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May 22 2017, 1PM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Paul]

May 21, 6AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Paul] [Philosophical]

May 20, 3PM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [theology]

May 19, 4AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Paul]

May 18, 8AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Culture] [Paul]

May 14, 5AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Paul]

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I want to put in a good word this Sunday morning for Professor Bart Ehrman’s blog–my fellow New Testament scholar down the road at UNC Chapel Hill. Unlike other blogs out there you have to “pay” to read it–beyond the tantaliz... [Bible] [Christian Origins] [religious studies]

May 13, 4AM

In this new series I have gathered together a list of fateful New Testament passages that have been both understood and misunderstood over subsequent ages in ways that reinforce and foster incalculable harm to our lives. I did not try to order these into ... [Uncategorized]

May 12, 6AM

Millions were introduced to the famous “Ark of the Covenant,” if not in Sunday school growing up, then through the blockbuster 1981 “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Indiana Jones film. The familiar image of the gold plated ark with its an... [Biblical News Stories] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

May 11, 5AM

This is the third installment of my response to the review of my book, The Jesus Dynasty, by my friend and colleague Prof. James F. Strange published in the Biblical Archaeology Review (November/December, 2006, pp. 72-76). You can read Parts 1 and 2 here ... [book review] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [John the Baptist]

May 8, 5AM

Here is the Part 2 of my reposting of my responses to the review of my 2006 book, The Jesus Dynasty, by my friend and colleague Prof. James F. Strange originally published in Biblical Archaeology Review (November/December, 2006, pp. 72-76). You can read P... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [family of Jesus] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 6, 12 PM

I want to thank my dear friend of over 45 years, Dr. Philip Arnold, with all his dignity (Ph.D. in New Testament from Rice University), philanthropist extraordinaire (http://reunioninstitute.net), for letting his “hair down” in this lovely vi... [Event] [Personal] [Waco] [Worship]

May 5, 4AM

I read the news on Wednesday in the NY Times tribute obituary: “Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87.” I realize many of my readers have likely never heard of the extraordinary philosophical contributions of Pr... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Death and Resurrection] [Event] [in memoriam] [theology]

April 19, 9AM

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 independe... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [History of Jerusalem] [James Ossuary] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

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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... [Apocalypticism] [Event] [messianism] [Waco]

April 14, 5AM

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 quinte... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Event] [historical Jesus] [History of Jerusalem] [John the Baptist] [messianism]

April 10, 11AM

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 wo... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Festivals] [historical Jesus] [messianism]

April 8, 5AM

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: [Uncategorized]

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Perhaps some of you have heard about the fabulous project at Yeshiva University pioneered by my friend Professor Steven Fine and others. It is finished and now can be viewed in this remarkable video. This project is as fascinating as it is chilling, remem... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism] [Roman World]

April 3, 9AM

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 ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [Judaism] [messianism] [Roman World]

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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. ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

March 31, 6AM

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 20:11-1... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Death and Resurrection] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

March 28, 6AM

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 Nis... [Biblical Expositions] [Festivals] [Judaism]

March 27, 6AM

Parts 1 & 2 are posted here and here. These were introduced by another post on “Another Comforter: The Forgotten Brother of Jesus” which you can read here. The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you will leave us. Who is going to be our l... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Family]

March 26, 4AM

Subscribe to TaborBlog in the sidebar and don’t miss a single post Part 1 was posted here. If you missed it please go back and read this series of posts in sequence. Thus in ­Luke’s account in Acts, when James suddenly appears out of nowhere as l... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [messianism]

March 25, 8AM

Today I begin a series of posts on “James the Just,” the largely forgotten brother of Jesus, following up on my post “Another Comforter: The Forgotten Brother of Jesus” on the missing key to understanding Christian origins.1 The d... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [messianism]

March 21, 2PM

I am most pleased to note that one of my most popular Biblical Archaeology Society Seminars is on sale for a limited time at 75% off! I am not sure how long this sale will last and I should point out none of us receive royalties for such lectures, so when... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Death and Resurrection] [Judaism] [messianism]

March 17, 5PM

Discover the historical Jesus in a new way through The Jesus Discovery (only $6.45 paperback on Amazon–less than a Kindle, and brand new! It begins with the controversial Talpiot tombs (see “Does the Evidence Add Up?)but then uses that avenue ... [Archaeology] [book review] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Family] [Jewish Christianity]

March 15, 8AM

One of the ideas I explore and develop in my 2006 book, The Jesus Dynasty, was the notion of two Messiahs. I had no idea it would become sensational–much less controversial. It actually became headline news, with a cover story in USNews & World ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [historical Jesus] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

March 3, 1PM

Those engaged in the academic study of religions, and specifically the origins and development of early Christianity, draw a sharp distinction between what they call the historical Jesus and the “Christ” of Christian faith and devotion. How an... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Family] [Mary Mother of Jesus]

February 28, 10AM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

February 27, 9AM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [Judaism] [messianism]

February 26, 6AM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist]

February 25, 12 PM

by jdtabor via TaborBlog (#86990)
I am honored to be a Biblical Archaeology Society “BAS Publication Awards” judge this year for “Best Book Relating to the New Testament.” I look forward to some amazing reading. If you have written a book in this category send it i... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

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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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [science]

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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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

February 24, 1PM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

February 23, 3PM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [Judaism] [messianism]

February 22, 5AM

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... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [messianism]

February 21, 2PM

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 ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

February 20, 7AM

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... [Archaeology] [James Ossuary] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

February 19, 5AM

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 ... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Death and Resurrection] [Judaism]

February 18, 1PM

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-view... [Tabor's Blog]

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Here in two parts, one today, the second tomorrow, I want to offer a broad sketch of how the Biblical hope of “life after death” emerged and developed. Expect some surprises. What few realize, especially those who have focused more on the New ... [Biblical Expositions] [Death and Resurrection] [Hebrew Bible]

February 17, 7AM

Most of us who teach in the field of Christian Origins get asked from time to time by students or in public lectures, “Professor, Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?” Scholars are aware of the rich and diverse ways in which the term &... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [historical Jesus] [Judaism] [messianism]

February 15, 6AM

For many years I have been interested in the controversial question of whether Christopher Columbus might have been Jewish–and thus functioning in the Spanish Court as a converso or “secret” Jew. It is surely not without significance t... [Uncategorized]

February 14, 5PM

Pictures often say more than words can tell…No further comment needed. My thanks to Prof. Candida Moss, expert on early Greco-Roman and Christian Martyrdom, for posting the cartoon. [Culture] [Event] [Greco-Roman Culture]

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This lovely photo was taken around 1990 before we began our UNC Charlotte sponsored excavations on the hillside in the foreground, just outside Zion Gate along the Turkish (16th century) Wall of the Old City. The impressive bell tower and four turreted Do... [Gallery]

February 9, 1PM

  I am most pleased to see the important research of David Clausen, who did his M.A. work with me and Dr. Shimon Gibson here at UNC Charlotte, highlighted in the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. ((David Clausen, “Archaeological Views:... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins]

February 5, 8AM

Recently I saw a news story about a woman who lost 177 lbs and restored her health by followed what was called “The Daniel Diet.” I found her story compelling and inspiring. Apparently this idea is being picked up in many churches throughout t... [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist]

February 2, 8AM

The earliest mention of the practice of circumcision in the Bible is in the book of Genesis, chapter 17:10 “This is my covenant with you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you; Every male among you shall be circumcised”&... [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

February 1, 11AM

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post and drew a massive response, pro and con.  It is reposted her without editing due to popular demand as well as the important biblical and cinematic issues it addresses. Enjoy! Darren Aronofsky’s ... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

January 26, 5AM

Plato’s mysterious tale of Atlantis–the advanced ancient civilization that simply disappeared, has fascinated us for 2500 years. Did Atlantis in fact exist? If so, what circumstances could have led to its sudden disappearance and is there any... [Event] [ancient world] [Television]

January 21, 12 PM

I am staying overnight at the lovely Mt Zion hotel, overlooking the Hinnom Valley south of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is one of my favorite places in the world. I have stayed here a half dozen times over the years, both when we have been excavating at ... [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [Paul]

December 23 2016, 4PM

What is altogether fascinating is a much earlier and little known biblical reference to a different but very related date–Kislev 24 on the Jewish calendar–which begins this evening, December 23rd, at sundown. This year Christmas Eve and Hanukk... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [History of Jerusalem] [Judaism]

December 10, 7AM

I finished up Religious Studies 3113, my “Historical Jesus” course here at UNC Charlotte on Tuesday. For the last class I wanted to try to offer an overview of what we can say about Jesus both in terms of what he did and what he said. Here are... [historical Jesus]

November 7, 6AM

If you live in or anywhere near Charlotte, North Carolina we hope to see you at this lecture, open to the public and free of charge. Come and learn the latest about our exciting excavation in the ancient city of Jerusalem. The sacred city of Jerusalem is ... [Archaeology] [Event]

November 4, 9AM

I have made 60 trips to the Holy Land since 1990 but only five of those involved tours. Usually I go for academic research, or for a filming project, or to do archaeology. If and when I lead a tour I want it to be really something special and unique–... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [historical Jesus] [History of Jerusalem] [Judaism]

October 28, 5AM

The extraordinary discoveries of at our Mt Zion site related to the Crusader period have been studied by Prof. Rafi Lewis and were profiled this week in HaAretz: Debris from Crusader Attack on Queen of Jerusalem Found on Mount Zion. Next week he will be ... [Archaeology] [History of Jerusalem]

October 25, 4PM

October 6, 2AM

In my post on “That Other King of the Jews,” I stressed my own conviction that Jesus of Nazareth thought of himself as much more than a teacher, prophet, or healer, but rather that he understood himself to be nothing less than the “one t... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [messianism]
Then they arrayed him in scarlet, and when they had plaited it they invested him with a victor’s wreath made of thorn, and saluted him with, “Hail! King of the Jews!” (Mark 15:18).   According to the gospel of Mark, when Jesus is o... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

October 3, 8AM

Cry aloud to God our strength, raise a shout to the God of Jacob. This evening at sundown the Jewish holiday popularly known as Rosh HaShanah begins. Literally, rosh ha-Shanah means “head of the year.” It is commonly included on our secular calenda... [Biblical Expositions] [Judaism]

