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James Tabor

My Guest Post on Bart Ehrman’s Blog

  I wanted to thank Bart Ehrman, my colleague down the road at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for inviting me to guest post on his popular Blog. My post, titled “The Historian and the Supernatural,” will appear in two parts–today and tomorrow. I have also agreed to respond to comments as [...]...

Daniel Chapter 11 and “Failed” Predictions: Some Hanukkah Thoughts

Daniel chapter 11 might well be the longest “continual” prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Indeed, it appears to be referred to in Daniel 10:21–the chapter leading up to the Daniel’s most disturbing vision–as the “book of truth.” It is surely one of the most influential in terms of firing up apocalyptic visions and expectations through [...]...

New Evidence on the James Ossuary and its Probable Connection to the Talpiot Jesus Tomb

There is a new scientific paper published just this week by a distinguished team of international geologists, chemists, and earth scientists, titled “The Geochemistry of Intrusive Sediment Sampled from the 1st Century CE Inscribed Ossuaries of James and the Talpiot Tomb,” that is now available on-line. Based on extensive soil samples from a wide sample [...]...

Who Is a Jew?

Anyone who works on the apostle Paul comes up against this question almost immediately–namely “Who Is a Jew”? After all, in different contexts Paul affirms that “in Christ” there is “neither Jew nor Gentile” while also affirming that “He is a real Jew who is one inwardly, whose circumcision is of the heart.” He also [...]...

Evidence of the Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem found in Mount Zion Excavation!

Press Release via Eureka Alert: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uonc-eot080819.php Researchers digging at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s ongoing archaeological excavation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem have announced a second significant discovery from the 2019 season – clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city from 587/586 BCE. [See Evidence for 1099 Crusader Siege of Jerusalem for [...]...

Why a “Spiritual” Resurrection is the Only Sensible Option

Jews, Christians, and Muslims all affirm the doctrine of “resurrection of the dead” as a central tenet of eschatology–that is, the understanding of the “last things” or how human history is to end. One common misunderstanding, especially among Christians, is that resurrection of the dead is equivalent to the idea of corpse revival, namely that [...]...

Restoring Abrahamic Faith: Out of Print but Available for Personal Reading

RESTORING ABRAHAMIC FAITH A biblically based exposition of the ancient Hebrew faith of Abraham for the 21st century of interest to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and secularists. by Dr. James D. Tabor This little 170 page book has sold out and will be reprinted when funds are available. For details on obtaining a PDF copy for [...]...

Standing in the Shadow of Schweitzer

In my 2006 New York Times bestselling book, The Jesus Dynasty, which was subsequently translated into twenty-six languages, I included the following dedication: Ad Memoriam Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Missionary, philosopher, historian extraordinaire. In whose shadow we all stand. My book appeared on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Schweitzer’s most influential 1906 work, titled in English, The Quest [...]...

Remembering David S. Tabor

My dearly beloved oldest son, David Tabor, age 51, lost his battle with cancer after a long struggle on Friday morning August 30th. He died at MDAnderson Cancer Center in Houston, so he had access to the best most innovative care, but things were too advanced by the time he was diagnosed. His mother Linda [...]...

Travel with Me to Israel in March 2020!

If you want to travel with me to Israel in 2020 we have just opened registrations for a specialized tour like no other. I am just back from our Mt Zion excavation which marks my 70th trip to the Holy Land since my first visit with my family in the summer of 1962 at age [...]...