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The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ

Robert Eisenman, professor, Religious Studies

Published in October by Sterling Publishing, The New Testament Code demonstrates a connection of words and phrases between the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1,000 pages of new research. In identifying the scrolls as the literature of “the Messianic Movement in Palestine,” Eisenman – who broke the monopoly over the Dead Sea Scrolls and was the first to identify “the James Ossuary” as a fraud – demonstrates the integral relationship of James the brother of Jesus to the Righteous Teacher of the Dead Sea Scrolls, decoding many famous and beloved sayings in the Gospels such as “Every plant which my heavenly father has not planted shall be uprooted.” In doing so, he deciphers the way the picture of Jesus was put together in the Gospels, in the process clarifying the real history of Palestine in the First Century and, as a consequence, what can be known about the real Jesus of that time. At the same time, he unravels the real code behind a pivotal New Testament allusion like “This is the Cup of the New Covenant in my Blood,” connecting it to “the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus” and “drinking the Cup of the Wrath of God” in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Coming as the long-awaited sequel to his James the Brother of Jesus, The New Testament Code explores the relationship of “the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus” of the Dead Sea Scrolls to “the Last Supper” in the Gospels and “the Cup” connected to both. Did Paul know the meaning of the famous Damascus Document (discovered in a Synagogue Repository in Old Cairo in 1897), “to set the Holy Things up according to their precise specifications” – or the reverse of it, as Peter was presented as discovering in the Books of Acts – “to make no distinctions between Holy and profane”?