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One of the objections to Eisenman is that (like Thiering), much of what he
writes is off-topic for the Orion list. That probably applies to the
following points made by David Hindley, as the last paragraph of his
comments on Eisenman:

> [I]t is notable that in spite of the fact that NT
> Christians were mostly Gentile, 

Most of the people portrayed in the NT, particularly in the Gospels, were
in fact Jews, or Jewish followers of Jesus. We have no accounts of the
people of Antioch who called themselves Christians, only Luke, in the book
of Acts, calling followers of Jesus "people of the Way." 

Many of the Jews portrayed in the NT had Greek rather than Hebrew names,
however, which is the source of some confusion.

> very little attention seems to be paid
> to the dynamics behind a prime example of Gentile conversion, that of
> the royal house of Adiabene, 

The royal house of Adiabene, including the mother, Helen, and the son(s?)
Izates and Monobasis, converted to Judaism, as recorded by Josephus and
remembered in the Mishna. I am not aware of any documentation that they
(then) became Christians. Are you? Is Eisenman?

> or of the influence of the Herodian style
> of religious observance on Paul's teachings. Yet these are thematic in
> Eisenman's book _James_. We need more of that kind of thing, in my
> opinion.

I do not have my copy of Eisenman's JAMES with me; does he indeed say
those things you've attributed to him?

> Regards,
> Dave Hindley
> Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Sigrid Peterson  University of Pennsylvania  petersig@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

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