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James Tabor

Apocalyptic Messianic Eschatology–Now That’s a Mouthful!

To understand Jesus and the movement that developed after his death we need to have a handle on a way of thinking that I call messianic apocalyptic eschatology. This is a way of describing a certain expectation and outlook on the world and human history that was characteristic of certain Jewish groups and movements of [...]...

In Memoriam: Jonathan Z. Smith (1938-2017)

This extended tribute to the memory and work of Jonathan Z. Smith by by Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama in Religious Studies News is particularly noteworthy. http://rsn.aarweb.org/articles/memoriam-jonathan-z-smith-1938–2017  ...

The Tomb of the Shroud: Earliest Case of Leprosy in Ancient Jerusalem

The “Tomb of the Shroud,” that was discovered and investigated in 2000 by Shimon Gibson, Boaz Zissu, and me, with a team of our UNC Charlotte students  in the summer of 2000, continues to yield up many scientific secrets about life and death in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. I related the basic story [...]...

The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found, DNA, and the Tomb of the Shroud

The braided hair of a Jewish woman was found at Masada but until recently no example of preserved hair from a Jewish male had ever been found from the late 2nd Temple period. This discovery is one of the many fascinating, but less publicized finds of the 1st century “Tomb of the Shroud,” discovered in [...]...

Remembering Jonathan Z. Smith

Quintessential JZ Smith…if you never had the pleasure of hearing him…his Plenary Address to the American Academy of Religion in 2010....

A Shapeshifting Jesus: The Earliest Harmonization of the Endings of the New Testament Gospels

Sorting through the New Testament gospels accounts of the “sightings” of Jesus is incredibly complex. I have done my best to lay them out for comparison and interpretation in several posts on this blog, including “How Faith in Jesus’s Resurrection Originated and Developed: A New/Old Hypothesis.” One thing that any reader or researcher must take [...]...

Reading About the Dead Sea Scrolls vs Reading the Scrolls!

Everyone seems to “love” the Dead Sea Scrolls though I fear, much like the Bible, few seem to have actually read them. Some years ago I remember a very enthusiastic woman who came up to me after one of my public lectures on this scrolls, exclaiming, “Dr. Tabor, I just love the Dead Sea Scrolls! [...]...

Religious News Service Obituary: Religion Historian Jonathan Z. Smith Dies

Religion News Service http://religionnews.com/2018/01/02/religion-historian-jonathan-z-smith-dies/   OBITUARY Religion historian Jonathan Z. Smith dies By Yonat Shimron | January 2, 2018 Religion historian Jonathan Z. Smith from a video series. Images courtesy of YouTube (RNS) — Jonathan Z. Smith, a historian and theorist of religion widely admired for his analytic rigor in comparing religions, has died. He [...]...

Stream Biblical Archaeology Society Lectures with a BAS Library Membership in 2018!

Start the New Year off right. This is not a commercial! Biblical Archaeology Society lecturers do not get royalties for our lectures; we donate our time and expertise as a public academic service.  BAS is a non-profit organization. If you become a Biblical Archaeology Society Library member for 2018 you can stream these 20 lectures [...]...

Jonathan Z. Smith Has Died

A sad day for so many of us who loved Jonathan Z. Smith as a teacher and friend. There was no one to match him and likely won’t ever be again. For all of us a light has gone out. Not a lot to say other than what Elaine, his wife, has released to the [...]...
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