September 14, 8AM

A Roman gold coin depicting the Emperor Nero, dated to 56 CE was discovered in summer, 2016 at UNC Charlotte’s archaeological excavation at Jerusalem’s Mt. Zion.Credit: Shimon Gibson The discovery of a rare gold coin bearing the image of the R... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Roman World]

September 5, 6AM

I recently wrote a post titled “Do Historians Exclude the Supernatural?” Here I want to explore a related issue that one often hears from a variety of circles also having to do with methods of the academic study of religions–how scholars... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [religious studies]

September 4, 7AM

It has become almost axiomatic to assume that any responsible “quest for the historical Jesus” will value the Synoptic gospels–particularly Mark–as primary and more historically reliable in contrast to the gospel of John, which is ... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

September 3, 8AM

It has become common to read the Gospel of John, with its theology of Christ as the heavenly Messiah, its attitudes toward the Torah, and its “othering” reference to “the Jews,” as elements of an emerging anti-Judaic, or even anti-... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins]

August 20, 7AM

Legendary stories of gods fathering humans, so common in  Greco-Roman culture, may well have contributed to accounts of Jesus’ miraculous birth in Matthew and Luke but I would suggest an alternative. I am convinced that the idea of Jesus’ bir... [Uncategorized]

July 28, 12 PM

The investigative task of the ancient historian is by definition an interpretive one and no interpretation is without predisposition or even prejudgment stemming  from known or unknown proclivities of both a personal and contextual nature. Add to this th... [Philosophical] [religious studies]

July 20, 5AM

There is a very intriguing story, unique to the Gospel of John, about a wedding attended by Jesus and his disciples at the Galilean village of Cana (John 2:1–11). Within the Gospel of John the story functions in a theological and even allegorical manner... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [historical Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [Mary Mother of Jesus] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

July 14, 4AM

The influential Israeli newspaper HaAretz offers a nice profile of our 2016 Mt Zion excavation in today’s Premium on-line edition highlight some of our new finds and offering a summary of past seasons and what we are concluding.1 Archaeologists e... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology]

July 2, 4AM

According to the Jewish historian Josephus (Jewish War 7:389-406), when the Roman Tenth Legion finally captured the desert fortress of Masada in the spring of 73 CE, bringing a tragic end to the Jewish Revolt, 960 Jewish defenders of Masada–men, wom... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Judaism]

May 31, 5AM

They sent over a young archaeologist by the name of Amos Kloner. He climbed into the tomb and came out literally shaking. I’ll never forget. I asked him what he saw and he repeatedly muttered ‘I never saw such a thing….I never saw such a tomb.’ La... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 22, 4PM

From the lovely, elegant, and scholarly 1985 JPS translation, to the unparalleled Oxford maps, the extensive scholarly, well-balanced notes (including academic as well as rabbinic perspectives), the essays, tables, and charts in the back, with additional ... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

May 13, 6AM

Our archeological excavation begins one month from today at our unique site on Mt Zion. We are the only foreign university currently excavating in Jerusalem. We have a record number of participants coming this year–over 70 total plus staff, coming f... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology]

May 1, 7AM

The magazine Popular Archaeology has just done a very nice cover story feature on our Suba “John the Baptist” cave excavation for their Spring issue.  We conducted from 2000-2011—overlapping with our Mt Zion dig.  Even though that excavation is l... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist]

April 22, 7AM

Wishing all of my readers a meaningful, insightful, and joyous Passover, however observed or not. Remembering ancient Israel’s birth of freedom and all those who seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as our core human values. Shabbat Shal... [Bible] [Event] [Judaism] [Personal]

April 9, 9AM

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. Today is the beginning of Nisan... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

April 3, 4PM

I have been thinking lately about the essential differences between Judaism and Christianity, or more properly, the kind of religion reflected in the Hebrew Bible and that of the Greek New Testament. In terms of definition and label I am neither a Jew no... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]
One of the most fascinating interviews I have ever read is one conducted by Biblical Archaeology Review editor Hershel Shanks with Jewish thinker and Holocaust surviver Elie Wiesel and renowned Harvard Biblical scholar Frank Moore Cross (BAR July/August, ... [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [historical Jesus]
Happily, I come out of a Christian tradition in which the Hebrew Bible carries as much authority as the New Testament. No different weight is given to one or the other. The Bible is one, Old and New, in my particular tradition. My own interest is far more... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus]

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The mystery deepens…the plot thickens… Few have heard anything about the “Abba Cave,” discovered in 1971 in the north Jerusalem suburb of Givat Hamivtar–not far from the tomb of “Yehohanan,” the famous “cru... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Archaeology] [Judaism]

March 27, 4AM

Carefully re-reading the late and sorely missed Jane Schaberg’s book, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, which I heartily recommend to all my readers, has set me to thinking and working through all the texts related to her once again, particularly... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [family of Jesus] [historical Jesus] [Mary Magdalene] [resurrection] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]
All across the world this morning, moving from east to west, Easter bells are ringing. Multiple millions will gather in churches to celebrate Easter–“Rejoice! Christ is Risen!” will be the theme of every service. Without exception texts ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [resurrection] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

March 26, 5AM

Jesus was taken down from the cross a few hours before sundown on the preparation day for Passover, the afternoon of the 14th of Nisan. Joseph of Arimathea, an influential follower, had hastily placed Jesus’ dead body in an unfinished rock-hewn tomb... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty]

December 12 2015, 8AM

TaborBlog is under maintenance with a redesign and new features and will be back up soon. Thanks for your interest and your patience. James D. Tabor   [Uncategorized]

December 5, 3PM

Tomorrow night, Sunday, December 6th, begins the festival of Dedication, more popularly known as Hanukkah–the festival of Lights. This special Jewish festival that non-Jews often mistakenly think of as the “Jewish Christmas,” has its ori... [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism]

November 30, 8AM

The marvelous JPS 2011 Oxford Leather Jewish Study Bible—which I highly recommend, is for sale today, Cyber Monday, through Christianbook.com for $27.99—regular price $79.99—that is 65% off! Here is the link: http://www.christianbook.com/jewish-feat... [Bible] [book review] [Hebrew Bible]

November 16, 1PM

There is a very intriguing story, unique to the Gospel of John, about a wedding attended by Jesus and his disciples at the Galilean village of Cana (John 2:1–11). Within the Gospel of John the story functions in a theological … Continue reading &#... [Tabor's Blog]

November 10, 4PM

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. [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Paul] [theology]

November 8, 9AM

Dr. Ben Carson has made lots of controversial headlines this week with his assertion, that turns out to be qute common in certain Adventist/Fundamentalist Christian circles, that the biblical Joseph in fact built the Great Pyramid of Cheops–the one ... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [history]

October 30, 1PM

Robert Kuhn, an old friend, colleague, and producer of the amazing PBS program “Closer to Truth,” (see my own contributions here) has just published a most provocative piece at LiveScience titled: “The Singularity, Virtual Immortality a... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [Philosophical] [science]

October 11, 6AM

  I am visiting the National Gallery of Art this weekend studying the various “faces of Mary” the mother of Jesus. The variety of portrayals is fascinating. Here are a few of my favorites.   [Christian Origins] [Mary Mother of Jesus] [Photos & Images] [Tabor's Blog]

September 28, 8AM

I am officially announcing today a special 10th Anniversary “Experiencing the Jesus Dynasty” tour to Israel in 2016. The dates are March 4-13. As many will remember, The Jesus Dynasty was published in April 2006 and became an New York Times... [Archaeology] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Jesus Dynasty]

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I just heard via Jack Sasson the sad news of Prof. John Howard Schütz’s passing. John was professor Emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chapel Hill. He was severely brain damaged in a bicycle accident in … Co... [book review] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul] [religious studies]

September 25, 6AM

I will be posting information on our 2016 Mt Zion dig season this weekend–yes the months are passing and it is almost that time. Here is some fabulous coverage in the latest issue of the UNC Charlotte magazine linked here. You … Continue read... [Archaeology] [news]

September 11, 3AM

Any number of our early Christian sources record that the Gospel of Matthew was originally composed in Hebrew. We have fragmentary quotations of various versions thereof from writers like Jerome, but we also have three separate manuscripts of Matthew in &... [Christian Origins] [Jewish Christianity]

August 26, 5AM

An oldie but goodie from the ever-insightful R. Joseph Hoffmann. I’ve been puzzling about this recently: whether there is anything that Christian and Muslim fundamentalists have in common. I’ll leave the Jews and the Sikhs and Hindus to one side ̷... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [history] [religious studies]

August 22, 4AM

Here is a fabulous TV segment on our Mount Zion excavation offering a wonderful overview of our team and accomplishments with interviews and plans for the future! Please watch, share, and spread it for us–and join us in 2016 if … Continue read... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [history]

August 5, 11AM

Breaking news! The word is out as of today and I am writing this on the plane flying back from Jerusalem. A first century CE mikveh or ritual bath was recently uncovered just south of the Old City and east … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Jewish Christianity] [Tabor's Blog] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

July 22, 7AM

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 … Continue readin... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [messianism]

July 19, 1PM

This is the question I have been asked most often during the week I have been back. I have told our students and participants to answer with the retort–“everything that is there, from modern back to Iron Age.” This is … Continue re... [Archaeology] [Judaism]

July 17, 4AM

Here is a nice video overview of our UNC Charlotte archaeological excavation, ongoing since 2007, directed by Dr. Shimon Gibson, our archaeologist and visiting professor of History at UNC Charlotte, and me. [Tabor's Blog]

July 11, 1PM

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 … Continue readin... [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist]

July 6, 8PM

It is not too late to join us July 19th through 25th…Full details are here. The BAS Summer Vacation Seminar at St. Olaf is back by popular demand! This year, the tranquil campus of St. Olaf College will welcome two … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Hebrew Bible]

June 23, 7AM

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 … Continue readin... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [messianism]

June 17, 12 PM

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 … Continue readin... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [John the Baptist]

June 12, 2PM

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 … Continu... [Apocalypticism] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Jesus Dynasty] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]

June 11, 4AM

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 … Continu... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [John the Baptist] [messianism]

June 8, 3AM

From Simcha Jacobovici’s blog this morning, breaking news from Israel… Lod District Court (Lod, Israel) – After 4 years in court, Judge Jacob Sheinman handed down a landmark decision today in my libel suit filed against former Israel Antiqui... [Archaeology] [Event] [jesus discovery] [news] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

