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orion-list Re: orion- Eisenman's Contribution ?
I don't think it is fair to say that Eisenman is "off topic." I think
he makes a heroic effort to "integrate" the DSS material into
the surrounding context. Sometimes he is brilliantly correct,
and other times he is just brilliantly creative.
Like some heros, his efforts lead to many battle wounds. And
while I was brought to a completely NEW and PROFOUND
understanding of the intricacies of the DSS materials through
his book on James, I still do not agree with his final conclusion:
...That the Teacher of Righteousness was JAMES and the SPOUTER
OF LIES was Paul. And yet, I look forward to his next effort.
Isn't it a shame that people would think "LESS" of Eisenman's
contribution to DSS research because in his ability to draw strands
of evidence together from all over the ancient world from all sources,
with the DSS as a KEY to the whole problem ....
in a way that might explain the very context of the DSS....
he doesn't LIMIT himself to the DSS ! ! !
Irony is something that is ageless.
On Sun, 17 Oct 1999 23:15:27 -0400 (EDT) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Sigrid Peterson) writes:
>One of the objections to Eisenman is that (like Thiering), much of
>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,
>in fact Jews, or Jewish followers of Jesus. We have no accounts of
>people of Antioch who called themselves Christians, only Luke, in the
>of Acts, calling followers of Jesus "people of the Way."
>Many of the Jews portrayed in the NT had Greek rather than Hebrew
>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
>> the royal house of Adiabene,
>The royal house of Adiabene, including the mother, Helen, and the
>Izates and Monobasis, converted to Judaism, as recorded by Josephus
>remembered in the Mishna. I am not aware of any documentation that
>(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
>> Eisenman's book _James_. We need more of that kind of thing, in my
>I do not have my copy of Eisenman's JAMES with me; does he indeed say
>those things you've attributed to him?
>> Dave Hindley
>> Cleveland, Ohio, USA
>Sigrid Peterson University of Pennsylvania
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