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The author, Abram Epstein has served as Director of Education for several synagogues and actively participated in the Manhattan Educators’ Council. His graduate studies at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center focused on ancient Near Eastern religions and Biblical Judaism. He is a recipient of New York University’s Founders Award for academic accomplishment, and has a screen credit as Historical Consultant for The Seventh Sign starring Demi Moore. His other books include, "The Historical Haggadah," "The Matthias Scroll," and "A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity." Abram currently lives in New York. His most recent book, a sequel to the first, is due out in September 2017. It is "A Select Second Edition of The Matthias Scroll" subtitled, "Jesus' life as he would have remembered it." Join the conversation on the author’s blog: and like “Abram Epstein” on Facebook.

RE: The Matthias Scroll

As busy as I have been with the final edit of my next book,  A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity, I have been amiss in keeping this blog  current. Soon, I will share some of the  interesting comments and thoughts of various readers. Of course, you may respond to the entries with your own observations.

Meanwhile, a new “dedicated” website has gone live and you may wish to have a look:



Those millenia-old nagging questions

Questions finally answered, with full documentation:
Did Jesus believe he was the messiah?
When he healed people, with a loving touch and kind word–did he ever forgive anybody’s sin?
When, if ever, did he overrule Jewish law in the Torah?
Some said God made him master of the Shabbat (Sabbath), free of its rules against work. Did he believe–or cause others to believe– he had such divine authority?
What did he do specifically, that aroused suspicion in the Galilee that he was possibly an agent of satan?
What actually occurred at the wedding in Cana when he was said to have turned water to wine?
Did he ever find out Joseph was not his biological father?
When he was baptized by John, what was his purpose?
Did Jesus ever show concern that he himself had committed transgressions against God?                                                                                              Did he choose Peter to rule his earthly domain, giving him the “keys to the Kingdom”?

Why was Jesus arrested–and what role did the Jews play?

If you can’t wait to find out, “The Matthias Scroll” is your chance!

The Matthias Scroll is now available from Amazon

In our own time, many fine works have endeavored to extricate the “historical” Jesus from the context of the church image and message. The results have been mostly snippets of insight stitched together to accomplish a patchwork portrait that is always impressionistic, and usually colored by the bias of its author. As remarkable a claim as it may seem, The Matthias Scroll now presents a profoundly different Jesus than Christians or Jews have met before, trapped in a drama that should deeply move all of us.
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The messiah may be delayed, but…

matthias:for flyer:2cover copyThe Matthias Scroll is here!

(now available as an Ebook from Amazon, or you may order the hard cover  or paperback edition.)

Who was Matthias?

In the New Testament, he was a scribe invited to become the twelfth disciple, replacing Judas Iscariot after Jesus’ death. It is an event described in Acts I:15-26: Peter spoke of Matthias by name, saying, “We must choose someone who was with us the whole time that Jesus was travelling around with us, someone who was with us from the time John was baptizing until Jesus’ death and resurrection.”

A witness to his teachings, healings and confrontations, Matthias was there the night of the Passover supper and his arrest. After the others fled the scene of arrest, his official standing as a scribe enabled him to gain entrance to Jesus’ hearing before the High Priest, Caiaphas. Of those with Jesus earlier that day, only he was present when Jesus was judged by Pontius Pilate–and he alone of all the disciples and devotees, stood vigil at the foot of the cross.

Having been Jesus’ true friend, Matthias accepted the disciples’ request and became one of them. At first, with no premonition of a looming conflict, he used his scribal skill to record the disciples’ version of events. When discrepancies between what he knew to have happened and their accounts became intolerable, Matthias began his secret scroll. What the authorities had done to his body on the cross, he would not permit his followers do to his memory.

The contest between Matthias and the other disciples would be a struggle for the survival of Christianity itself, having at its heart the issue of how Jesus saw himself.