By Robert Eisenman
This is often the follow-up paintings to Prof. Eisenman's Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians, and Qumran: a brand new speculation of Qumran Origins, within which he makes an attempt to turn out in a case-by-case demeanour a number of the hypotheses he urged in that unique ground-breaking paintings. either works turn into, unusually adequate, with regards to the exact same variety of pages and what Prof. Eisenman does during this brief quantity is to head via what's identified by means of students as "The Habakkuk Pesher" and laymen, "The Habakkuk remark" – "Pesher" in Hebrew having an analogous experience as "Commentary" in English – in a line-by-line, passage-by-passage model; and meticulously set forth simply how they could relate to identified occasions, principles, and happenstances recognized from and linked to the lifetime of James or as all Early Christian money owed might have it: "James the simply" (the cognomen, “the only one” after all, being invariably all-important) or “James the Zaddik.”. As we all know, he has extended this in one thousand+ web page books seeing that: James the Brother of Jesus: the most important to Unlocking the secrets and techniques of Early Christianity and the useless Sea Scrolls (1997-98) and the recent testomony Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006) and shorter ones: James the Brother of Jesus and the lifeless Sea Scrolls I and II (2012 and 2013); yet those preliminary volumes symbolize his first forays into this territory. once more, regardless of the influence by way of a couple of critics, who attempt make mild of or marginalize his theories or scholarship (as in the event that they may well produce whatever better); as in MZCQ, he totally distinguishes among "the Spouter of Lies” or “Lying” (the so-called “Liar” or “Scoffer” – for Eisenman, a extra exact translation of this final being “the Jester”) and "the depraved Priest"; and this dichotomy has withstood the try of time and initiated a bunch of imitators. not just does he make it transparent – regardless of a few simplistic “Consensus” theorizing – that those are totally diversified; yet, in doing so, he totally confirms via inner research a primary Century CE date for important Qumran unique files (called by way of so-called ‘consensus scholars’, “Sectarian”), a place he already primarily set forth in MZCQ. the 1st, after all, is an inner ideological Adversary of the hero of the Scrolls, "the Righteous instructor" – “the Liar” who "denied the legislation in the middle of their whole Congregation" – the second one, the current institution excessive Priest and this, definitively no longer a “Maccabean” however the reigning “Herodian” one. it's he who's liable for the demise or destruction of "the Righteous instructor" and a few of these with him – known as revealingly “the bad" – “the Ebionim" within the Hebrew of the Scrolls and intensely most likely resembling "the Ebionites" of Early Church historical past approximately whom Eusebius within the 4th Century is so contemptuous and scathing of. those and lots of different issues are meticulously delineated during this, Eisenman's first foray right into a line-by-line decipherment of the Habakkuk Pesher – having already dealt definitively and intimately with the dual problems with Archaeology and Paleography in MZCQ previous it. either one of those very-hard-to-acquire books won't, it really is was hoping, disappoint, Prof. Eisenman's many admirers.
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