June 6, 3AM

Courtesy of “Bible History Daily” from the Biblical Archaeology Society Link: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/biblical-name-eshbaal-found-outside-of-the-bible/ Khirbet Qeiyafa excavators publi... [Archaeology] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [israel]

June 2, 7AM

Some of you might remember the riots that broke out on Mt Zion last May when the Pope visited Jerusalem and held a Mass in the “Upper Room” or Cenacle, traditional site where Jesus ate his Last Supper. See the … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Event]

May 31, 7AM

Legendary stories of gods fathering humans, so common in  Greco-Roman culture, may well have contributed to accounts of Jesus’ miraculous birth in Matthew and Luke but I would suggest an alternative. I am convinced that the idea of Jesus’ bir... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Paul]

May 27, 1PM

Who are you? Are you the Messiah? Or the Prophet? Or Elijah? One of the ideas I explore and develop in my 2006 book, The Jesus Dynasty, was the notion of two Messiahs. I had no idea it would become … Continue reading → [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [John the Baptist] [messianism]

May 23, 8PM

Chag Sameach Shavuot–Happy Festival of Weeks! This year it just happens that the traditional Jewish day of the “Festival of Weeks,” known otherwise as Pentecost (from the Greek word πεντηκοστή meaning “50th”), corre... [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

May 19, 5AM

I am absolutely fascinated with old photos, engravings, and maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land–especially from the 19th century. I have written previously of the massive 13 x 17 foot Stephan Illes model of Jerusalem from 1873 here. When … Con... [history] [israel] [Photos & Images]

May 17, 5PM

June 7, 1967. Are you old enough to remember?  Those of us who are will never forget how the entire world was riveted to their televisions during the “Six Day War.” Today is Yom Yerushalayim or “Jerusalem Day” on the … Conti... [Tabor's Blog]

May 14, 11AM

We are officially kicking off a “crowd-funding” campaign to raise money for our Mt Zion excavation in Jerusalem, which begins a month from today. The magazine Popular Archaeology recently headlined our dig with the following update and you c... [Archaeology] [Event]

May 1, 7AM

The numbers are in. April, 2015 had the highest volume of traffic for a month in the history of this blog–whether measured by “page views” or number of unique visitors. This goes back nearly 10 years to 2006 when it … Continue read... [Tabor's Blog]

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In April, 2006 I published The Jesus Dynasty.  Now in paperback it has continued to sell moderately but steadily. I wrote it as a popular summary of my own personal lifelong “quest” for the historical Jesus. It is written in … Continue ... [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [messianism] [Panthera] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 30, 11AM

Something of which I am more and more convinced is the paramount importance of James the brother of Jesus to the very survival of the Messianic movement in the critical months and years following the tragic and brutal murders of … Continue reading &... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 29, 5PM

It took 22 years but our Waco work has hit the mainstream. It was referenced on CBS’s award winning show, Madame Secretary (Episode 18, that aired March 29, 2015). My guess would be the Malcom Gladwell piece “Sacred and Profane” … ... [Apocalypticism] [Waco]

April 23, 5AM

I will be leading a seminar this weekend at the 72nd annual United Israel Conference here in Charlotte, NC at the lovely Doubletree Hotel in Southpark. Registration is open to anyone interested. My topic deals with “Apocalypticism, from the Dead ... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [messianism]

April 20, 11AM

On April 5th, 2015, Haaretz, Israel’s most respected newspaper, published a Hebrew article by Nir Hasson, their archaeology correspondent. Here is an English Translation provided by Simcha Jacobovici. Jesus was buried in Jerusalem’s Armon Ha’Natziv/... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 16, 9AM

Many years ago a man from the BBC came to me and he asked me if the Dead Sea Scrolls will harm Christianity. I said to him that nothing can harm Christianity. The only thing which could be dangerous to … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 15, 5AM

A simple point but I have heard this repeatedly from various colleagues…even just this past week. Q. How can you say this “Jesus” tomb in east Talpiot is the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth when most academics agree the … Continue... [Archaeology] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 14, 7AM

Although many of my colleagues are suffering from a malady called TTFS  (Talpiot tomb fatigue syndrome), and likely view further posts on the subject (especially from me!) akin to “beating a dead horse,” I trust their condition will not be &#... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 10, 3AM

In spite of the virtually unanimous ecclesiastical tradition that the evangelist Mark was the interpreter of Peter, the most prestigious leader among the Apostles in Christian memory, the Gospel of Mark was mostly neglected in the Patristic period. Moreov... [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins]

April 9, 12 PM

Some years ago, after reading my book, The Jesus Dynasty, my dear friend and colleague, the late great Jerome Murphy O’Conner asked me the following: You say that the body of Jesus was removed from its temporary resting place to a … Continue ... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Paul] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

11AM

Since the NYTimes story broke last Sunday reporting on Dr. Aryeh Shimron’s linking of the James ossuary with the ossuaries discovered in 1980 in the Talpiot “Jesus” tomb,[1] I have been both amazed and amused at the reactions from vario... [Tabor's Blog]

April 7, 12 PM

Ben Witherington[1] has a new blog post titled “Once More with Feeling: Did the James Ossuary come out of the Talpiot Tomb?” in response to Sunday’s NYTimes story on the recently concluded chemical tests carried out on the controversial... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Mary Magdalene] [Mary Mother of Jesus] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

8AM

Click and play image or use the link below: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/has-lost-tomb-jesus-been-found-n337086 [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 4, 3PM

Tomorrow’s Sunday New York Times will break a story based on new chemical soil tests done on the ossuaries from the Talpiot “Jesus” tomb comparing it with the controversial “James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” ossuary. Dr... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

6AM

The Jesus Dynasty was published in April 2006 (Simon & Schuster). It was a New York Times Best Seller, featured on ABC’s Nightline and 20/20 and the cover of USNews & World Report. It has been translated into 22 languages. Here … Cont... [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Greco-Roman Culture] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [Mary Mother of Jesus] [messianism] [Panthera] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

March 26, 10AM

The recent CNN “Finding Jesus” special  titled “Secret Brother of Jesus,” that dealt with with the question of whether Jesus had brothers and sisters as well as the controversies surrounding the “James ossuary” has put... [Archaeology] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

March 22, 9AM

Don’t miss the “Masada” special to air this Friday night on the Smithsonian Channel, March 27 at 9pm (ET), see details here. The program will be repeated Saturday March 28th at 12am and 6pm. This program was done in conjunction … C... [Archaeology] [history] [israel] [Judaism]

March 20, 7AM

My latest article in the Huffington Post with a new gallery of photos, some previously unpublished, related to the “Tomb of the Shroud,” discovered in the year 2000 in Akledama, in the Hinnom Valley just south of Jerusalem. CNN focused on ... [Tabor's Blog]

March 5, 9AM

So the soldiers, out of the wrath and hatred they bore the Jews, nailed those they caught, one after one way, and another after another, to the crosses, by way of jest, when their multitude was so great, that room … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins]

March 3, 8AM

February 11, 9AM

They sent over a young archaeologist by the name of Amos Kloner. He climbed into the tomb and came out literally shaking. I’ll never forget. I asked him what he saw and he repeatedly muttered ‘I never saw such a … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

February 10, 2PM

With the ossuary inscribed “James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” soon to be back in the news–with more evidence regarding the authenticity of its inscription–I thought it might be helpful to give some consideration to the confus... [Tabor's Blog]

January 22, 6AM

The first any of us heard of a new discovery of the fragment of the New Testament Gospel of Mark dating to the late 1st century C.E. was in 2012. Bart Ehrman of UNC and Daniel Wallace of Dallas Theological … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [science]

January 16, 9AM

In my more resigned moments I figure this thing is going to get me sooner or later — it wasn’t exactly caught in the early stages–but all I really want is what I’ve always wanted even before this happened: some … Continue rea... [Event] [Tabor's Blog]

January 10, 7AM

Islamic violence must be called Islamic. To say that Islam owns it, produced it, and has to solve it is not saying that all Muslims agree with the tactics of ISIL, contract killers in Paris, or child killers in Pakistan.   … Continue reading &... [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [history] [religious studies]

January 6, 12 PM

  Announcing our 2015 Mt Zion Excavation Season http://digmountzion.uncc.edu June 14 through July 10th 2015 Registration is now open for both student and non-student participation in our 2015 Mt Zion Excavation. UNC Charlotte is the only American uni... [Tabor's Blog]

January 4, 8AM

My friend and colleague Shimon Gibson, with whom I co-direct our Mt Zion excavation in Jerusalem (see: digmountzion.uncc.edu), has presented a controversial revisionist interpretation of the fallen “Herodian-like” stones just south of the West... [Archaeology] [israel] [Judaism]

January 1, 10AM

THANK YOU ALL! Thank you to all my blog readers–old and new–for your continued interest in my postings on TaborBlog during 2014. It was a record year by every measure. Total page-views, going back to 2010 when the present metrics … Conti... [Event] [General] [Tabor's Blog]

December 31 2014, 7AM

I never thought much about it until looking at this lovely painting by Tizian but have you ever wondered what Jesus was supposedly wearing in his reported empty tomb/post resurrection “sightings”? Both the writers of Matthew and of John relate... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Paul]

December 26, 8AM

Millions celebrate the birth of Jesus without realizing that it was the Apostle Paul, not Jesus, who was the founder of Christianity. Jesus was a Jew not a Christian. He regularly went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, read … Continue reading ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Culture] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism] [Paul]

December 14, 3PM

The Science Channel (Discovery Science) is airing four new programs (one tonight and three tomorrow night–Sunday and Monday–prime-time) in the United States, two of which address what we know about the practice of Roman crucifixion in the ti... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture]

December 12, 5AM

Many of my blog readers have copies of my book Restoring Abrahamic Faith but I wanted folks to be aware of the annual “Holiday” 2-1 sale on this particular book. I was thinking many who appreciate find this book might … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [messianism] [Tabor's Blog] [theology]

November 30, 9AM

Who was the unnamed intimate who “lay close to the breast of Jesus” at the last supper, the one to whom he passes on the care of his mother Mary, just before his death, and the “eyewitness” source that lies … Continue reading →... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

November 27, 8AM

Last week Richard Bauckham began a serial publication of his detailed assessment of the new book, The Lost Gospel, by Simcha Jacovovici and Barrie Wilson via Mark Goodacre’s blog. Here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2. Simcha has just … Co... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

