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James Tabor

Hoping for the Millennium

A few weeks ago I posted an article I had published back in the year 2000, on “Salvation” in the Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements, edited by Richard Lances. Here is another dealing with Millennialism in the Ancient World–by that I mean the ancient Near East/Mediterranean world. I tried my best, in just three pages to [...]...

Older is Not Necessarily Better: My First Experiences with New Testament Greek

First a bit of personal background. I began my study of New Testament  (Koiné) Greek at the tender age of 17 as a young college freshman at what was then called Abilene Christian College (today Abilene Christian University), one of the flagship schools of the Churches of Christ. My family, on both sides, were actively [...]...

The History of the Adventist Davidians of the 1950s in Waco–Before David Koresh

In this informal round-table discussion with 1950s Davidian spokesperson Dudley Goff, Dr. James D. Tabor (UNC Charlotte), and Dr. Philip Arnold (Reunion Institute, Houston, TX) explore the origins of the Millerites, the Seventh Day Adventists, and the early Davidian movement led by Victor Houfeff, that flourished from 1935-1959 outside Waco, TX. David Koresh, who was [...]...

There is a “Secret” Embedded in Mark, our earliest Gospel?

Clearly in Mark the Twelve male disciples are complete failures and are never presented as heroes, even at the end. However, what we do find in Mark, in stark contrast to this chosen group, are three unnamed women who become Mark’s heroines and carry the core message of the entire book for those readers with [...]...

Parlez-vous Français? My New Book “Marie” is out in French

I know many of my readers either speak or read French. I am most pleased and gratified to let everyone know that the French editor of my new book, The Lost Mary: From Jewish Mother of Jesus to Virgin Mother of God (Knopf, 2021) has just been published in French by Flammarion. The French title is Marie [...]...

Washed in the Blood vs. Keeping the Commandments

Bart Ehrman has a very interesting post up on his blog (July 3) titled “Do Matthew and Paul Agree on the Matter Most Important to them Both?” I highly recommend both the post and the blog. 1)The blog requires a membership fee, which is rare among us Bible Bloggers, but I think a brilliant idea [...]...

PBS “Closer to Truth” Episodes now Available Free for Live Streaming

Over the years I have mentioned on this blog Dr. Robert L. Kuhn’s remarkable PBS series “Closer to Truth” probing the “great questions” related to “Cosmos, Consciousness, and Meaning” with interviews from leading scientists, philosophers, and theologians. Kuhn began the series, appropriately, in the year 2000, with the turning of the Millennium, and it has [...]...

What is Salvation?

Many years ago I when I was studying the history of religions I was taught to ask about the various religions of “salvation” that so thickly filled the Hellenistic-Roman world (400 BCE-300 CE) to pose the following probing questions of any text or system of religious thinking about humanity and our place in the cosmos–past, [...]...

Remembering Waco: A 2020 Vision of Things

The big news this morning, as I woke up thinking about April 19th–as I have done for the past 26 years–was that the gripping new scripted six-part mini series titled “Waco” starring Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh and Michael Shannon, as FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, produced by Paramount Pictures in 2018,  has just been released today [...]...

Restoring the Lost Gospel Scholars Call Q

Most of us who work in what we academics call “Christian Origins” hold to the “Two Source” theory of Synoptic Gospel origins. That is, Mark was the earliest narrative gospels, Matthew and Luke both used Mark as their core source, but they had access to another source that we call Q (which is from the [...]...