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 dcouments, 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
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