November 26, 10AM

The 51st anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy was all over the media this weekend and much on our collective minds. I happened to catch some of the CNN specials on “The 60s” with many reflections of our … Continue reading ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [messianism]

November 19, 5PM

I was reminiscing in my “Historical Jesus” class today about my studies with the late great Norman Perrin (1920-1976) as a graduate student at the University of Chicago. I took my first course with him in Autumn, 1974, an “advanced ̷... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [messianism] [theology]

November 18, 10AM

In early Christian tradition outside the New Testament Mary Magdalene’s profile is elaborated considerably, she is prominent among the followers of Jesus, she speaks boldly and is often in open conflict with the male disciples, she is an intimate co... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [history] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Mary Mother of Jesus]

November 17, 6AM

The reason it is so difficult for people today to think of Jesus as a normally married Jew of his time and culture has little to do with the fact that his wife and child are not mentioned in our … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Culture] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Judaism] [Mary Magdalene]

November 16, 8AM

A Woman Called Magdalene             Mary Magdalene is referred to by name only twelve times in our New Testament gospels and never again in any of the other New Testament writings. As we have seen she appears at the death … Continue read... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Judaism] [Mary Magdalene]

November 15, 6AM

Yesterday I published a piece in the Huffington Post dealing with what I consider to be reasonably strong evidence for a “married Jesus” and within hours it had drawn thousands of responses and hundreds of comments–positive, negative, an... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Judaism] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

November 12, 10AM

I just got my copy of the new book, The Lost Gospel by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson and have spent the past hour thumbing through it carefully in anticipation of giving it a close and careful read. It definitely is … Continue reading →... [Archaeology] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Mary Magdalene]

November 11, 1PM

If you ask most New Testament scholars the mantra is a firm and dogmatic “No”–there is not a shred of historical evidence that he was ever married or had children–the very idea is  baseless speculation at the best and cheap …... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene]

8AM

I am not at all keen on the crazy pre-publication sensationalism surrounding the release of a new book by authors Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene (P... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [Mary Magdalene]

November 6, 1PM

Here is a great article about our 2014 Mt Zion dig in the midst of the kidnappings, murders and the Gaza conflict written by one of our UNC Charlotte student participants who also served as our excavation photographer this past … Continue reading &#... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [israel] [Judaism]

October 28, 8AM

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Paul never met Jesus. His claims to represent Jesus as the 13th apostle — last, but not least— are based wholly upon his visionary experiences. He has been both  loved and loathed, and his letters are regarded by some as the … Continue rea... [Christian Origins] [Event] [Jesus Dynasty] [Paul]

October 25, 11PM

I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Chicago, on “Paul’s Ascent to Paradise” under Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert M. Grant, and Bernard McGinn. Its focus was the celebrated passage where Paul reports his extraordinary experience... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism] [Paul]

October 24, 6AM

This looks really interesting and worth checking out. You can access the first issue here, download individual articles, and participate in a forum. Introducing, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS) -  FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE... [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [Judaism] [messianism]

October 19, 7AM

Download these free e-books covering a range of Biblical and Archaeological topics. You can keep them on your computer as PDFs or read them on various mobile devices, via iBooks, Kindle, or other readers. Here is the link. [Archaeology] [Bible] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

October 17, 1PM

Okay, watched the Apple Keynote on the latest rollout of products, downloaded Yosemite and love it, will upgrade devices to iOS8.1 on Monday…life is good. For now I am sticking with our iMac, this Mac Book Air on which I … Continue reading ... [Culture] [Event] [science]

October 9, 11AM

The program and all registration details are now out for the upcoming 17th Annual Biblical Archeology Bible and Archaeology Fest are posted. The line-up is pretty impressive. I love being called one of the “old favorites,” along with colleague... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Event]

4AM

Last night began the Jewish festival popularly known Sukkoth, the “feast of huts” or booths. The King James Version translated it as the “Feast of Tabernacles,” and that is how many thousands of Christians who observe it in some fa... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

October 6, 3PM

Yea! Pop the corks!   My blog just topped 1,000,000 page views sometime today–this is since I installed the WordPresss Stats counter, which was in December 2009. I realize many Web pages get more traffic but for me this is … Continue read... [Tabor's Blog]

October 5, 5AM

I am giving the 13th Annual Davis Lectures at Grace Baptist Church in Statesville, NC tonight and tomorrow night–Sun & Mon at 7:00pm. My topic is “The Last Days of Jesus: How Texts and Archaeological Discoveries Shed New Light on … C... [Christian Origins] [Event]

October 4, 10AM

One of the strangest ceremonies of ancient Judaism was that carried out on Yom Kippur with the “two hairy goats.” The ritual is described in Leviticus 16 in full detail. Two male goats were selected for Yom Kippur, one is … Continue read... [Biblical Expositions] [Judaism]

September 28, 12 PM

Ross Nichols has a fascinating article on Gedaliah–a biblical figure whose name would register with very few people today outside of observant Jewish circles. Today marks one of the four “minor” fast days of Judaism, called “the fa... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [israel]

September 26, 8AM

The indictment of NFL player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has generated an extensive discussion in the media on the topic of disciplining children by “spanking,” or corporeal punishment, as ... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Culture]

September 25, 6AM

Ever since I first began studying Judaism seriously as a young man, I have felt that there is something not quite right about Rosh Hashanah. In particular, there seems to be a complete disconnect between the holiday described in the Torah … Continu... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [israel] [Judaism]

September 13, 8AM

This wonderful painting of the shores of Migdal or Magdala, home of Mary “the Magdalene,” was painted by my friend Daniela Ciubuc who traveled to Israel with us last year and gave it to us as a gift. I absolutely … Continue reading ͛... [Christian Origins] [Mary Magdalene]

September 12, 7AM

Did you know that Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, is never mentioned in the gospel of Mark? Since Mark is our earliest gospel that seems all the more striking. Mark has no account of the birth of Jesus whatsoever, much … Continue reading... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Mother of Jesus]

September 1, 4PM

If any of my blog readers have any interest in a hand-crafted Baroque stringed instrument–violin, viola, or cello, my son, Nathan Tabor, who lives in Vienna is one of the best among Luthiers with years of experience and a 100% … Continue readi... [General]

August 30, 1PM

You have heard about the “Jesus family tomb,” but If you have not read the book, check it out. It covers all the latest discoveries as well as a full and documented discussion of the three tombs on the ancient … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

August 17, 6PM

Tomorrow I begin my 36th year of university teaching…1979-2013 marking 35 years. I am as excited as I was the day I first walked into a university classroom in August, 1979 at the University of Notre Dame. I have been … Continue reading →... [book review] [Event] [General] [history] [religious studies]

August 4, 4PM

As sunset falls on this eighth day of the 5th lunar month, known in Judaism as the month of Av, Tisha b’Av–that is, the 9th of Av–is marked on the calendar. Last Sabbath (August 2nd or 6th of Av) began … Continue reading → [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [israel] [Judaism]

July 31, 3PM

“When the leftists think you are a rightist and when the rightists think you are a leftist, when the Haredi Jews think that you are not even Jewish, and when everyone attacks you – then you know that you’re doing … Continue reading... [Tabor's Blog]

July 30, 7AM

This incredible 13 x 17 foot zinc model of 19th century Jerusalem created was created by Hungarian Catholic Stephan Illes in the 1870s. It was first exhibited in 1873 at the Vienna International Exhibit, then lost and forgotten until the … Continue ... [Tabor's Blog]

July 22, 6PM

Do Lubavitch believe the Rebbe was the Messiah–twenty years after? This insightful piece by David Berger is long and complex but the article is well worth a careful reading for any wanting to understand Jewish Messianic movements in our time–o... [Apocalypticism] [Judaism] [messianism]

July 20, 9AM

Today I begin the first day of what I am calling my New Life. I officially stepped down as Chair of our Dept. of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte after 10 years on July 1st, but then there was the … Continue reading → [Event] [General] [news]

July 18, 6AM

Be sure and check out all the wonderful resources of this new web site: Roman roads and Milestones in the Holy Land, sponsored by the Department of Holy Land studies in Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in coloration with … Continue reading &#... [Tabor's Blog]

July 13, 5AM

A personal note: I have been more or less off-line with regard to my blog during the four weeks of the Mt Zion dig and the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Vienna last week (though I have posted … Continue reading → [Tabor's Blog]

June 22, 3AM

Predictably, as the Zias lawsuit picks up again here in Israel on Wednesday one can expect to hear it characterized by many in the press, as well as colleagues in the field who should know better, as an issue of … Continue reading → [Event] [news] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

June 15, 4PM

For untold millions of Christians asking the “Lord” for guidance, help, and even salvation is a complex and confusing business. Evangelicals often pray the “sinner’s prayer” asking Jesus directly to come into their “hea... [Christian Origins] [Paul]

June 12, 7AM

I just saw the announcement. My legendary and beloved teacher, Robert M. Grant, of the University of Chicago, has died. So many personal memories flood my mind and heart. I have many stories, experiences, and reflections which I will save … Continue... [Christian Origins] [Event]

June 9, 9AM

The academic debate over the dating of the composite New Testament writing, Luke-Acts, is a complex one with a long history among biblical scholars and historians. Joseph Tyson has an exceptionally clear and balanced presentation of the various arguments ... [Christian Origins]

June 5, 3PM

I think I did my last official thing as Chair of our Department about 1:30 today…a report on student advising. I officially step down at 5pm June 30th, after, yes,TEN years of service! What a fantastic Dept we have built. … Continue reading &#... [Tabor's Blog]

June 3, 6AM

Long shut out of the country’s story, Middle Eastern Jews now make up half of Israel’s population, influencing its culture and its life in surprising new ways. Who are they? By Matti Friedman The story of Israel, as most people know … Continue ... [history] [israel]

May 30, 9AM

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 … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Paul] [theology]

May 27, 8AM

No one maintains that the tomb of Joseph Caiaphas, discovered just south of the Old City of Jerusalem at Abu Tor on a cold November day in 1990 can not be the tomb of the New Testament High Priest Caiaphas … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 25, 10AM

I wonder who remembers the BBC/PBS television series “I Claudius” that was based loosely on Robert Graves 1934 novel by the same name. It aired serially in the UK to record audiences (2.5 millions viewers) in 1976 and subsequently in … C... [Christian Origins] [Culture] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history]

