By Robert Eisenman
This can be the follow-up paintings to Prof. Eisenman's Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians, and Qumran: a brand new speculation of Qumran Origins, during which he makes an attempt to end up in a case-by-case demeanour many of the hypotheses he steered in that unique ground-breaking paintings. either works grow to be, unusually adequate, as regards to the exact same variety of pages and what Prof. Eisenman does during this brief quantity is to head via what's recognized by means of students as "The Habakkuk Pesher" and laymen, "The Habakkuk observation" – "Pesher" in Hebrew having a similar feel as "Commentary" in English – in a line-by-line, passage-by-passage model; and meticulously set forth simply how they could relate to recognized occasions, rules, and happenstances identified 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” in fact, being constantly all-important) or “James the Zaddik.”. As we all know, he has multiplied this in a thousand+ web page books considering: James the Brother of Jesus: the major to Unlocking the secrets and techniques of Early Christianity and the lifeless 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 useless Sea Scrolls I and II (2012 and 2013); yet those preliminary volumes signify his first forays into this territory. once more, regardless of the effect through a couple of critics, who try out make gentle of or marginalize his theories or scholarship (as in the event that they may perhaps produce something better); as in MZCQ, he completely distinguishes among "the Spouter of Lies” or “Lying” (the so-called “Liar” or “Scoffer” – for Eisenman, a extra actual 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 varied; yet, in doing so, he completely confirms via inner research a primary Century CE date for central Qumran unique files (called via so-called ‘consensus scholars’, “Sectarian”), a place he already essentially set forth in MZCQ. the 1st, in fact, is an inner ideological Adversary of the hero of the Scrolls, "the Righteous instructor" – “the Liar” who "denied the legislations in the course of their whole Congregation" – the second one, the current institution excessive Priest and this, definitively now not a “Maccabean” however the reigning “Herodian” one. it really is he who's answerable for the dying or destruction of "the Righteous instructor" and a few of these with him – referred to as revealingly “the terrible" – “the Ebionim" within the Hebrew of the Scrolls and intensely most likely similar to "the Ebionites" of Early Church heritage 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's was hoping, disappoint, Prof. Eisenman's many admirers.
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