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James the Brother of Jesus

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Was James-rather than Peter-the true spiritual heir to Jesus?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...more
ebook, 1136 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Penguin Putnam (first published December 1st 1996)
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Trevor Luke
A tortuous ride through mounds of evidence and strained connections that ends in one of the most mean-spirited theses of Christianity's origins that I have ever encountered.
Skylar Burris
I read about 50% of this massive tome. At first, I was very interested in it: little is known or written about James, the brother of Jesus, who seems from hints in the Bible to have played a very prominent role in the early church. But there was so much speculation crafted out of such a small amount of historical evidence, and it was written in such a dry academic tone, that I eventually gave up. The long and short of it seemed to be that Paul should not have been, in essence, the founder of Chr...more
Erik Graff
Feb 06, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Early Church historians
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: religion
This rather lengthy first volume of a two-volume study of the early church was a very difficult read, not because the material was particularly difficult--one needn't know any Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Greek or even Latin--but because of its organization and the author's writing style. The arguments being made are important, which makes the turgidity of the prose expecially unfortunate.

Basically, this is a book about what occurred amongst the earliest followers of Jesus upon his death. Eisenman a...more
if you are interested in hearing from the horses mouth what the dead sea scrolls have to say about early christianity - you will find here. James the brother of Jesus is a hero, and the essene community was the true early christians who followed Christ as well as followed the OT Laws...check out the bio on the author! he has the credentials to "go there" with this research
Keith Akers
Eisenman is a really smart guy with a lot of information at his disposal. However, he can't write worth beans. This is really hard to get through. This book is interesting for early-Christianity geeks like me, but if you're looking for a light summer read, this isn't the place to start. Try Jeffrey Butz's book on "the Brother of Jesus" which IMHO is better.
Diana Sandberg
The title and jacket blurb piqued my interest, but the book is impossible to read. Apparently Jesus had brothers, one of whom led Jesus' followers after his death and was, naturally, very influential in the early years of Christianity. While Paul was out there preaching to the Gentiles, James was in Jerusalem. Within 300-400 years, though, James became a difficulty for those who'd decided that just being the son of God wasn't special enough for Jesus, Mary had to be a "perpetual virgin" as well...more
Maurizio Codogno
L'autore ha scritto questo tomo per esporre la sua tesi: che il cristianesimo delle origini non era altro che il gruppo degli Esseni di cui si sono trovati i rotoli a Qumran sul Mar Morto, che Paolo di Tarso, oltre che essere un collaborazionista romano, era parente di Erode e nemmeno ebreo, e che Giacomo, fratello di Gesù in quanto figlio di Giuseppe e Maria, era il vero capo della chiesa cristiana primitiva, e una figura molto più importante di Gesù stesso. Si potrebbe immaginare che tutto que...more
Rick Massey
This is not a book of fluff. But serious scholars and historians will enjoy the fresh, sometimes relatively new approach to understanding what actually happened during the century Jesus lived. to those of us that are interested in learning the truth (and let the chips fall where they may), Dr. Eisenman is a modern hero. He was instrumental breaking the monopoly on the majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were kept hidden from the rest of us for more than thirty years. You may not agree with all...more
Miles Zarathustra
The story of how Paul, a Roman, horned his way in to the Christian church, which was a Jewish messianic sect. Detailed revelations of how the Bible was overwritten to conceal that fact that it was the Romans who killed Jesus, not the Jews. Explores the possibility that it was indeed Paul himself who crucified Jesus' brother.

Very thorough, and consequently somewhat tedious. I confess, I did not make it all the way through this book, but what I did read was quite interesting.

I rated this book a 3 only because it was such a difficult, dry read.
His grasp of the linguistics involved are far beyond anything I could possibly challenge. This book would best be enjoyed by those looking for a serious scholarly approach to textual criticism regarding the bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other extant writings from the period.
Bill Woodward
Eisenman has well researched this material, but his writing style is very challenging. Still, it is worth plodding through the extensive material. Eisenman's views on the Apostle Paul are especially interesting.

the righteous skinny on how "saint" paul hijacked jesus' teachings, by the scholar whose lawsuit forced the church into opening the scrolls to non-catholic historians
Hard going and thorough at times. but very worth the labours. thought provoking. carbon dating did his theory no favours. was there not supposed to be a part 2??
The concept is interesting but without doubt this is one of the worst written books I have ever read - repetitive, hectoring, presumptuous and misguided.
Very extensive and well-researched book about the role of James in the development of early Christianity.
Mike Luoma
Could not get through this one - became a bit dense and repetitive.
Keith Mcintosh
Interesting, Scholarly but a very dull, repetitive read.
Kyle Callahan
Dry, dry, dry, and could have been about 800 pages shorter.
The author's writing style is very difficult.
Kurosh Hormozian
Tough read but really informative.
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