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- DescriptionIn this concluding volume of James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls II: The Damascus Code, the Tent of David, the New Covenant, and the Blood of Christ, rewned biblical scholar Robert Eisenman compresses in a more reader-friendly format the results of previous work, creating a more comprehensive picture of Jesus' brother James as the pivotal Opposition Leader of the time leading up to the War against Rome (66-70 CE). Is there an interconnecting code between the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls? Eisenman - who broke the Scrolls mopoly and was the first to identify the so-called James Ossuary as fraudulent - shows that there is. Moreover, in this newly-revised volume, he 'decodes' many beloved and famous sayings of the Gospels, such as Every plant which My Heavenly Father has t planted shall be uprooted, A man shall t be kwn by what goes into his mouth but by what comes out of it, Do t throw Holy Things to dogs, etc. including chapters like The Dogs who Licked Poor Lazarus' Sores or Rabbi Eliezer's Bad Breath and Lazarus' Stinking Body. In identifying the Scrolls as the literature of the Messianic Movement in Palestine ; he t only connects James the Brother of Jesus to the Leadership of 'Early Christianity' in Palestine, but also to the Righteous Teacher in the Scrolls. Offering a point-by-point analysis of James' relationship to the Habakkuk Commentary, The Damascus Document, The War Scroll, etc., he also illumines the subjects the Pella Flight and raising the Fallen Tent of David, Paul as an Herodian, the Wilderness Camps, and Peter 's role as a prototypical Essene but in Acts as a mouthpiece for anti-Semitism. In doing so he, t only clarifies the true history of Palestine in the First Century, but deciphers the way 'the picture' of Jesus was put together in the Gospels and, as a consequence, what can be kwn about the real Jesus. He also covers subjects like the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus and Paul's attack on James on the Temple steps, extending it to the competition between Paul and the Party of James over Circumcision in Antioch and the conversion of Queen Helen Adiabene and her sons in Northern Syria, who led the famine relief effort ascribed to Paul in Acts. Moreover, he will show the figure of James to have been so influential and highly-regarded in the Jerusalem of his day that his death was the capstone event leading up to the Jewish Revolt against Rome. In making these arguments and exposing actual 'overwrites', a crucial new point that emerges is his identification of the Qumran document called by scholars MMT as a 'Jamesian' Letter to the Great King of the Peoples beyond the Euphrates. At the same time, he unravels the real code behind the pivotal New Testament allusion: This is the Cup of the New Covenant in My Blood, connecting it to the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus and giving the Cup of the Right Hand of the Lord ( the Cup of Divine Wrath ) to drink in both the Damascus Document and Habakkuk Pesher in the Scrolls. Did Paul kw the meaning of the famous Damascus Document (discovered in Cairo in the Nineteenth Century) to set the Holy Things up according to their precise specifications - or the reverse of it, as Peter is presented as being made to understand by a Voice out of Heaven and a Tablecloth descending out of it - to make distinctions between Holy and profane - on a rooftop in Gaza? In this series, Eisenman's revelations will extend far beyond these examples. James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, both I and II, will complete the task of rescuing James from the oblivion into which he was cast, either intentionally or via benign neglect. His conclusion will, therefore, definitively bear on the problem of the Historical Jesus : Who and whatever James was, so was Jesus. Eisenman's many readers will t be disappointed.
- Author BiographyRobert 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 Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and the former 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.
- Author(s)Robert Eisenman
- PublisherGrave Distractions Publications
- Date of Publication03/09/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGrave Distractions Publications
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight816 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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