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James Tabor

Our 2017 Mt Zion Excavation in Jerusalem: Let the Digging Begin!

The Knight’s Palace in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was abuzz with activity this past weekend as 64 of our participants flew in from all over the world–filing the hotel to near capacity. The 2017 Mt Zion archaeological excavation season is officially underway! We are digging in two-week sessions, separated by [...]...

How Fundamentalism Works

Fundamentalism relies on two pillars.  First one needs an inspired and Holy Book, and second one must  forget that that book has a history… Joseph Hoffmann (paraphrased)  ...

The Names in the Talpiot Tombs: Considering all the Evidence

  Since I began writing about the “Jesus Family tomb” discovered in East Talpiot, Jerusalem around Easter 1981, by far the most common response by colleagues and media reports alike has been the inaccurate generalization that the names found in the tomb were “extremely common.”  The obvious intention of this assertion is to imply that “this [...]...

Watch Ten of My Most Interesting and Controversial Lectures

Many of my blog readers often write me asking when and where I might be giving lectures. Although I do regularly lecture here in Charlotte and around the country, by far the most lecturing I do are the in-depth sessions at various Biblical Archaeology Society Seminars and their annual “Bible Fest” each year in a [...]...

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (7) “Salvation only in Jesus”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences: And there is salvation in no one [...]...

Was Mary Magdalene the Wife of Jesus? Was She a Prostitute and Sinner?

Birger Pearson’s piece at the BAS Web site addressing the questions of whether Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife? and Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute? is really well done in my view. It is short but to the point. I see it as an advance over the article he did some years ago in Bible Review. [...]...

Jesus as Illegitimate and the Talpiot Tomb: Some Overlooked Considerations

In the meantime, it is indeed interesting to note that this very practice of patronymy/paponymy/metronymy, by its repetitive nature, leaves the sample of names quite narrow and refutes in essence the argument of “very common names” put forward by a number scholars that the Talpiot tomb was not that of Jesus’ family. —Prof. Claude Cohen-Matlofsky [...]...

An Ancient Pre-Christian Messianic Vision

I wanted to share with my readers the translation of an ancient text, known in various Greek manuscripts as well as Aramaic fragments found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, with which many might not be familiar. It seems to capture in a few lines the core of ideas of the sort of Messianic Vision that [...]...

Bringing in the Sheaves: The Shifting Meaning of Pentecost/Shavuot

The festival of Shavuot falls this Wednesday on the Jewish calendar, observed Tuesday sundown through Wednesday sundown. Shavuot in Hebrew literally means “weeks” or “sevens,” which refers to the seven weeks between Passover and what was originally a harvest celebration on the 50th day–also called the “feast of firstfruits” (Exodus 34:22). In Greek the festival is [...]...

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (6) “Look to the Things Unseen”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences: We look not to the things that [...]...
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