The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Penguin, 1998.
“In a profound and provocative work of scholarly detection, Eisenman establishes James – a figure almost entirely marginalized in the New Testament – as the leader of all opposition groups in the Jerusalem of his day and the spiritual heir to his famous brother Jesus. James, not Peter, was the true successor to the movement we now call Christianity. Once we have found the Historical James we have found the Historical Jesus.
“Drawing on the Dead Sea Scrolls and on long overlooked early Christian texts, Eisenman reveals in this groundbreaking major exploration the Christianity of Paul as a distortion of what James preached.”