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 Jamesathe 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 qChristianity.q 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 Romeaa fact that creative rewriting of early Church documents has obscured. Eisenman reveals that characters such as qJudas Iscariotq and qthe Apostle Jamesq did not exist as such. In delineating the deliberate falsifications in New Testament dcouments, Eisenman shows howaas James was written outaanti-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, qapocalypticq awho and whatever James was, so was Jesus.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, aquot;apocalypticaquot; awho and whatever James was, so was Jesus.
|Title||:||James the Brother of Jesus|
|Author||:||Robert H. Eisenman|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 1998-03-01|