Barbara Thiering
Jesus & the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The following reviews were provided by a site visitors. I have not had the chance yet to read the book although I comment very briefly on it here.

I'm fairly certain that the book above is the same book as below. The name appears to have changed slightly with the different publisher.


B E Thiering, Jesus The Man

published in 1992 by Doubleday
reprinted in 1993 by Bantam (1540 Broadway, NY, NY 10036)

The sensational nature of the book's findings may disguise the strength of the research and scholarship which Thiering has deployed in the course of her narrative.

Jesus was the leader of a radical faction of Essesne priests. He was not of virgin birth. He did not die on the cross. He married Mary Magdelene, later divorced. He died sometime after AD 64.

This book offers a controversial version of Christ's life but is not the product of a mind that is seeking to debunk Christianity. Barbara Thiering is a theologian and a biblical scholar. After over 20 years of studying the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospels she has developed a revolutionary new theory which, while upholding the fundamental faith of Christianity, challenges many of its most ingrained supernaturalist beliefs.

Jesus The Man will undoubtedly upset and even outrage those for whom Christianity is immutable and unchallengeable. But for many who have found the rituals of the contemporary church too steeped in medieval thinking, it will provide new insights into Christianity in the context of the 90's.

Dr. Barbara Thiering was born in Australia. She obtained a Ph.D in Theology in 1973. Since 1967 she has been teaching at the University of Sydney, lecturing in Old Testament, Hebrew and Feminist Theology. For over 20 years has been involved in research into the Dead Sea Scrolls and has written a number of academic books and articles.


someone else writes:

Discusses the Pesher technique and a new interpretation of the gospels based on the Dead Sea Scrolls, showing that there is a secret meaning behind the stories. Has naturalistic explanations of the Virgin birth, the crucifixion and resurrection etc. Very interesting perspective.


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