified from and linked to the lifetime of James or as all Early Christian debts could have it: "James the simply" (the cognomen, “the only one” after all, being always all-important) or “James the Zaddik.”.

As we all know, he has accelerated this in one thousand+ web page books because: James the Brother of Jesus: the foremost to Unlocking the secrets and techniques of Early Christianity and the useless Sea Scrolls (1997-98) and the recent testomony Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006) and shorter ones: James the Brother of Jesus and the useless Sea Scrolls I and II (2012 and 2013); yet those preliminary volumes characterize his first forays into this territory. once more, regardless of the influence through a couple of critics, who try out make gentle of or marginalize his theories or scholarship (as in the event that they may well produce something better); as in MZCQ, he completely distinguishes among "the Spouter of Lies” or “Lying” (the so-called “Liar” or “Scoffer” – for Eisenman, a extra exact translation of this final being “the Jester”) and "the depraved Priest"; and this dichotomy has withstood the try of time and initiated a number of imitators.

Not in basic terms does he make it transparent – regardless of a few simplistic “Consensus” theorizing – that those are completely diverse; yet, in doing so, he completely confirms via inner research a primary Century CE date for crucial Qumran unique records (called through so-called ‘consensus scholars’, “Sectarian”), a place he already primarily set forth in MZCQ. the 1st, in fact, is an inner ideological Adversary of the hero of the Scrolls, "the Righteous instructor" – “the Liar” who "denied the legislations in the middle of their complete Congregation" – the second one, the current institution excessive Priest and this, definitively no longer a “Maccabean” however the reigning “Herodian” one.

It is he who's liable for the dying or destruction of "the Righteous instructor" and a few of these with him – known as revealingly “the terrible" – “the Ebionim" within the Hebrew of the Scrolls and intensely most likely similar to "the Ebionites" of Early Church heritage approximately whom Eusebius within the 4th Century is so contemptuous and scathing of. those and lots of different issues are meticulously delineated during this, Eisenman's first foray right into a line-by-line decipherment of the Habakkuk Pesher – having already dealt definitively and intimately with the dual problems with Archaeology and Paleography in MZCQ previous it. either one of those very-hard-to-acquire books won't, it's was hoping, disappoint, Prof. Eisenman's many admirers.

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I'm presently examining Neil Asher Silberman's publication at the Scrolls historical past, "The Hidden Scrolls", during which he exhibits Eisenman on one facet, the consensus students at the different. How lengthy will or not it's earlier than they back down and allow the person who is aware what he's conversing approximately inform the tale? there's a lot left to do in dismantling 20 centuries of Christian and Rabbinic Jewish protecting up. James is the person who had preeminence within the first century. that's now proven. Eisenman in basic terms stops brief whilst he concludes, "Who and no matter what James was once, so was once Jesus". James used to be the grasp and that's transparent, not just as he stated, in Acts 1 the place fictional 'Judas' covers him (and additionally as fictional "Joseph Barsabbas JUSTus"), yet within the BETRAYAL, TOO. It used to be basically simply because Eisenman is not acquainted with the dwelling Masters culture (Sant Mat, now the Radha Soami Satsang, Beas > [...] that he did not expand his research to the overwriting of James as 'Judas' in "the Betrayal" coverup of his deploy as successor grasp. here's that ultimate bankruptcy: The Bible says Saviors testomony i attempted telling him in individual, because he's the one that stumbled on James in other places within the gospels and Acts, yet he wasn't receptive. the realm of Western faith isn't back to be an analogous. there is not any going again from what we now find out about the Masters of Palestine, John the Baptist, James the simply, Simeon Cleophas, and Judas Thomas. all of them taught what's this present day known as 'Surat Shabd Yoga' ('Listening to the Sound Union') of John 3:8 and lots of different passages.

