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Breaking the Dead Sea Scrolls Monopoly


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Robert Eisenman is the author of James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Penguin, 1998), The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (Penguin, 1992), The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Document, and the Blood of Christ (Barnes & Noble, 2006), Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari'ah (E. J. Brill, 1978), The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians (Element, 1996), James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls Volumes I and II (Grave Distractions, 2012), and co-Editor of The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (B.A.S., 1989). He is Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law and the former Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University Long Beach and a Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from N.Y.U. in Hebrew and Near Eastern Studies (1966), and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and Islamic Law (1971). He was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and an N.E.H. Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem - the so-called "The American School" where the Dead Sea Scrolls first came in and were examined - in 1985-86. In 1991-92, he was the Consultant to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to all the Scrolls, previously-published or unpublished - the same year he published his own Facsimile Edition with Prof. James Robinson of Claremont University). In 2002, he was the first to publicly announce the so-called "James Ossuary" - which was so suddenly and 'miraculously' made public - was fraudulent and he did so on the very same day it appeared on the basis of the actual inscription itself and what it said - without any 'scientific' or 'pseudo-scientific' aids.

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