May 21, 6AM

An inscribed stone that may be the only remnant of Solomon’s Temple has been returned to its owner after an 11-year legal battle waged by the Israeli government. The Jehoash Tablet, also known as the “Bedek Habayit” inscription, is back … Cont... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [history]

May 20, 2PM

This by far the best 3.33 minutes of the Aronofsky Noah film. Beautiful, stunning, unspeakably profound…incredible! I have already posted my view on the film as a whole that I saw on the day it was released, see Bashers of … Continue reading &... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

May 12, 9PM

MARY ON JOSEPH Lord, I’ve been a problem all my life, Especially after the Panther. Joseph lied And said he got to me before the wedding And was rebuked by numerous local elders. Decent heavy Joseph at his lathe, He … Continue reading → [Tabor's Blog]

May 11, 6PM

I am in Germany this week carrying out some further research on 1st century CE Roman cemetery sites, remains, and fortifications on the northern German frontier area of the Rhine and Nahe Rivers around Mainz, Bad Kreuznach and Bingerbrück. Long … C... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty]

May 8, 9AM

 I have kept a low profile on my blog about this fragment because I do not think that the blog is the best venue to vet manuscript finds like this.  Why?  Because the distribution of knowledge happens too quickly on … Continue reading → [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 7, 4PM

Simcha Jacobovci has just posted a opinion piece that I think is worth reading on the swirl of blogs and new stories that have celebrated the past week and a half what is being judged as the definitive “smoking gun” … Continue reading &#... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 6, 8PM

I just watched the Smithsonian program, “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” I thought it was truly well done. Much of it was about an alternative image of Mary Magdalene, and thus implicitly of the role of women in earliest Christianity, …... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

May 4, 7AM

Jews, Christians, and Muslims all affirm the doctrine of “resurrection of the dead” as a central tenet of eschatology–that is, the understanding of the “last things” or how human history is to end. One common misunderstanding... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Judaism] [Paul] [Philosophical] [religious studies] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb] [theology]

May 2, 4PM

I know David Cole and this is a truly worthy cause! I urge all my readers to pitch in. Just imagine, a fellow of Dave’s talent and enthusiasm at our Mt Zion Dig this summer clean shaved! He will be … Continue reading → [Event]

April 30, 8PM

Here it is 11:33pm EST, April 30th. As I write my blog has reached an all-time-record of 60,000 Page Views for the month of April. Here are the stats over the past couple of years, January through December: For many … Continue reading → [Event] [Tabor's Blog]

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As most of my readers know one of the truly amazing things discovered in our robotic arm camera probe of the Talpiot “Patio” tomb (Talpiot Tomb B), that is less than 100 meters from the “Jesus family tomb,” in East … Continue... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 29, 12 PM

The mystery deepens…the plot thickens… Few have heard anything about the “Abba Cave,” discovered in 1971 in the north Jerusalem suburb of Givat Hamivtar–not far from the tomb of “Yehohanan,” the famous “cruc... [Archaeology] [history] [Judaism]

April 23, 7PM

The 71st Annual Meeting of United Israel will be held over the weekend of April 25-27, 2014 in Charlotte, NC at the Doubletree Suites Hotel in South Park. The program will run from 5pm on Friday, April 25th through 5pm … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism]

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The Biblical Archaeology Society has just announced a significantly discounted DVD set of four of my lectures titled “Jerusalem Discoveries in the Time of Jesus.” Click anywhere on the image below for full information on contents. I should add... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 20, 6AM

Most people raised in our Christian culture have a vague story in their heads as to what is supposed to have happened Easter morning, whether drawn from attending church services, reading the Bible themselves, or even from various “Jesus” film... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Paul] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 19, 6PM

In 1965 I well remember the publication of British biblical scholar Hugh J. Schonfield’s controversial and best-selling book, The Passover Plot. I like millions of others read it avidly and followed the controversies closely. I remember traveling o... [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [Judaism] [messianism]

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I often write and speak of the ancient Jewish/Nazarene document called the Didache (pronounced Did-a-kay), which means the “Teaching,” (full title is Teaching of the Twelve) not in the New Testament, known in the ancient church–mentioned... [Christian Origins] [Jewish Christianity] [messianism]

April 18, 5AM

This article by Randy Buth is quite technical but well worth working through, even if you are not fluent in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Be sure to look over the Table of Contents for the volume as a whole, which … Continue reading → [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [Judaism]

April 17, 6PM

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I have been convinced for several years now, as I explain in my book, The Jesus Dynasty, that Jesus died on Nisan 14th, which in the year A.D. 30, fell on a Thursday not a Friday. So this is indeed, … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [history] [Jesus Dynasty]

April 15, 7AM

From more of this story read my book The Jesus Dynasty, available at discount prices and in all formats–Kindle, iBook, Nook, CD Audio, which also has notes and references to this material. On Wednesday Jesus began to make plans for Passover. … Co... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [messianism] [Paul]

April 14, 2PM

The longstanding question of whether the Last Supper was a Passover meal may be resolved by an overlooked possibility: that Mark tried to transform an ordinary meal into a Passover observance by fashioning and inserting a single paragraph between (what &#... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Judaism]

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From more of this story read my book The Jesus Dynasty, available at discount prices and in all formats–Kindle, iBook, Nook, CD Audio, which also has notes and references to this material. In mid March of 30 CE the time … Continue reading U... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Judaism] [messianism]

April 13, 7AM

There are two distinctive paths on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, both leading down to the Old City, intersecting at the Kidron Valley near the traditional Garden of Gethsemane.  Both are thousands of years old, though paved with … Continu... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [messianism]

April 12, 6AM

I want to begin a series of posts on the “last days” of Jesus’ life as we come up to Palm Sunday tomorrow, Passover, next Monday evening, and Easter, the following Sunday. We will consider the textual as well as … Continue reading ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty]

April 10, 5AM

New scientific tests have turned up no evidence of modern forgery in a text written on ancient Egyptian papyrus that refers to Jesus as being married, according to a long-awaited article to be published Thursday in the Harvard Theological Review. … ... [Christian Origins] [Event] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

April 9, 3AM

Eight years ago, in April, 2006 I published The Jesus Dynasty.  Now in paperback it has continued to sell moderately but steadily.  I wrote it as a popular summary of my own personal lifelong “quest” for the historical Jesus. It … Cont... [Apocalypticism] [book review] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [messianism] [Panthera]

April 6, 8AM

Segments of the evangelical Christian and so-called “messianic” Jewish worlds are getting all stirred up by the “Four Blood Moons” nonsense being peddled by John Hagee in his latest bestselling book by that name–which he ripp... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Event]

April 4, 3PM

From the lovely, elegant, and scholarly 1985 JPS translation, to the unparalleled Oxford maps, the extensive scholarly, well-balanced notes (including academic as well as rabbinic perspectives), the essays, tables, and charts in the back, with additional ... [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

April 2, 7AM

The Talpiot “Jesus” tomb was hastily excavated 34 years ago this week. I recently posted a long exposition of my best take on the events surrounding its accidental discovery by a dynamite blast and its subsequent excavation, see here. Since &#... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

March 29, 9AM

Spoiler Alert: This review of the Darren Aronofsky film “Noah” reveals plot details and analysis you may not want to know beforehand if you plan on seeing the film. Darren Aronofsky’s new $100m blockbuster film “Noah” opened ... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [news]

March 28, 8AM

Darren Aronofsky’s film “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins opens today with lots of publicity, expectation, anticipation, and mixed preliminary reviews. I am anxious to see it though I kno... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Culture] [Event] [science]

March 24, 7PM

We are coming up to the 21st anniversary of the tragic Branch Davidian Waco disaster. In all those 21 years I have yet to see a perceptive mainstream analysis of what was really going on in April 1993, what went … Continue reading → [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Waco]

March 23, 8AM

As we approach the end of March, 2014, with Passover and Easter on the horizon, we come to the 34th anniversary of the accidental discovery of the Talpiot “Jesus family” tomb in 1980. We are now in a position to … Continue reading →... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

March 21, 12 AM

In my two recent posts I briefly questioned the assumptions associated with the term “supernatural.” From a philosophical standpoint I would argue that what is needed is not so much a rejection of the supernatural as a redefining thereof. On &... [history] [Philosophical] [science] [theology]

March 16, 5AM

One of the most frequent responses I get to my work as a historian of religions, particularly in my dealings with Jesus, Paul, and the development of early “Christianities” is the objection that I “exclude  the miraculous” as a valid ... [Bible] [Christian Origins] [history] [Jesus Dynasty] [theology]

March 14, 7AM

I am giving the 2014 Forrest Reed Lecture on at Vanderbilt Divinity School on Monday at 10AM. My topic is both controversial and provocative: Was Paul the Jew the Founder of Emerging Christianity? Details below and linked here. I hope … Continue rea... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul]

March 9, 8PM

I think the main problem in discussions between theists and atheists is the assumption that static categories like “the Divine,” the “supernatural,” the “natural,” and the “material” exist other than as our dualistic semantic p... [Philosophical] [religious studies] [science] [theology]

March 5, 9AM

At the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the “Wizard of Oz” by having Pink sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, with highlights from the film in the background. But what few people realized, while listening … ... [Culture] [Event] [Judaism]

March 2, 6AM

Paul W. S. Anderson’s $100 million big budget film “Pompeii” opened in US theaters last weekend with less than blockbuster sales–falling third behind “The Lego Movie” and Kevin Costner’s “Three Days to Kill&... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jewish Christianity]

March 1, 5AM

Perhaps you read about the Mississippi man who recently was pronounced “dead,” put in a body bag and even taken to a funeral home for embalming–when he suddenly revived, just as the procedure was beginning. You can read the Reuters ̷... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

February 26, 8AM

The recent death of Jamie Coots, the pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, KY, while handling a rattle snake during a church service, has been well covered by the national media, including ABC’s “Nightline.” ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Event]

February 25, 9AM

I somehow missed this absolutely fascinating contribution to the discussion of the origins of the Western “Alphabet” by Brian E. Colless posted on the ASOR Blog here. The proposal goes way “over my head” and beyond my expertise, bu... [Archaeology] [Hebrew Bible]

February 24, 8AM

Prof. Larry Hurtado, retired professor of New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, recently asserted in his popular blog that the ancient Christian Gnostics were hardly intellectuals, but akin to modern devotees of popular “esotericism” w... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Philosophical]

