Humanities

Monday Missive – January 15, 2018

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King, both cared deeply about the lives of children.  They both fought for the integration of schools, and they both worked to create a society where children could grow up without being judged “by the color of their skin.”  On this year’s Martin Luther King Day, I think it is important that we also honor Coretta Scott King and her contributions...

Monday Missive – January 8, 2018

Celebrating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the Contributions of Women to Scientific Discourse — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus first saw print two hundred years ago this month. Written when Shelley was still a teenager, Frankenstein has long been classified as a Gothic novel, but in more recent years it has come to be seen as a pioneering work in the genre of science fiction. The term science fiction had not yet been coined when...

In Memoriam: Jonathan Z. Smith (1938-2017)

This extended tribute to the memory and work of Jonathan Z. Smith by by Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama in Religious Studies News is particularly noteworthy. http://rsn.aarweb.org/articles/memoriam-jonathan-z-smith-1938–2017  ...

On Private Property & Gender

I’m teaching a lot of new texts this term in my graduate feminist theory course, so to collect my thoughts as I work my way through the readings I’ve decided to write up something every week and post it here. ......

Religious News Service Obituary: Religion Historian Jonathan Z. Smith Dies

Religion News Service http://religionnews.com/2018/01/02/religion-historian-jonathan-z-smith-dies/   OBITUARY Religion historian Jonathan Z. Smith dies By Yonat Shimron | January 2, 2018 Religion historian Jonathan Z. Smith from a video series. Images courtesy of YouTube (RNS) — Jonathan Z. Smith, a historian and theorist of religion widely admired for his analytic rigor in comparing religions, has died. He [...]...

Apocalyptic Messianic Eschatology–Now That’s a Mouthful!

To understand Jesus and the movement that developed after his death we need to have a handle on a way of thinking that I call messianic apocalyptic eschatology. This is a way of describing a certain expectation and outlook on the world and human history that was characteristic of certain Jewish groups and movements of [...]...

A Shapeshifting Jesus: The Earliest Harmonization of the Endings of the New Testament Gospels

Sorting through the New Testament gospels accounts of the “sightings” of Jesus is incredibly complex. I have done my best to lay them out for comparison and interpretation in several posts on this blog, including “How Faith in Jesus’s Resurrection Originated and Developed: A New/Old Hypothesis.” One thing that any reader or researcher must take [...]...

Reading About the Dead Sea Scrolls vs Reading the Scrolls!

Everyone seems to “love” the Dead Sea Scrolls though I fear, much like the Bible, few seem to have actually read them. Some years ago I remember a very enthusiastic woman who came up to me after one of my public lectures on this scrolls, exclaiming, “Dr. Tabor, I just love the Dead Sea Scrolls! [...]...

The Tomb of the Shroud: Earliest Case of Leprosy in Ancient Jerusalem

The “Tomb of the Shroud,” that was discovered and investigated in 2000 by Shimon Gibson, Boaz Zissu, and me, with a team of our UNC Charlotte students  in the summer of 2000, continues to yield up many scientific secrets about life and death in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. I related the basic story [...]...

The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found, DNA, and the Tomb of the Shroud

The braided hair of a Jewish woman was found at Masada but until recently no example of preserved hair from a Jewish male had ever been found from the late 2nd Temple period. This discovery is one of the many fascinating, but less publicized finds of the 1st century “Tomb of the Shroud,” discovered in [...]...
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