Robert Eisenman’s best-seller The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ is an incredibly revealing tome that turns the New Testament on it’s head in order to get the story behind the narrative.  I suggest anyone who is deeply devoted to the Scripture and Christian Origins to read this book.  But there are a couple problems; the book is very long and very difficult for many to read.  Also, there is a plethora of extra-canonical books referenced that the reader really should know about before attempting the book.  But once those hurdles are mastered, the book reveals historical characters and situations hidden these last two millennium that challenge us to see the Nazorean faith in the light of revelation.  I know Eisenman and I know his books.  They have made a huge impression on my life and work as a scholar.  And now I take what I know to help the general Code reader get the most out of the Code by going farther; that is, revealing the stories behind the Code behind the New Testament, and meeting the real characters we’ve cherished as we have read about them all these years.

Vero Essene Yahad – Unity in Diversity; not Diversity in Conflict.