the name of Jesus in Aramaic

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Oct 22 13:08:53 UTC 2002

We discussed this last month; "Yeshua" is the transliteration--from today's
NY Times:

>The words, in Aramaic, "Ya'akov bar Yosef akhui diYeshua," were carved on
a >burial box, known as an ossuary, which presumably once held the bones of
a >man named James who died in the first century A.D.

For a "biography" of James, the brother of Jesus, see the book by that name
by Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Robert Eisenmanm.  Eisenmann identifies James
as Jesus' successor in the nascent 'Christian' branch of Judaism and as the
James the Just found in the scrolls.  A.D. 63 would be right for his
murder, on the temple steps, by stoning.  James' branch kept Mosaic law and
were in direct competition with Paul's branch which welcomed 'gentile'
converts.  With James's death the way was clear for Paul's branch of
Christianity to prosper, especially after the destruction of the temple in
70 A.D.  Eisenmann notes the contemporary belief that the temple's
destruction was God's punishment for the death of James the Just.

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