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Introducing new reprints by and about Bishop James Pike:
The Other Side
Search is the complete story of how Bishop James A. Pike disappeared in the Judean wilderness in 1969 while pursuing his interest in the historical Jesus. His was a lifelong search for truth, and his interest in the new light cast by the Dead Sea Scrolls had caused him to reexamine who Jesus was in the context of the times in which he lived.
Bishop Pike and his wife of eight months, the author of this account, wanted a direct experience of the Judean wilderness in which Jesus had fasted and meditated for forty days and nights. They drove their rented car on a little-used road and, after getting stuck, tried to walk to the caves at Qumran.
Emotion radiates from every page of this swiftly paced, unsparingly honest and revealing account-a narrative that will make you not only identify and understand how it all could have happened, but also feel as if you were there yourself and-probably-would have acted as the Pikes did.
The story of Search is tragic, but the author has a faith in God and in an afterlife that makes it possible for her to conclude her narrative by stating that she knows that "Jim is alive and so am I.



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Published 01 June 2007
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Search The Personal Story of a Wilderness Journey By Pike, Diane Kennedy Copyright©1970 by Pike, Diane Kennedy ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-325-3 ISBN 10: 1-55635-325-1 Publication date 3/8/2007 Previously published by Doubleday & Company, 1970
Foreword to te 2007 Edition
his was a man wo did not tire of is mind or te use of it: of asking questions, of seeking more knowledge of every sort, of canging, of growing, of listening, of tinking, of learning about everyting and about anyting. He ad a restless, relentless, questing, insatiable curiosity for living. He was an open, intuitive, risking, audacious spirit. —Stringfellow and Towne inhe DeatH and Life of BisHop Pike
It was Bisop James A. Pike’s unquencable tirst for te trut about Jesus tat took te two of us to Israel in late August 1969. We were in te last stages of our researc about te istorical Jesus and were eager to visit once more some of te locations tat were pivotal in Jesus’s life. First on our list was te Judean wilderness into wic Jesus ad gone to fast and pray for forty days and forty nigts. We were curious to know wat about te wilderness drew Jesus and oters
to it. Curiosity was one of Bisop Pike’s most defining caracter-istics. Combined wit is fine mind, is curiosity caused im to pursue wit passion any new avenue of exploration e tougt would lead to greater trut and understanding. In is quest to understand te istorical Jesus witin te context of te Roman occupation of Israel and of te Jewis sects of tat era, e wanted
Foreword to tHe 2007 Edition to supplement is extensive researc wit is own direct experi-ence of te geograpic locations insofar as tat was possible. his book,SearcH, tells te story of te events tat occurred on September 1, 1969, and during te six days tat followed. Because tere was a great deal of press coverage wit many contradictory and false reports of wat ad appened to us, I cose to write an account tat would tell te full story. I finised te book just seven weeks after Jim died, only a day before I emerged from a pervasive state of sock and plunged into deep grief. I ad been socked into an altered state of consciousness wile climbing out of te desert to find elp for Jim. In tat altered state I experienced a sense tat everyting was appening exactly as it was supposed to appen. herefore, I wasted no energy on regret or denial. Instead I focused my attention on te tasks before me. First I got out of te desert in order to find elp for Jim. hen I led te searcers back into te desert to te place were I ad left Jim. he altered state of consciousness sustained me troug te long searc for Jim, te burial in Jaffa, te long trip ome to California, te memorial service at Grace Catedral in San Francisco, my re-turn to our Santa Barbara ome, and te reordering of life tere witout Bisop Pike. Many people expressed teir sympaty for me in tose early weeks and monts after Jim’s deat, calling our experience in te desert a tragedy. I ave never felt it was a tragedy. To me it was entirely consistent wit te way Jim ad lived is life. He was fear-lessly pursuing is passion for trut. Some would ave called us foolardy. I would rater describe us as steadfast in te pursuit of our goal to know more directly te caracter and nature of te is-torical Jesus. We were not sufficiently mindful of our own safety; it is true. But we were not engaged in adventure tourism. We were bent on discovering te eart and soul of te fait into wic bot of us ad been born and nurtured.
Foreword to tHe 2007 Edition However, in te last ours it was not curiosity or a passion for trut tat motivated eiter of us. It was our zeal for life and our love for eac oter tat made us go on. I ad told Jim as I left im tat I would go to te bottom of te canyon and continue at te bottom until I got to Qumran. Wen I came to a place were te boulders were so large tat I would ave ad to drop down long distances, I cose to climb up onto te walls of te canyon, concerned tat I would break a leg. Jim, owever, continued at te bottom following te course e tougt I ad taken before im. Wen te searcers got to te place of te large boulders, tey said Bisop Pike could not pos-sibly ave gone on witout climbing ropes. My broter Scott, wo was wit tem, said, “You do not know Jim.” Some volunteers agreed to continue, using teir climbing ropes to drop down. It was ten tat tey began to find clues indicating tat Jim ad indeed continued at te bottom of te canyon. he only reason for im to ave risked in tat way was tat e believed tat I would be down tere. It was te power of love tat gave im te courage and strengt to go on. Wen I left Jim in te desert to go for elp, e told me tat if e died tere, e ad no regrets, and I believe tat to be true. He died pursuing is passion for trut. His curiosity ad led im into te desert, and is love for me and for life ad sustained im just as my love for im ad kept me going. His body died tere, but e ad no fear of deat. He ad always said, “One world at a time. I am living in tis world now. here will be time enoug to learn about te next world after I die.” Any reader wo is interested in James A. Pike for te life e lived and te contributions e made to te curc and our society—and is at te same time interested in te relevance of te istorical Jesus for our times—will find tis account of Jim’s final days bot gripping and eartening.
Foreword to tHe 2007 Edition In all circumstances, including tese, life is victorious. Even deat of te body cannot take away from us tat conviction, wic as been central to te Cristian fait and is te foundation for te ope inspired by Jesus’s resurrection.
Diane Kennedy Pike April 2007