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James Tabor

The Only Authentic 1st Century Burial Shroud Ever Discovered in Jerusalem

Various TV programs during this Spring/Easter season have focused on the question of the authenticity of the controversial “Shroud of Turin,” Those challenging the authenticity of this ancient relic point to carbon dating tests done at three independent labs in 1988 that dated samples of its cloth to AD 1260-1390, which coincides with the first [...]...

The Real Jesus: Robert Powell Revisits the Holy Land 50 Years after Zeffirelli’s Classic “Jesus of Nazareth”

Don’t miss “The Real Jesus”  that premiers on Sunday at 8pm ET on the Smithsonian Channel. This four-part series takes the famous 1977 Franco Zeffirelli’s  “Jesus of Nazareth” film star, Robert Powell, who became to the masses the quintessential blue-eyed “Jesus,” back to the Holy Land on the 50th anniversary of the film to explore [...]...

The PBS Two Hour Special “Last Days of Jesus” is Available On-line Free of Charge

If you missed the recent PBS two hour special “Last Days of Jesus” you can stream it free of charge on-line here, though this might be only for viewers in the United States, I am not sure:...

Last Days of Jesus: PBS Two-Hour Special Airs This Week

This special two-hour PBS program airs tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 4th, 8/7c and is repeated Wednesday and Thursday, see local listings for times. I am one of the presenters and we filmed on location in Israel this past January. I have not seen it yet but I think it will take a nicely different direction [...]...

Was Jesus Naked at his Resurrection?

I never thought much about it until looking at this lovely painting by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio c. 1500), where Jesus is ever so discretely clothed–though barely so–as his companion Mary Magdalene tries to “touch” him (John 20:11-18). The baby Jesus is regularly portrayed nude in Middle Age and Renaissance paintings, presumably to emphasize the reality [...]...

April 19, 1993–Waco Branch Davidian Tragedy Going on 25 Years

April 19th has become a day of infamy in American history with the Branch Davidian tragedy in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the horrible Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City FBI building bombing in 1995. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Waco. As some of you know this hits home with me in a personal way [...]...

Passover, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday: Digging into our Sources

So once again Holy Week has arrived. Palm Sunday was yesterday, clouded by the horrific bombings of the Christian gatherings in Egypt. Today is the 14th of the Jewish month of Nisan, with the festival of Passover beginning at sundown.  Jews around the world will gather to solemnly remember and celebrate the LORD God who [...]...

The Famed Triumphant Arch of Titus in Rome in Living Color Again!

Perhaps some of you have heard about the fabulous project at Yeshiva University pioneered by my friend Professor Steven Fine and others to restore the original colors to the famed Arch of Titus. It is finished and now can be viewed in this remarkable video. This project is as fascinating as it is chilling, remembering [...]...

Was Christianity All a Mistake? Prof. Strange’s Review of My Take on Jesus (Part 1)

In December, 2006 my friend and senior colleague Prof. James F. Strange, Professor of New Testament at the University of South Florida wrote a very interesting and provocative two-page review of my book, The Jesus Dynasty for Biblical Archaeology Review. That review has now been archived on the Biblical Archaeology web site, so you can [...]...

Happy New Year!–at least on the Biblical Hebrew Calendar

Today brings the New Moon or a new month on the Jewish calendar. But it is not  just any new moon. According to the Torah, “This month (literally “new”) shall be to you head of the months…Exodus 12:1. Today is the beginning of Nisan or Aviv, the biblical name of this new moon/month. This is [...]...
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