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James, the Brother of Jesus

The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 43 hrs
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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 documents, 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 was Jesus.

©1998 Robert Eisenman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Regretable. Hard to follow. Repetitive.

The book suffers from a need of a serious copy editing scrub. There are entire sections that are repeated over and over and over again. I didnt trouble myself to count but the white linen undergarment worn by James was repeated dozens of times, sometimes in the same sentence. I didnt realize that undies had such an important role.

This could be a far better book at half the length.

I hung on and finished it expecting that I would be rewarded in the end. Instead, I was horrified to learn that there will be a sequel.

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Sublime

Best in its field. The research is overpowering. It really puts the newish generation of Biblical scholars to shame., not to mention their shallow populist approach introduced to this world by Dan Brown.

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  • Mark
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 07-24-19

Thought Provoking

This is a long book - but it’s also a testament to the author’s exhaustive research into “extra-biblical” texts. The book builds a solid case for the idea that the histories of Jesus, his biological brothers James, Simon and Judas, as well as the histories of Paul and early Christianity itself, have been corrupted and re-written. It took me several weeks to get through it, but it was well worth the effort. The narration was excellent - which was a big help.

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  • Priscilla
  • jamestown, CA, United States
  • 06-11-16

The report I read

The report does not give an honest explanation of this book, and I am going to seek getting a refund of the book. As you can guess or understand my feelings for this book are very low.

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