[quote=epr1993]The first thing that I would ask is what makes the Dead Sea Scrolls any more special than the bible or the other writings of the Church Fathers? Get some specifics from him.
He just gave me a list of sources:
The Hiram Key: Don’t let the cover cause you to pass this one up. The authors are Freemasons and they wanted to look as far back into Freemasonry as they could. While they were doing that they dug up a ton of history that they found interesting. The beginning of the book is slow, as it has to do mostly with Freemasonry, but it picks up fairly quickly.
The Book of Hiram: I don’t know if you’ll read this one. It’s the second part, really, of the first one; even though they wrote a couple of other books between these two. The first book was openly attacked by many Catholic publications although none of the theories were debated.
James the Brother of Jesus: Really long book. I don’t think Robert Eisenman writes anything but long books. What you’ll really find interesting in Eisenman’s books is the great attention to detail. He explains why some early translations are incorrect and pretty much dares those writers to prove him wrong. Seems the biggest problem people had when making early translations was that they didn’t know the people, their history, or their politics and that made some translations highly inaccurate.
Also by Eisenman: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered.
The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics: I have the one by Jean Doresse and it contains The Gospel According to Thomas.
I’m really out of my element here and don’t have time to read all this stuff. Looking at the brief summaries of “The Hiram Key” and “The Book of Hiram” it seems that they are wild with speculation à la Da Vinci Code.
I also checked out the reviews on amazon.com for The Hiram Key and got a mix of people thinking it was the greatest thing ever to people criticizing the authors’ tendencies to jump to seemingly illogical conclusions based on very few facts mingled with speculation.
I haven’t searched yet, but I’m going to try and see if anyone on the forums has already commented on this literature to see what I can find. I’m sure that there is some truth to some of the things in the book, but they seem wildly heretical.
Anyway, if anyone can comment on this stuff, it might be interesting.