Robert Eisenman

Biography

Robert Eisenman is the author of The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006), James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls (1998), The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians (1996), Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari'ah (1978), and co-editor of The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1989) and The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (1992).

He is Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and the former 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. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from New York University in Near Eastern Studies (1966), and a Ph.D from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and Islamic Law (1971). He was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and an American Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first examined.

In 1991-92, he was the Consultant to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to the previously unpublished Scrolls. In 2002, he was the first to publicly announce that the so-called 'James Ossuary', which so suddenly and 'miraculously' appeared, was fraudulent; and he did this on the very same day it was made public on the basis of the actual inscription itself and what it said without any 'scientific' or 'pseudo-scientific' aids.

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Videos

Eisenman in the Naked Archeologist: the Jesus Bunch
Dr. Robert Eisenman talks about the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the origins of Judaism and Christianity at Qumran with the Naked Archaeologist, Simcha Jacobovici.

Books

The New Jerusalem: A Millennium Poetic / Prophetic Travel Diario, 1959-62
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,740. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Robert Eisenman, renowned Biblical scholar and author of James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls series, and The New Testament Code, reveals an unexpectedly lyrical voice in this collection of poems, written between 1959 and 1962, beginning in San Francisco and continuing on the overland trail to India via Paris.
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Roots of Christianity and Islam: Re-Erecting the Fallen Tent of David in the Land North of Damascus
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,720. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Roots of Christianity and Islam: Re-Erecting the Fallen Tent of David in the Land North of Damascus represents a small part of Prof. Eisenman’s groundbreaking work in deciphering the hidden history and influence the Dead Sea Scrolls have had on the world’s three major religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
James the Just in the Habakkuk Pesher
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 56,220. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Exegesis & Hermeneutics
This is the follow-up work to Prof. Eisenman's Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians, and Qumran: A New Hypothesis of Qumran Origins, in which he attempts to prove in a case-by-case manner some of the hypotheses he suggested in that original ground-breaking work.
Maccabees, Zadokites,Christians, and Qumran: A New Hypothesis Of Qumran Origins
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,040. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Exegesis & Hermeneutics
This is Eisenman's original, ground-breaking work in which he criticizes the archaeology and paleography of Qumran as it had been developed by 'the specialists' up to that time and rather offers his own hypothesis-starting with the fact that it was impossible that the Maccabees were the so-called "Wicked Priests" at Qumran. A classic Eisenman work not available since the 1980s.
James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls II: The Damascus Code, the Tent of David, the New Covenant, and the Blood of Christ
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Series: James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 311,320. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / History
In this concluding volume of James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls II: The Damascus Code, the Tent of David, the New Covenant, and the Blood of Christ, renowned biblical scholar Robert Eisenman compresses in a more reader-friendly format the results of previous work, creating a more comprehensive picture of Jesus’ brother James as “the pivotal Opposition Leader” of his time.
James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls I: The Historical James, Paul the Enemy, and Jesus' Brothers as Apostles
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Series: James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 272,990. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012 by Grave Distractions Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
In this new series of books: James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls I, renowned biblical scholar Robert Eisenman revisits James the brother of Jesus connecting him, not only to the Leadership of Early Christianity in Palestine, but to the Dead Sea Scrolls in Palestine too. In a reader-friendly format, this edition compresses the results of his several previous works.

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