February 22, 5PM

The Dialogue between Michael Brown and me Thursday night at Southern Evangelical Seminary came down in many ways to my “test case” assertion that Paul’s account of the “Lord’s Supper,” as he calls it, originated from Pa... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty]

February 19, 8PM

Here just posted are some interesting comments, observations, and analysis from Simcha Jacobovici on the “Paul and Jesus” discussion here in Charlotte tomorrow night. http://www.simchajtv.com/the-great-debate/ [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul]

February 18, 5AM

I am greatly anticipating the public dialogue on my book, Paul and Jesus this week with Dr. Michael Brown hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary. I think Michael and I both agree that the influence of the apostle Paul was critical in … Continue re... [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul]

February 16, 10AM

Scholars in my field of ancient Judaism and early Christianity often sharply disagree on issues. Pointed critiques and exchanges are common and welcome, so long as they remain respectful. This has been the case with the academic discussion of the … ... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

February 12, 7AM

There is news circulating here and there that the controversial “Jesus wife” papyrus fragment, published by Prof. Karen King of Harvard Divinity School with international headlines in September 2012, but dismissed by many as a forgery, might s... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene]

February 10, 8AM

Someone just posted a comment on my article dealing with the forged ending of the Gospel of Mark, which most scholars take as a late addition to Mark’s otherwise masterful literary work. The traditional ending, now found in the King … Continue... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [religious studies]

February 4, 8AM

Dr. Shimon Gibson and I will be continuing our excavations this summer at our Mount Zion site in Jerusalem. Our dates for 2014 are June 14-July 10th, divided into two week sessions. We accept adult participants of all ages and … Continue reading ... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

February 2, 10AM

I normally post on matters in my areas of expertise, namely, late 2nd Temple Judaism and earliest Christianity in the Greco-Roman period (“Augustus to Constantine” as my revered Chicago Professor Robert M. Grant so succinctly put things). Stil... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Judaism]

January 31, 6PM

You may have heard the report on NPR today that millions of people searching on the Web for the Super Bowl variously misspell it–everything from Superbowl, to Superowl. That means search engines with the word “superowl” go crazy this wee... [Event] [Tabor's Blog]

January 29, 6AM

Since 1844 millions of photos have been taken of Jerusalem. I have featured a few of the earlier ones on this blog in the past, here and here. Smithsonian Magazine has just published what are considered to be the earliest, … Continue reading →... [Archaeology] [history] [Judaism]

January 26, 8AM

Since 1986 I have authored or co-authored seven books here pictured in various English editions. You can find links, reviews, and supplemental materials here:   [book review] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [Paul] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

January 25, 9AM

I originally had in mind doing a kind of “Top Ten” list of fateful New Testament passages that have been both understood and misunderstood over subsequent ages to enforce and foster countless evil upon human beings. I have revised these …... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Culture]

January 24, 6PM

January 22, 5PM

The American Bible Society, in partnership with the Barna Group has published some fascinating general survey results regarding “Bible Reading” in America, see their report “State of the Bible in 2013″ here. Among the most fascinat... [Bible]

January 19, 10AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

January 16, 4AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Philosophical]

January 15, 6PM

I am not insulted in the least. Who does not love a good bargain? I believe this is a fine book and that you can get a hardcover copy, which I recommend because of the front and back end color … Continue reading → [book review] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

January 14, 2PM

Mid-January seems like a good time to think back on the birth of Jesus. After all, we are quite sure Jesus was not born on or anywhere near December 25th, as I have discussed here and elsewhere. I have also … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty]

January 11, 7AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture]

January 9, 3PM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

January 6, 2PM

Listen (and watch)  Part One of my interview on my book Paul and Jesus with Jono Vandor and Jason “Spiritualbabies” of Truth2U.org. The rest of the interview will follow. You can access or share the link to this program here. … Continue... [book review] [Christian Origins] [Paul]

January 5, 3PM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influen... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Judaism]

January 3, 10AM

Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society for posting in-line this fascinating look at the life of T. E. Lawrence and his lifelong interest in the Bible and Biblical archaeology by Stephen E. Tabachnick: Most people picture T.E. Lawrence as the … C... [Archaeology] [history]

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Here in descending order are the “Top Ten” posts on my blog as rated by the number of page-views each received in 2013. I always love to see what people have found the most interesting and for me at least … Continue reading → [Tabor's Blog]

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In Paul’s view of resurrection of the dead the body is left behind like an old change of clothing, to turn to the dust, whereas the spirit is “reclothed” with a new spiritual body. Resurrection is neither corpse revival nor transformation of &... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Paul] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

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I am pleased to see that the finds from our Mt Zion archaeological excavation this past season made another “Top Ten” list, this time Christianity Today’s “Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2013,” see the co... [Archaeology] [Bible]

January 2, 11AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful... [Christian Origins] [Judaism]

December 31 2013, 4PM

Warmest best wishes to all my blog readers in 2014. May the New Year bring you health, happiness, insight, and spiritual growth. Be safe tonight and enjoy your friends and family! [Event] [Tabor's Blog]

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The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

December 30, 11PM

Watch this entertaining 2013 Report for TaborBlog–just click on the image below, watch the fireworks, and scroll down… [Tabor's Blog]

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Joseph Hoffmann is ever as entertaining as instructive. His recent post, just republished today on his blog, The New Oxonion, cleverly titled  “The Passion of the Christ Deniers,” is not to be missed. You can find it here. The recent … ... [Christian Origins] [religious studies]

9PM

Back in April 2007, a year or so after I began this blog (then called “Jesus Dynasty”) I did an interview on the experience of “blogging” with Brandon Wason as “Blogger of the Month” for what was then biblioblogs.com (n... [Tabor's Blog]

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My recent blog post dealing with what I take to be an “embedded” tradition in the Gospel of John–which now contains a contradictory patchwork of narratives regarding Jesus’ empty tomb and appearances (John 20-21)–is now up on... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene]

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The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Judaism]

December 29, 8AM

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

December 28, 7PM

For untold millions of Christians asking the “Lord” for guidance, help, and even salvation is a complex and confusing business. Evangelicals often pray the “sinner’s prayer” asking Jesus directly to come into their “hea... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

December 27, 10PM

A formula for historical and theological confusion: Christianity Jesus=God + Paul=Jesus [Christian Origins] [Paul]

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Given the complexity and hopeless contradictions (see here) of all our New Testament gospel accounts of the discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb and the subsequent “sightings” (Mark 16; Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20-21) it is all the more strik... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Mary Magdalene]

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Of the Twelve apostles it is noteworthy that the only ones not named in the Gospel of John are the “other” James, the “other” Jude, and the “other” Simon, and Matthew–all members of the Jesus Family. The disciples... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

December 26, 10AM

“Tis the season”–as the phrase goes, and despite the oft lamented “commercialism,” with the  reminders that Christmas is for giving not receiving, at the core Jesus remains “the reason for the season.” The sappy ... [Tabor's Blog]

December 24, 5AM

An earlier version of this article was originally published at Bible & Interpretation. December 25th as the date of the birth of Jesus can be traced back to the early 3rd century CE although it did not achieve more universal … Continue reading &... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Event]

December 23, 2PM

My interview discussing the apostle Paul with host John Shuck of “Religion for Life” is now up as a Podcast so you can hear it anytime or download it. Thanks to John for putting it up early–just in time for … Continue reading ͛... [book review] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jewish Christianity] [Paul]

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One would not normally think of the apostle Paul around Christmas time since all of the focus of the holiday, beyond the shopping, gift-giving, and family gatherings–is on the birth of Jesus. Many biblical scholars would argue that Paul knows …... [Christian Origins] [Paul]

December 22, 9PM

Today my blog passed 300,000 page views for the year 2013. Not a lot by some measures but considering that for all of 2010 it was at just over 50,000 the growth is significant. I thank all my new readers … Continue reading → [Event] [Tabor's Blog]

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December 20, 9AM

We are pleased to note that our UNC Charlotte sponsored Mt Zion excavation is featured on the cover of the December issue of Popular Archaeology magazine. You may read the full article, illustrated with maps and color photos here. Our … Continue rea... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

December 19, 9AM

The interview I recorded with John Shuck of “Religion for Life” will air this evening and through Christmas on selected FM/AM stations, and available by podcast thereafter. We talked about my new book, Paul and Jesus. Last week Shuck interview... [book review] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul]

December 18, 10AM

The late Norman Perrin, my New Testament professor at the University of Chicago, used to tell us that there was one thing certain in the study of the long history of Jewish and Christian apocalypticism—a 100-percent failure rate. H.H. Rowley … Con... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Event] [messianism] [news]

December 16, 12 PM

Many of you might have already caught earlier episodes of this fascinating new series on National Geographic Television but the last episode, “Sacrificial Child,” airs tonight, 7pm EST. Check your local listings for times in your area. I feel ... [Archaeology] [Hebrew Bible]

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We just received this photograph from Shimon Gibson that captures a rare moment–our Mt Zion dig site covered with the newly fallen Jerusalem snow–which raises an interesting question: Did it snow in Jerusalem or Galilee in the time of Jesus? &... [Archaeology] [Event]

December 15, 9AM

One of the more controversial but significant arguments I make in my new book, Paul and Jesus, is that the traditional words attributed to Jesus at the Last Supper–”This is my body,” “This is my blood” over the bread and R... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jewish Christianity] [Paul] [Tabor's Blog]

December 11, 6PM

Yesterday I happily received my copy of the long awaited book, The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? edited by James H. Charlesworth (Eerdmans, 2013). From my initial perusal I highly recommend this impressive and comprehensive work for any of … Continu... [Christian Origins] [Event] [jesus discovery] [Judaism] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

December 10, 4PM

We just finished up the semester here at UNC Charlotte and it is final exam week. I am teaching RELS 3116 Lettters of Paul to 33 bright and engaged undergraduate students. I thought I might share with my blog readers … Continue reading → [Christian Origins] [Paul]

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I was totally surprised by today’s e-mail edition of Bible History Daily distributed by the Biblical Archaeological Society! Featured was a new DVD, “Jerusalem Discoveries from the Time of Jesus,” putting together four of my BAS lectures... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [James Brother of Jesus] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

