Robert H. Eisenman
Professor of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law and Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University Long Beach and Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford; Robert Eisenman is the author of James the Brother of Jesus (Penguin, 1998), The New Testament Code (Barnes and Noble/Watkins, 2007), and A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls (B.A.S., 1989).
A consultant to the Huntington Library on its decision to open its archive of Dead Sea Scrolls photos; he was the leader of the world-wide campaign to free the Scrolls from 1987-92 and the first to identify the so-called 'James Ossuary' as fraudulent and he did this on the very day it appeared, on the basis of what it said and not the pseudo-tools of patina evaluation and palaeography.
He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Physics, an M. A. from N. Y. U. in Hebrew and Near Eastern Studies, and a Ph. D. from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and an American Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in 1985-87.