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James Tabor

Jesus, His Brother James, and Peter: When a Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Few readers of the English Bible realize that the name “James” actually comes from the Hebrew name Jacob or Yaaqov, which adds to the confusion over the various “Jameses” mentioned in the New Testament. There is, of course, Jacob the Patriarch, grandson of Abraham; James the Apostle, the fisherman brother of John and one of [...]...

If I Ascend to Heaven . . . Paul’s Journey to Paradise

I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Chicago, on “Paul’s Ascent to Paradise” under the direction of Jonathan Z. Smith, the late and great Robert M. Grant, and Bernard McGinn. Its focus was the celebrated passage where Paul reports his extraordinary experience, as a “man in Christ” who was taken to the “third [...]...

The Changing of the Guard: Robert Cargill Takes over as Editor of Biblical Archaeology Review

Like many of my readers I just received the November/December 2017 issue of the ever-fascinating Biblical Archaeology Review. As usual, it is chock full of interesting feature articles. If you are a subscriber, you probably, like me, begin paging through each new issues as soon as it arrives. The “First Person” piece by long-term editor Hershel [...]...

John of Brienne, Templar “King of Jerusalem” and the Talpiot “Jesus” Tomb

Since all the publicity about the Talpiot “Jesus Family” tomb broke back in 2007 it seems that the hypothesis of a 13th century CE Templar connection to this tomb has fascinated the public. After all, almost anything about the mysterious Templars is guaranteed to raise popular interest–hence the half dozen or so recent documentaries on [...]...

The Biblical Roots of Millennialism and the Book of Revelation

This article, published in the December, 1999 issue of Bible Review magazine remains relevant to this day....

Remembering Sir Flinders Petrie

One of the special perks of having Dr. Shimon Gibson as our director at our UNC Charlotte sponsored Mt. Zion excavations is having him guide us about the Old City of Jerusalem. Dr. Gibson, or “Shimon,” as we affectionately call him, is not only an expert on the archaeology of the ancient Levant but he [...]...

Here It Is At Last: A Pre-Christian Version of the Book of Revelation!

The most popular post on my Blog, measured by reader interest is titled “Can A Pre-Christian Version of the Book be Recovered?” It has over 5000 views since it was first published. In that post I suggest, hypothetically, that such a text might possible be extracted from the current version we now have in the Greek [...]...

The 2017 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards

The 2017 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards were just announced in the latest November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. These were carefully selected from hundreds of entries so any or all of them are certainly worthy of purchase and reading. I was honored to serve as one of the judges in the New Testament category, so [...]...

Remembering Servetus: The “One God” Movement Among Evangelical Christians

Michael Servetus (aka Miguel Serveto) is surely one of the most remarkable men of history, though he is largely unknown in general circles. He was born in Spain in 1511 and died in 1553, at age 42, burnt at the stake as a heretic by John Calvin’s Geneva Council. He was a brilliant scientist and [...]...

The Festival of Tabernacles or Sukkoth and What it Means to Millions of Jews and Non-Jews in 2017

Tonight on the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of one of the lessor known festivals in the biblical calendar. Many non-Jews have heard of Passover, Pentecost (Shavuot), Rosh HaShanah, and Yom Kippur, but the larger culture knows little about Sukkoth–sometimes called the “feast of Tabernacles.” Sukkoth begins when the moon reaches its fullness, marking the [...]...
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