December 9, 11AM

“Let your kingdom come, let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”   The millennial prayer of the ages, from the Prophets to Jesus and all who have yearned for the “dream” to come true and … Continue read... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible]

December 6, 7AM

December 2, 7PM

The current issue of Popular Archaeology magazine has an extensive article on our Mt Zion excavation with a focus on the spectacular finds from the 2013 season: At first blush, anyone peering at the site from a distance might think … Continue readin... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture]

November 29, 8AM

How did it happen that the way Jesus came into the world, and how he left—Christmas and Easter—came to define Christianity itself? I have spent my thirty-year career as a scholar of Christian Origins investigating the silence between two back-to-back ... [book review] [Christian Origins] [Paul]

November 27, 8AM

This evening across the globe millions of Jews are preparing for the advent of Hanukkah, the eight day Festival of Dedication, which begins at sundown tonight (Wednesday, November 27th). This year the American holiday of Thanksgiving falls on the Thursday... [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Judaism]

November 26, 7AM

“A fresh, imaginative and insightful treatment of the original years of the Christian faith. It is not as we have been taught through the centuries. It is infinitely more complex and infinitely more exciting. James Tabor makes this clear.” (John &... [Biblical Expositions] [book review] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Paul]

November 24, 1PM

This post is continued from the previous one here. You will find a full exposition of these ideas, chapter by chapter, in my book Paul and Jesus–out in paperback this week! 4) Already but Not Yet. Paul operated with strongly … Continue reading... [book review] [Christian Origins] [Paul]

November 21, 3PM

The largest gathering of scholars of Religion and the Bible takes place each year the weekend before Thanksgiving in a major North American city. Referred to as the “Annual Meeting” this joint gathering of the American Academy of Religion (AAR... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Event]

12 PM

Historically most interpreters of Paul have understood his teaching of “justification by grace through faith” based on the atoning blood of Jesus Christ as his greatest and most central insight. From Augustine to Luther, through Bultmann and B... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Paul] [theology]

November 19, 8AM

I am most pleased to announce that Prof. Amy-Jill Levine will be with us here in Charlotte, North Carolina two weeks from tonight, Tuesday, December 3rd, at 7pm. This lecture is jointly sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC … Continu... [Tabor's Blog]

November 17, 7AM

The 50th upcoming anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, falling on a Friday as on November 22, 1963, is all over the media this week and much on our collective minds. CBS’s Sunday Morning just opened with an … Continue reading &... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins]

November 15, 3PM

This weekend and next I will be presenting papers at two conferences. First at the Elon University Conference on “Jewish Christian Relations,” Sunday, November 17, 1:00-6:30pm. The papers really look fascinating, not to mention the presenters:... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Event] [Paul] [religious studies]

November 13, 8AM

“Dig” is being jointly created by Gideon Raff, who brought “Homeland” to life, first as an Israeli television series, and Tim Kring, who fashioned the breakout hit “Heroes” for NBC seven years ago. It will be produced by BermanBraun, the ̷... [Archaeology]

November 12, 3AM

The latest from veteran reporter Matthew Kalman, following up on yesterday’s breaking story: It could be the earliest inscription of the word “Jesus” ever found, but we may never know. In their fruitless zeal to prove that the inscription “Jam... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [science] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

November 11, 6AM

I just received the news a few minutes ago via Jack Sasson that beloved New Testament scholar Jerome Murpohy O’Conner has died. Those of us who knew him had followed his long battle with illness the past decade. “Jerry” and … Conti... [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Event]
I landed last night in Charlotte returning from my trip to Israel to pick up the breaking news from Jerusalem that the highly controversial “James Ossuary” has been returned to its owner Oded Golan. Veteran reporter Matthew Kalman who has R... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

November 3, 8PM

I am in Israel this week with 42 wonderful folks touring some of the sites related to my field, namely, a historical study of Jesus and early Christianity. Ross Nichols and I are leading this tour with the able assistance … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist]

October 31, 7PM

Some months ago I had the pleasure of working with several of the producers of a new series for the History Channel provocatively titled “Bible History Revealed” commissioned by Prometheus Entertainment, the rather fascinating brain-child of K... [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [Mary Magdalene] [religious studies] [Waco]

October 29, 8AM

When I was growing up in the Cambellite/Stone “Churches of Christ” one of the ongoing discussions among my college age missionary minded friends at Abilene Christian College (now University) was whether or not those who had “never heard... [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

October 26, 5PM

 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. Apostle Paul, c. 55 CE … C... [Tabor's Blog]

8AM

While most of the news media were concentrating the past ten days on issues such as ending the congressional budget/debt crisis, the computer glitches with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) and the latest reports of the... [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Panthera] [theology]

October 24, 7PM

By some counts there are over 500 “Biblioblogs” broadly defined. It is a dizzying list and the content, diversity, approach, quality, and usefulness defy any easy classification. In terms of sheer content, depth, range, interest, and fascinati... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [Paul] [theology]

October 23, 3PM

A very good question with a complex set of possible answers! There is a very provocative and thoughtful post on the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) blog & newsletter by my good friend Steven Collins (of “Sodom and Gomorrah” &#... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [science]

October 21, 10AM

From the Times of Israel: Israeli-Canadian producer Simcha Jacobovici won a Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for the documentary “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery” (aired th... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

October 19, 2PM

I think Genesis 18, which begins todays weekly “Torah portion,” has to be one of the most mysterious chapters in the entire Hebrew Bible. Abraham encounters three men (Heb. אנשים) whom he hosts as honored visitors in good Middle Eastern &... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [Jewish Christianity]

October 17, 7AM

The Israel Antiquities Authority has failed in its last-gasp attempt to confiscate the controversial Jehoash Tablet from Israeli collector Oded Golan. In a verdict handed down on Wednesday, the three-judge appeal panel of Supreme Court justices decided by... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Event] [James Brother of Jesus]

October 16, 1PM

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book … Continue reading → [Apocalypticism] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

October 14, 5PM

Sometimes photos, maps, and drawings are worth more than a thousand words. Here is a gallery of just those kinds of graphics that have appeared on the TaborBlog since its beginning in 2006. You can browse through them, click on … Continue reading &#... [Tabor's Blog]

10AM

Each year on or around Columbus Day one sees articles, blog posts, and other references to the ongoing controversy as to whether Christopher Columbus was a  converso or “secret” Jew, see for example here. It is surely not without significance... [Event] [history] [Judaism]

October 13, 10AM

One of the areas of study I have specialized in over the past three decades is the phenomenon of ancient and modern apocalypticism–namely those system of thinking about the future in which a imminent “end of the age” is contemplated. … Continu... [Apocalypticism] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew Bible] [Jesus Dynasty] [Judaism] [messianism]

9AM

In my recent post on the destruction of Pompeii by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE I suggested that one of the authors/editors of the New Testament book of Revelation was reacting to this specific disaster and … Continue reading ... [Tabor's Blog]

October 12, 8AM

The program schedule for the upcoming Baltimore “Bible Fest XVI” has just been announced–you can download a PDF “daily schedule” with speakers and topics here. This unique program, sponsored by the “Biblical Archaeology... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Event]

October 11, 6PM

Download the PDF of a Photographic Essay on our Mt Zion excavation here with photos, maps, and a summary of our major finds. You can read the press release on our 2013 discoveries, access an archive of media stories, and … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

October 10, 7AM

No, I don’t work for the Biblical Archaeology Society and I get no kickbacks for “advertising” for them but I have to say getting this subscription to Biblical Archaeology Review for the iPad for just $19.95 is about the coolest … ... [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew Bible]

October 9, 11AM

Nine years, almost to the day, after Roman legionaries destroyed God’s house in Jerusalem, God destroyed the luxurious watering holes of the Roman elite. Was this God’s revenge? That’s not exactly the question I want to raise, however. Rather, did &... [Apocalypticism] [Archaeology] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

October 8, 8AM

Two theoretical physicists who suggested that an invisible ocean of energy suffusing space is responsible for the mass and diversity of the particles in the universe won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday morning. They are Peter Higgs, 84, … Cont... [science]

October 7, 10PM

This is the new look for my blog.  As you can see the general theme and overall design has been completely changed. The header photos will change to keep things fresh. I think the type face and style is probably … Continue reading → [Tabor's Blog]

October 5, 8AM

One of the main things I emphasize in all my courses in “Christian Origins,” whether undergraduate or graduate, is that students read the primary sources! It is certainly the case that everyone needs a bit of historical background and introdu... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

October 4, 10AM

In the meantime, it is indeed interesting to note that this very practice of patronymy/paponymy/metronymy, by its repetitive nature, leaves the sample of names quite narrow and refutes in essence the argument of “very common names” put forward by a nu... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Panthera] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

October 3, 7AM

Given my chosen field of study, namely “Christian Origins,” I am often asked by students and attendees at my lectures whether there are any reference to Jesus and the early “Christian” movement outside the New Testament. The follow... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jewish Christianity]

September 30, 5PM

Last week on our UNC Charlotte campus a student group dedicated to “Apologetics,” known as Ratio Christi, sponsored a special lecture called “Cold Case Christianity.” The speaker was one J. Warner Wallace, “a cold case homoci... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 28, 9AM

I have traveled to Israel over 50 times since 1990 but only three of those trips involved taking a tour group with me. I am not in the “tour business” and most of the time on my trips I am involved in archaeological projects, filming, or doing... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew Bible] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism]

September 27, 2PM

As of yesterday my blog reached 600 total Posts in the archive. I thought that might be a milestone to be noted at this “turning of the year,” as the Hebrew Bible refers to this Fall season. I would guess that over 90% of these post are substa... [Tabor's Blog]

September 26, 8AM

Our Mount Zion 2013 excavation has received some amazing worldwide publicity coverage over the past week, see the press release here, and links to some of the main stories here. However, nothing conveys more effectively what an archaeological dig is reall... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism]

September 25, 9AM

Over the years, many candidates for Mount Sinai have been put forward. These include: Jebel Musa, the “traditional” site in Sinai, favored by Christians since the time of Queen Helena in the fourth century; Jebel Sinn Bishr, favored by Prof. Menashe H... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism]

September 17, 8AM

The press release below was just released on Eurekalert.org by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. News media should contact: the science writer James Hathaway (jbhathaw@uncc.edu; 704-687-5743) at UNC Charlotte for more information or to arrang... [Archaeology] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

