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James Tabor

Who Was Jesus’ Father? Imagining the Best

As many of my readers know I have been working on my new book, The Lost Mary: How the Jewish Mother of Jesus Became the Virgin Mother of God now for three years! I am still doing final re-writing and editing and it won’t be published until 2020. I hope it will be worth the wait! [...]...

Paul’s Six Greatest Ideas: Part One

Historically most interpreters of Paul have understood his teaching of “justification by grace through faith” based on the atoning blood of Jesus Christ as his greatest and most central insight. From Augustine to Luther, through Bultmann and Barth, the banner of the “Reformation” was centered on this fundamental precept. Wayne Meeks has a wonderful collection of [...]...

Did Paul Found a New Religion Called “Christianity”?

One thing historians of religions often emphasize is that no religious tradition is a static monolithic entity. Whether we are talking about Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, or Islam, the varieties and diversity within each tradition as it develops at the beginning, and over time, are rich and complex. Judaism is no exception–nor is Christianity for that [...]...

Where are the Talpiot Tombs Located?

A dozen or so times a year I am asked by colleagues and interested readers alike “Just where are the Talpiot tombs located in relationship to the city of Jerusalem?” Some of these questioners are interested in visiting these tomb locations, whereas others are just wanting to get a sense of how far south of [...]...

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

I thought my readers might be interested in the Top Ten posts on my blog during 2018 judged by number of page views. It looks like the total page views for 2018 will top 300,000 by midnight tonight and the global reach includes almost every country in the world as you can see from this [...]...

Paul’s Six Greatest Ideas: Part Two

This post is continued from the previous one here. Here are the last three in this two-part posting. You will find a full exposition of these ideas, chapter by chapter, in my book Paul and Jesus. At the Recently Discovered “Tomb of Paul” in Rome 4) Already but Not Yet. Paul operated with strongly apocalyptic [...]...

Tomography, Talpiot, and Not One but Three Talpiot Tombs

I recently posted detailed information on the area south of Jerusalem, today called East Talpiot, where the so-called “Jesus family tomb” was discovered in 1981, with maps and diagrams of the modern streets and apartments in the area, see “Where are the Talpiot Tombs Located?” Apparently, judging from the thousands of page views, readers found [...]...

The Extraordinary Life of David Horowitz Documented at Last!

I am pleased to report that the new long-awaited biography of the extraordinary career of David Horowitz (1903-2002), veteran United Nations correspondent and founder of United Israel World Union has been published and is now available through all major book outlets. It is a gripping readable account that will rivet the reader on a journey [...]...

The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene & Remembering Jane Schaberg

In our New Testament gospels there are three women named Mary who are closely associated with Jesus: His mother, who raised him and a large family of four other boys and at least two girls (Mark 6:3) Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42; John 11:1-5; 12:1-3; Mark 11:11-12) Mary Magdalene [...]...

A Historian’s Take on a Different Kind of “Silent Night”

December 25th as the date of the birth of Jesus can be traced back to the early 3rd century CE although it did not achieve more universal recognition until the late 4th century. It is common to hear the charge that “Christmas is pagan,” based on the popularity of the Roman winter festivals of Saturnalia [...]...
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