James, the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Robert Eisenman
Read by Bob Souer

42.98 Hours 02/29/2016 unabridged
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  • ISBN: 9781504680363

  • ISBN: 9781504680349

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James was a vegetarian, wore only linen clothing, bathed daily at dawn in cold water, and was a life-long Nazirite. In this profound and provocative work of scholarly detection, eminent biblical scholar Robert Eisenman introduces a startling theory about the identity of James—the brother of Jesus—who was almost entirely marginalized in the New Testament. Drawing on long-overlooked early church texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Eisenman reveals in this groundbreaking exploration that James, not Peter, was the real successor to the movement we now call “Christianity.” In an argument with enormous implications, Eisenman identifies Paul as deeply compromised by Roman contacts. James is presented as not simply the leader of Christianity of his day, but the popular Jewish leader of his time, whose death triggered the uprising against Rome—a fact that creative rewriting of early church documents has obscured. Eisenman reveals that characters such as “Judas Iscariot” and “the Apostle James” did not exist as such. In delineating the deliberate falsifications in New Testament documents, Eisenman shows how—as James was written out—anti-Semitism was written in. By rescuing James from the oblivion into which he was cast, the final conclusion of James, the Brother of Jesus is, in the words of the Jerusalem Post, “apocalyptic”—who and whatever James was, so was Jesus.

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Summary

Summary

James was a vegetarian, wore only linen clothing, bathed daily at dawn in cold water, and was a life-long Nazirite. In this profound and provocative work of scholarly detection, eminent biblical scholar Robert Eisenman introduces a startling theory about the identity of James—the brother of Jesus—who was almost entirely marginalized in the New Testament.

Drawing on long-overlooked early church texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Eisenman reveals in this groundbreaking exploration that James, not Peter, was the real successor to the movement we now call “Christianity.” In an argument with enormous implications, Eisenman identifies Paul as deeply compromised by Roman contacts. James is presented as not simply the leader of Christianity of his day, but the popular Jewish leader of his time, whose death triggered the uprising against Rome—a fact that creative rewriting of early church documents has obscured.

Eisenman reveals that characters such as “Judas Iscariot” and “the Apostle James” did not exist as such. In delineating the deliberate falsifications in New Testament documents, Eisenman shows how—as James was written out—anti-Semitism was written in. By rescuing James from the oblivion into which he was cast, the final conclusion of James, the Brother of Jesus is, in the words of the Jerusalem Post, “apocalyptic”—who and whatever James was, so was Jesus.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Robert Eisenman’s James the Brother of Jesus is less a book than an irresistible force. Once opened…[it] bulldozes your prejudices, flattens your objections, elbows aside your counter-arguments, convinces you.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A passionate quest for the historical James refigures Christian origins…A thrilling essay in historical detection.” Guardian (London)
“Eisenman’s research is meticulous, his arguments cogent, and his conclusions persuasive. This should prove to be a popular and influential book.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“‘A tremendous work of historical scholarship…Expert…Fascinating…Unparalleled…Apocalyptic…A great book.” Jerusalem Post
“Eisenman’s historical reconstruction makes for fascinating reading.” Kirkus Reviews
“What a book! Impressive in elegance and painstaking scholarship.” Neil Silberman, author of The Hidden Scrolls

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Author Bio: Robert Eisenman

Robert Eisenman is a biblical scholar, theoretical writer, historian, archaeologist, and “road” poet. He is currently professor of Middle East religions, archaeology, and Islamic law and director of the Institute for the Study of Judaeo-Christian Origins at California State University, Long Beach. The consultant to the Huntington Library in its decision to free the Dead Sea Scrolls, he was the leading figure in the worldwide campaign to gain access to the Scrolls.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 42.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English