James the Brother of Jesus

James the Brother of Jesus : The Key to Unlocking the Secret

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Drawing on the Dead Sea Scrolls and on long overlooked early Church texts, Eisenman reveals in this groundbreaking major exploration the Christianity of Paul as a distortion of what James and Jesus preached. Whereas James and his followers, "zealous for the Law" of Moses, were nationalistic and apocalyptic, Paul's Hellenized movement promoted itself as pacifist, cosmopolitan, and faith-based. In an argument with enormous implications, Eisenman identifies Paul as deeply compromised by Roman contacts, and James 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. Creative rewriting of early Church documents has obscured this fact. Eisenman shows that characters like "Judas Iscariot" and "the Apostle James" did not exist as such and details an actual physical assault by Paul on James in the Temple. By rescuing James from the oblivion into which he was deliberately cast, James the Brother of Jesus reveals one of the most successful historical rewrite enterprises ever accomplished.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1085 pages
  • 140 x 222 x 50.29mm | 862g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations facsimiles, genealogy, maps
  • 014025773X
  • 9780140257731
  • 567,291

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"A passionate quest for the historical James refigures Christian origins, ... can be enjoyed as a thrilling essay in historical detection."
--The Guardian"What a book! Impressive in elegance and painstaking scholarship."
--Neil Silberman, author of The Hidden Scrolls

"Fascinating reading."
--Kirkis Reviews
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About Robert H. Eisenman

Robert Eisenman is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and 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 University. The consultant to the Huntington Library in its decision to free the Scrolls, he was the leading figure in the worldwide campaign to gain access to the Scrolls. A National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, he was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies.
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