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James Tabor

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....

Tabor on Paul: Twelve Years Ago

Here is a short interview on Paul over ten years ago: That was then, and here is now, see here and of course my book Paul and Jesus. In fact I still agree with much of what I say here.  ...

Two Hairy Goats and Yom Kippur

Being “washed in the blood of the lamb” has become a more appealing cultural image to our minds than “washed in the blood of the hairy goat,” but it seems that neither image, in connection to the removal or “atonement” of sins, is related to the Day of Atonement or Covering. One of the strangest [...]...

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 [...]...

Conflicting Theology? A Review of Paul and Jesus, Parts 1 & 2

It is difficult for one to imagine a version of Christianity pre-dating Paul with none of the core theological affirmations we find in the Apostles Creed.  Yet that is precisely what our evidence indicates. The original apostles and followers of Jesus, led by James and assisted by Peter and John, continued to live as Jews, observing [...]...

Hearing from Mother Mary: Fatima at 100

When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. –Paul [...]...
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