Prof. 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 (1997-98)
- The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2006)
- The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians (1996)
- The New Jerusalem: A Millennium Poetic/Prophetic Travel Diario, 1959-1962 (2007)
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents Withheld for Over 35 Years (1992)
- The Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1989)
- James the Just in the Habukkuk Pesher (1986)
- Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians and Qumran: A New Hypothesis of Qumran Origins (1983)
- Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari’ah (1978)
- James the Brother of Jesus Revised (2013)
- James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls I: The Historical James, Paul the Enemy, and Jesus’ Brothers as Apostles (2013)
- James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls II: The Damascus Code, the Tent of David, the New Covenant, and the Blood of Christ (2013)
He is Emeritus Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Islamic Law 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. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from New York University in 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 American Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first examined.
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in San Marino, California on its decision to open its archives and allow free access for all scholars to the previously unpublished Scrolls. In 2002, he was the first to publicly announce that the so-called ‘James Ossuary’, which so suddenly and ‘miraculously’ appeared, was fraudulent; and he did this on the very same day it was made public on the basis of the actual inscription itself and what it said without any ‘scientific’ or ‘pseudo-scientific’ aids.