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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians: Essays and Translations (edition 2004)

by Robert Eisenman (Author)

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This work challenges the established interpretations of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the traditional views of the origins of Christianity. By the author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, this book goes back to Qumran on the Dead Sea for further exploration of Christianity's formative years. Included in the book are new translations of the Qumran documents, that until now have only been available to scholars, that present a more accurate view of the times. A picture of a nationalistic, xenophobic, militant Messianic Movement in Palestine during the first century AD is presented, which is very different from the current way Christianity is viewed. Archaeology, palaeography and carbon-14 dating are rigorously criticised, and in the process, the book challenges establishment conceptions and reveals startling information about the first Christians, the Righteous Teacher, and the apocalyptic documents of the time.… (more)
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Title:The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians: Essays and Translations
Authors:Robert Eisenman (Author)
Info:Castle Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, 449 pages
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Eisenman argues his case that the Dead Sea Scrolls come from a later period than popularly believed (Second Temple as opposed to early Hasmonian) and that the Pesher of Habakuk outlines the conflict between Saul of Tarsus (Paul) and James the Just brother of the Yeshua. This disagreement between Saul and James, according to Eisenmans theory, culminates with the murder of James the Just at the hands of the High Priest Ananus at the order of Saul of Tarsus. This would fit in with my belief that Saul of Tarsus was a member of the Herodian family and agent of the Romans bent on the distruction of the Zealot movement left behind by the Yeshua (Jesus). ( )
  Sanjuanderer | Oct 19, 2014 |
NO OF PAGES: 449 SUB CAT I: Dead Sea Scrolls SUB CAT II: First Century Judaism SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: By the co-author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, this book takes us back to Qumran on the Dead Sea for a further exploration of the relationship between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity's formative years.NOTES: SUBTITLE: Essays and Translations
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
This is the story of the community at Qumran, and one man's interpretation of the references to St James, and St. Paul who have the pseudonyms teacher of truth, and the lying spouter (Paul). The idea I came away with was that Paul was distorting or going against the teachings of the sect, and he was finally expelled from the community. This idea fits in with my hypothesis that Paul had a spiritual insight about Christ - being God - that James did not, and so the antagonism that developed withing the early Christian communities between the Church in jerusalem under James, and the teaching of Paul in the Diaspora. The suggestion is that Damascus as a code word for the various sects along the Sea of Galilee is the same Damascus that Paul refers to, and here in Qumran Paul spent three years studying the texts before heading out to meet with Peter in jerusalem. Intriguing idea. ( )
  waeshael | May 29, 2007 |
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This work challenges the established interpretations of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the traditional views of the origins of Christianity. By the author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, this book goes back to Qumran on the Dead Sea for further exploration of Christianity's formative years. Included in the book are new translations of the Qumran documents, that until now have only been available to scholars, that present a more accurate view of the times. A picture of a nationalistic, xenophobic, militant Messianic Movement in Palestine during the first century AD is presented, which is very different from the current way Christianity is viewed. Archaeology, palaeography and carbon-14 dating are rigorously criticised, and in the process, the book challenges establishment conceptions and reveals startling information about the first Christians, the Righteous Teacher, and the apocalyptic documents of the time.

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