Robert Eisenman

Author, James the Brother of Jesus

Robert Eisenman is the author of <em>James the Brother of Jesus</em> ( 1998 ) and <em>The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians</em> ( 1996 ) and co-editor of <em>The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls</em> ( 1989 ) and <em>The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered</em> ( 1992 ). He is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and the 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. <br /> <br /> He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics, an M. A. from N. Y. U. in Near Eastern Studies, and a Ph. D. from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures.. 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 first came in. <br /> <br /> His first book was <em>Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel</em> from E. J. Brill in Leiden, Holland in 1978 and this was followed by two other books from E. J. Brill In Leiden: <em>Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians and Qumran: A New Hypothesis of Qumran Origins </em>( 1982 ) and <em>James the Just in the Habakkuk Pesher</em> ( 1984 ).<br /> <br /> He was the leader of the worldwide campaign from 1987-1992 to break the academic and scholarly monopoly over the Dead Sea Scrolls, freeing them for research by all interested persons regardless of affiliation or credentials. As a consequence of this, he was the Consultant to the Huntington Library on its decision to open its archives and allow free access to the Scrolls. In 2002-3 he was the first to publicly announce that the ‘James Ossuary’, which so suddenly and ‘miraculously’ appeared, was fraudulent; and he did thison the basis of the actual inscription itself and what it said without any ‘scientific’ or ‘pseudo-scientific’ aids on the very same day it was first made public .<br /> <br /> His is the author of <em>The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ</em>, ( Sterling/Barnes and Noble, October, 2006 ).<br /> <br /> His latest book, a collection of travel/road poetry (cosmopolitanized) from 1959-62 with an Afterword on the Six-Day War (April-June, 1967), entitled THE NEW JERUSALEM, and which Eisenman considers his 'Anti-Beat Manifesto,' has just been published from North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, in June, 2007.