About the Author
Robert Eisenman is the writer of the recent testomony Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006), James the Brother of Jesus: the main to Unlocking the secrets and techniques of Early Christianity and the lifeless Sea Scrolls (1998), The lifeless Sea Scrolls and the 1st Christians (1996), Islamic legislations in Palestine and Israel: A background of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari’ah (1978), and co-editor of The Facsimile variation of the useless Sea Scrolls (1989), The useless Sea Scrolls exposed (1992), and James the Brother of Jesus and the useless Sea Scrolls Volumes I and II (2012). Robert is an Emeritus Professor of heart East Religions and Archaeology and the previous Director of the Institute for the research of Judeo-Christian Origins at California kingdom college lengthy seashore and traveling Senior Member of Linacre university, Oxford. He holds a B.A. from Cornell college in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from long island collage in close to jap experiences (1966), and a Ph.D from Columbia college in center East Languages and Cultures and Islamic legislation (1971). He was once a Senior Fellow on the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew reports and an American Endowment for the arts Fellow-in-Residence on the Albright Institute of Archaeological study in Jerusalem, the place the useless Sea Scrolls have been first tested. In 1991-92, he used to be the advisor to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on its choice to open its files and make allowance loose entry for all students to the formerly unpublished Scrolls. In 2002, he was once the 1st to publicly announce that the so-called ‘James Ossuary’, which so unexpectedly and ‘miraculously’ seemed, was once fraudulent; and he did this at the exact same day it was once made public at the foundation of the particular inscription itself and what it stated with none ‘scientific’ or ‘pseudoscientific’ aids.

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Th ere ca n be n o d o u bt at eith e r the ' n ation a l i s m ' of t h i s i n s i s­ ten ce; n o r t h e zeal of its a poca lypt i c-i. , these are not ' p eacefu l E s s e n e s ' ; n o r can t h e era be a nyth i n g rese m b l i ng t h e S e l e u c i d o n e . Wh ere backs l i d i ng/t u r n coat J ews are at i s s u e , t h e stress i n the exege s i s o n t h e t h e m e o f " keepi n g" i s i m portant. I t s h o u l d b e n oted t h at C D , iv's exe­ gesi s of the Zad o kite Cove n a n t i d e ntifies "the s o n s of Zad ok" as "th e E l ect of I s rael " ("who wo u l d sta n d at the e n d of d ays"-i.

Th i s , i t s h o u l d aga i n be em ph as ized , i s sti l l a n event in p rogress and not n ecessari ly co m p l ete. Th e exegete a l l ows t h at the Wi cked Priest " o n ce enj oyed a reputati o n fo r Truth ". S i n ce h e i s very l i kely A n a n u s (or, as the two ca n n ot a lways be safely d iffe renti ated , A n a n i as) , o n e s h o u l d refe r to J oseph u s ' co m m e nts about the fo rmer i n the jewish War. These co m m e nts a re t h e m s e lves re m a rka ble, fo r they accord pre­ c i s e l y with what O r i ge n and E u s e b i u s c l a i m was wri tte n in the co pies of J os e p h u s ava i l a b l e to t h e m about A n a n u s ' adversary a n d oppos ite n u m be r J ames.

E . , "wh e n h e r u l ed I s ra e l , h i s h e a rt grew a rro gant a n d h e a ba n d o n ed G od a n d betrayed the Law", lead i n g d i rect ly i nto the m ateri a l about " stea l i n g R i c h e s " j " pa rta k i n g of the R i c h e s of the G e nti l e s " a n d the death of the Wi cked Pri est) wh i c h h a s a l ­ ways b e e n u sed b y sch o l a rs to press the prove n a n ce of the enti re exege s i s back i nto the M accabean period d es pite th e rel eva nce of a l m ost eve ry a l l u ­ s i o n i n i t t o events between t h e so's a n d 6o's C E Wh ere t h e M acca bees, fo r i n stance, a re concer n e d , th ere i s absol utely n o i n d icat i o n fro m any s o u rce wh atsoeve r that rapaci o u s ness was seen a s o n e of t h e i r particu l a rly n otewo rthy s i n s , which i s not the case w h e re the H e rod i a n pri esthood i s concerned .

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