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James Tabor

Tabor to Serve as 2017 BAS Publishing Awards Judge

I am honored to be a Biblical Archaeology Society “BAS Publication Awards” judge this year for “Best Book Relating to the New Testament.” I served in this way several times in the past and it is truly a great assignment. I look forward to some amazing reading. If you have written a book in this [...]...

Essays on John the Baptist: The Q Source (3)

In this new six part series I present responses to essays offered in my course at UNC Charlotte on “John the Baptist.” John is the most underrated figure in Christian tradition, rarely given his due as a messiah and inaugurator of the movement Jesus himself arose from. The responses are by my former student, Jeff Poplin, [...]...

Essays on John the Baptist: Redemptive Figures (1)

In this new six part series I present responses to essays offered in my course at UNC Charlotte on “John the Baptist.” John is the most underrated figure in Christian tradition, rarely given his due as a messiah and inaugurator of the movement Jesus himself arose from. The responses are by my student, Jeff Poplin, now [...]...

The Ancient Jewish Historian Josephus on John the Baptizer, Jesus, and James

The 1st century CE Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus, known today as Josephus, was born Yosef ben Matityahu /יוסף בן מתתיהו in the year 37 CE. He began his career as commander of the Jewish forces in the Galilee in the 1st Jewish Revolt against Rome in 66CE, subsequently surrendered to the Roman general Vespasian, [...]...

What the Bible Really Says about Death, Afterlife, and the Future (Part 2)

Continued from Part I which is linked here. THE TIME OF THE EXILE AND BEYOND Beginning in the eighth century, and well down into the sixth century B.C.E., the nation of Israel suffered through political, social, and military catastrophes. First under the Assyrians, then successively under the Babylonians and Persians, large parts of the population [...]...

Investigative Documentarian Simcha Jacobovici to be Honoured at Canadian Screen Awards

Congratulations to my friend and associate Simcha Jacobovici for this well-deserved award. At the bottom of the news story you will find the link to watch free one of Simcha’s films dealing with what we know about the methods of Roman crucifixion in Judea based on the latest forensic evidence and input from Prof. Israel [...]...

Essays on John the Baptist: Messianic Expectations (2)

In this new six part series I present responses to essays offered in my course at UNC Charlotte on “John the Baptist.” John is the most underrated figure in Christian tradition, rarely given his due as a messiah and inaugurator of the movement Jesus himself arose from. The responses are by my former student, Jeff Poplin, [...]...

Can A Pre-Christian Version of the Book of Revelation Be Recovered?

The thesis of this post is a simple one. Behind the New Testament book of Revelation, formally called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” (Rev 1:1), is an older Jewish apocalyptic document that had nothing to do with Jesus or the early Christian movement. The question is, can such a older text be recovered, given the [...]...

In-Depth Reading on the Talpiot “Jesus Family” Tomb

I find it somewhat amazing that so many freely expressing opinions on the controversial Talpiot “Jesus” tomb and/or the “James ossuary” have not kept up with even the most minimum of the latest research on the topic. I find this is the case even with all too many of my academic colleagues, not to mention [...]...

Who Reads this Blog? A Global Breakdown

I thought readers, new and old, might find these stats of interest. Have you ever wondered who reads this blog–on a global scale? Here are a few  graphics of the global countries and territories where my blog is read, sorted by numbers of page-views. The listings might surprise you. In all the blog reaches 221 [...]...
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