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James Tabor

Last Chance: Meet you at St Olaf College Next Week!

There is still time (barely) to sign up for our 2018 Biblical Archaeology Society seminar at St Olaf College in Northfield, MN, July 22-28, 2018. I just have a feeling that there are some of my Blog readers out there who might like to join us even at t...

Reading Mark and John: The First Burial of Jesus

I have been amazed over the years at what one assumes is in the New Testament Gospels and what is actually there. I have been teaching these texts for over 40 years and hardly a semester goes by when I don’t see something I had missed, or have so...

Reading Mark and John Side by Side: Comparing our Earliest and Latest Sources

Gary Greenberg was kind enough to send me a copy of his fascinating new book, Proving Jesus’ Authority in Mark and John: Overlooked Evidence of a Synoptic Relationship (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). I am just beginning to read it, so I will not attempt any kind of overview or review at this point, but the book has [...]...

Saying a Sad Goodbye to James F. Strange (1938-2018)

James F. Strange died on March 23rd. I got the sad news via a text message while traveling in the deserts of Jordan. I loved him dearly, considered him my “archaeological” mentor, excavated with him for three seasons at Sepphoris in the 1990s. We differed sharply in our views of the historical Jesus but treated [...]...

Remembering Billy Graham: Some Personal Reflections

I met Billy Graham two times. The first was on his first London Crusade in March, 1954. It was his first crusade abroad and he went on to Holland, France, and Germany.  I had just turned eight years old but I remember it well. In addition to preaching at Wembley Stadium, to overflow crowds, Graham [...]...

Reading Mark and John: Naming the Names and Jesus’ First Burial

I have written several posts recently on the different Jesus traditions reflected in Mark, our earliest gospel, and John, our latest, namely on The Last Days of Jesus, A Wedding at Cana, The First Burial of Jesus, and Comparing our Earliest and Latest ...

Reading Mark and John Side-by-Side: The Last Days of Jesus

Dear Reader:This is one of the most thorough and complex blog posts I have ever done based on years of careful textual work. It is not something to breeze through, though it is written clearly and simply. You will need your Bible out and a pad of paper but your diligence will be greatly rewarded! [...]...

Crucifixion Nails: Our Latest Evidence

I am teaching an advanced undergraduate/graduate course this semester on the “Archaeology of Earliest Christianity,” probing the question of what archaeology provides as a context for understanding Jesus and his movement. Those of us who work on “Christian origins” understandably focus primarily on texts, particularly the texts of the New Testament, though some in our field [...]...

What About a Moses with “Horns”–Was it More than a Mistranslation?

Why Even Some Jews Once Believed Moses Had Horns It is often said that this is a simple matter of mistranslation, but Vulgate author Saint Jerome would not have made such a crude mistake HaAretz, Elon Gilad, March 27, 2018 https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/why-even-some-jews-once-believed-moses-had-horns-1.5949749 Famously, Michelangelo’s Moses has two horns protruding from his head. Clearly, the Renaissance genius, whose [...]...

The Top Twenty Fictions Related to the Talpiot “Jesus Family” Tomb

I consider the following to be the top twenty “fictions” related to the discussion of the Talpiot tomb separated into six basic categories. Since the Talpiot “Jesus” family tomb came into public attention in 2006 there has been an  avalanche of media coverage and Internet discussion. A simple Google search for the string “Jesus family [...]...
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