September 16, 3PM

Simcha Jacobovici asked me to post this response to Prof. Puech’s statement published earlier today on my blog in which Prof. Puech comments on the interview he recently did regarding the “Jonah” ossuary: I just read Professor Emile Puec... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Jewish Christianity] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

5AM

Émile Puech wants to make clear that although he does indeed read the inscription on the Talpiot “Patio” tomb ossuary as YONAH (Yod, Vav, Nun, He) written across the mouth of what appears to be a fish, thus reminding one of the story of Jonah... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 15, 9AM

This brilliant “parody-ical” title to David Lincicum’s nicely done review of Bart Ehrman’s recent book, Forgery and Counterforger: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics(Oxford University Press, 2012) turns out to h... [book review] [Christian Origins]

7AM

In Paul’s thinking, instead of humanity divided as “Israel and the nations” which is the classic understanding of Judaism, we have “Israel “after the flesh” (i.e., the Jewish people), non-Jews whom he calls “the n... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [Paul]

September 13, 3PM

I posted a link this week to the fascinating video interview with the distinguished and senior Professor Émile Puech of the École Biblique in Jerusalem as he offers his analysis of the ossuary image we discovered in 2010 by our robotic camera probe of t... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 12, 7AM

The results of our 2010 robotic camera exploration of the Talpiot “Patio” tomb are back in the news. Yesterday the video interview with Prof. Émile Peuch of the École Biblique in Jerusalem was released on Youtube. Prof. Peuch agrees with our... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Jewish Christianity] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 11, 5PM

Simcha Jacobovici has just released a taped interview in which Prof. Émile Puech of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem unequivocally concludes that the iconic ossuary image we discovered in the Talpiot “Patio” tomb is indeed a representation of ... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 9, 3PM

Renowned Israeli archaeologist Gaby Barkay of Bar Ilan University will speak at UNC Charlotte on Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m. about his discovery of the two oldest fragments of a biblical text ever found. These tiny texts, inscribed on silver “scrolls... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

September 8, 1AM

My main university Web page that has been used by many hundreds of thousands of folks over the past 20 years (the counter of page views passed 3 million some years ago) has been moved and redesigned with added materials and updates.[1] The old URL was: ht... [Tabor's Blog]

September 7, 6AM

I was looking a bit more at the various stats on my blog (see “Tabor Blog Blanketing the Earth“) and decided to run a query on the all time top five posts measured in terms of page views. I don’t think I could have predicted the outcome.... [Christian Origins] [jesus discovery] [Tabor's Blog] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

September 5, 3PM

  I find both this map and this list of countries who have had visitors to my Blog over the past year or so endlessly fascinating, gratifying, and truly humbling. The countries listed, their order of responses, just everything about this “age o... [Tabor's Blog]

September 4, 1AM

Cry aloud to God our strength, raise a shout to the God of Jacob. This evening at sundown the Jewish holiday popularly known as Rosh HaShanah begins. Literally, rosh ha-Shanah means “head of the year.” It is commonly included on our secular calenda... [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Judaism]

September 2, 9AM

One more in this three-part series of conversations about the “Afterlife” on the PBS show “Closer to Truth” with the ever perceptive host Dr. Robert Kuhn. Here we explore more specifically the “Imagining Immortality and Eternal Life,... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism] [Paul] [Philosophical] [religious studies] [theology]

September 1, 4AM

Here is a continuation of my exploration with “Closer to Truth” host Dr. Robert Kuhn regarding the concept of “Afterlife.” Here we explore more specifically the question of immortality. Click on the video image here for the link: I... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism] [Philosophical] [religious studies] [science] [theology]

August 31, 1AM

One of the programs I did on the PBS Show “Closer to Truth,” hosted by Dr. Robert L. Kuhn was on the “Afterlife.” I have also published an article dealing with the same subject, “What the Bible Says About the Future,” w... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Philosophical] [religious studies]

August 25, 10AM

“Satan” (שׂטן) in the Hebrew Bible, is used as a verb or a noun. It means “the one opposing,” in a very generic way , totally unlike in the New Testament and other late 2nd Temple period Jewish literature when a Great Satan was... [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible]

August 15, 5AM

I have been asked by countless readers if I will be reviewing Reza Aslan’s new and controversial book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I should have a full and comprehensive review posted by this weekend as I am just finishing it th... [book review] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [John the Baptist] [Mary Magdalene] [Panthera] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

August 5, 3PM

A group of 22 UNC Charlotte students (including 10 Levine Scholars and three graduate students) participated in the 2013 Mt Zion excavation in Jerusalem this summer, along with 40 other participants all ages and backgrounds. The site is only a few hundred... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Judaism]

August 1, 4AM

Matthew Kalman has just published a fascinating update on the Israeli trial in which Oded Golan was recently acquitted of forging  both the infamous “James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” ossuary inscription and the Jehoash Tablet.  What a ... [Archaeology] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [James Brother of Jesus]

July 28, 11AM

I have previously argued in my books and on this blog that the earliest account of the discovery of the empty tomb of Jesus is now embedded in John 20:1-18 in which Mary Magdalene visits the tomb alone before sunrise on Sunday morning and subsequently enc... [Christian Origins] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

July 22, 2PM

Sometime in the dark of the night this past weekend this blog topped 500,000 page views since the counter began ticking away in December, 2009. The blog itself goes back much longer than that, but numbers are numbers and I am glad happy to celebrate the h... [Tabor's Blog]

July 21, 10AM

We finished Weeks 3 and 4 of our Mt Zion excavation on July 11th and now that I am back in the States and have been able to sort through all of our photos I wanted to offer readers a series of preliminary reports on our rather extraordinary results from t... [Archaeology] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism]

July 18, 4AM

Thanks to Robert Eisenman for calling attention to this fascinating post by Lenny Ben-David (via Aish.com)  on Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, and his visit to Jerusalem in 1871, after Lincoln’s death. Seward was also serious... [history] [Judaism]

June 28, 1PM

Yesterday we finished our 2nd week of the Mt Zion excavation. It has been an amazing time. It is remarkable what one can accomplish with the proper organization and over 40 dedicated participants throwing heart and soul into a project. The site itself is ... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Culture] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history]

June 23, 12 PM

June 22, 10AM

One of the most frequent questions I have been asked by colleagues and interested readers alike is “Just where are the Talpiot tombs located in relationship to the city of Jerusalem?” Some of these questioners are interested in visiting these ... [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]

June 16, 9AM

Today we officially began our 2013 excavation season at the Mt Zion site just outside Zion Gate in Jerusalem. We arrived yesterday and began cleaning the site early this morning, jet-lagged but elated to be part of such a historic project. We have a recor... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism] [Tabor's Blog]

June 12, 8AM

Here is an interesting post from Simcha Jacobovici on an academic conference he recently attended dealing with the various theories as to the location of Mt Sinai. As some of you know the various locations proposed, whether the traditional St Catherine... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Hebrew Bible] [Judaism]

June 5, 5AM

One of the places we will visit and study during our June/July excavations at Mt Zion is a new proposal by Dr. Shimon Gibson for locating Pontius Pilate’s judgment seat and thus the place of Jesus’ most famous trial where the immortal words &#... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty]

June 3, 5AM

There’s some thing about Mary…the mother of Jesus that is. My Huffington Post piece is featured on the front page of the Religion section and is the headliner for Christianity. The comments (over 450 this morning and over 1000 “LikesR... [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Judaism] [Panthera]

June 2, 12 PM

We will visit the Israel Museum and see this magnificent exhibit on Herod the Great and the Herodium on the first day of our Israel Tour in November–along with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient Jerusalem model, and the antiquities exhibits, includin... [Archaeology] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [Judaism]

May 31, 1PM

Check out my Huffington Post blog on this “Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary,” click here: [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

6AM

When it comes to a critical reading of our New Testament gospels and other related texts one can get the impression that scholars end up rather arbitrarily “picking and choosing” whatever they want–especially in trying to construct their... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins]

May 27, 5AM

Parts 1 & 2 are posted here and here.  If you missed them please go back and read them first before you read Part 3, which is the Conclusion: The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you will leave us. Who is going to be our leader then?” Jesus said... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty]

May 23, 10AM

Part 1 was posted here. If you missed it please go back and read this series of posts in sequence. Thus in ­Luke’s account in Acts, when James suddenly appears out of nowhere as leader of the Nazarene movement at the Jerusalem Council, we can see that ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [history] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jewish Christianity] [Judaism]

9AM

Below is an intriguing video clip taken from Simcha Jacobovici’s new film “Science of the Soul.” I am not a “believer” in reincarnation so I remain skeptical, though I have to admit, back in the 1960s, like millions of others... [General] [science] [theology]

May 21, 5PM

If you would like to help with the Oklahoma disaster relief you can do so through United Israel.  You can either send a check made out to UIWU and marked “Oklahoma Tornado Relief 2013″ or more directly via Paypal  by using the Donate link be... [Event] [General]

4AM

Today I begin a series of posts on “James the Just,” the largely forgotten brother of Jesus, following up on my post last week on the missing key to understanding Christian origins.[1] The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you will leave us.... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [John the Baptist]

May 17, 8AM

Something of which I am more and more convinced is the paramount importance of James the brother of Jesus to the very survival of the Messianic movement in the critical months and years following the tragic and brutal murders of both John the Baptist and ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [James Brother of Jesus] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity]

May 15, 5AM

Today is the festival of Shavuot on the Jewish calendar, literally it means the festival of “weeks” or “sevens,” which refers to the seven weeks between Passover and what was originally a harvest celebration on the 50th day–a... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Event] [Judaism] [Tabor's Blog]

May 11, 2PM

Spring Commencement was this morning at UNC Charlotte. For me it is a particularly special milestone marking the end of the 2012-2013 academic year the completion of my 34th year of university service. I began my first teaching post beginning in Fall 1979... [Christian Origins] [Event]

May 9, 2PM

Geza Vermes, famed scholar of Christian Origins and specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls died yesterday after a prolonged battle with cancer just short of his 89th birthday (obituaries in the NY Times and The Economist here and here.) I last spent time wit... [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Event] [Judaism]

May 8, 5AM

June 7, 1967. Are you old enough to remember?  Those of us who are will never forget how the entire world was riveted to their televisions during the “Six Day War.” Today is Yom Yerushalayim or “Jerusalem Day” on the Hebrew calend... [Event] [Judaism]