iOS app Android app

The Damascus Document

'Sicarii Essenes,' 'Those of the Circumcision,' and Qumran

Robert Eisenman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

In a much overlooked description of 'the Essenes', attributed to the Third-Century Early Church theologian Hippolytus in Rome, there exists a completely original version of Josephus' famous description of them.

Confusions of "Pharisees" and "Essenes" in Josephus

Robert Eisenman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

Several historical and textual problems emerge from identifying the Dead Sea Scrolls with "the Essenes". Since most of our knowledge about "Essenes" i...

James the Just as Righteous Teacher -- The Radiocarbon Controversy

Robert Eisenman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

Where AMS Carbon dating is concerned, I take responsibility for its having arisen, unfortunately, in the first place and the procedure itself being ultimately employed in a certainly tendentious and somewhat over-inflated manner where the Scrolls were concerned.

Paul's 'Comrade-in-Arms' Epaphroditus and the First Gospels

Robert Eisenman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

Author's note: Much of what follows is excerpted from pp. 788-801 of my James the Brother of Jesus (Viking/Faber&Faber/Penguin, 1997-98); but it has b...

Internal Evidence vs. External Evidence Like Carbon Testing in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Robert Eisenman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

There are two kinds of data for materials such as those found at Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls), 'external' and 'internal.' 'External data' consist of things like archaeology, paleography, and carbon dating.