Articles & Papers

The following publications and papers are in the process of being scanned as PDF files and will be available for downloading as they are ready. Those hyper-texted are already available and are listed here in descending chronological order:

Dr. James  D. Tabor’s Full CV April 2014

Two Messiahs-The Evidence,” notes on the primary sources related to the idea of two Messiahs in late 2nd Temple Judaism with bibliographic references.

One, Two, or Three Messiahs: Dynastic and Priestly Pedigrees from the Maccabees to Masada,” a paper delivered at a symposium with Jonathan Z. Smith at University of California at Davis, June 2006.

A Preliminary Report of an Exploration of a Sealed 1st Century Tomb in East Talpiot, Jerusalem” at Bible & Interpretationposted March 16, 2012.

Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Millennialism,” In Oxford Handbook of Millennialism, ed., Cathy Wessinger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 252-266.

Wadi el-Yabis and the Elijah Wadi Cherith traditions in Relationship to John and Jesus in the Gospel of John, paper given at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, “John, Jesus, and History” group, November 21, 2011, San Francisco, CA.

Notes on the Names in the Talpiot Jesus Tomb. My personal detailed notes on the names in the Talpiot tomb based upon Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae, with editors Hannah M. Cotton, Leah Di Segni, Werner Eck, Benjamin Isaac, Alis Kushnir-Stein, Haggai Misgav, Jonathan Price, Israel Roll and Ada Yardeni, Vol. 1: Part 1:1-704 (De Gruyter, Götingen, 2010)

“Standing in the Shadow of Schweitzer: What Can We Say about an Apocalyptic Jesus?” The Review of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion 2:1 (2007): 8-10

“Two Burials of Jesus of Nazareth and The Talpiot Yeshua Tomb,” Society of Biblical Literature Forum 5:3 (2007): archived at: http://sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleID=651

“Testing a Hypothesis,” Near Eastern Archaeology 69:3-4 (2006): 132-136.

Toilets at Qumran, the Essenes, and the Scrolls, New Anthropological Data and Old Theories,” with Joe Zias, Stephanie Harter-Lailheugue, Revue de Qumran 22:4 (2006): 631-640.

Reflections on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament” with a response from Michael Signer, Journal of Reform Judaism (Summer, 1990): 35-41.

Death as Life and Life as Death: Revisiting Rohde,” in Reading Religions in the Ancient World, essays presented to Robert McQueen Grant on his 90th Birthday, eds. David E. Aune and Robin Darling Young (Supplements to Novum Testamentum 125; Leiden: E. J. Brill: 2007): 27-38.

Apocalyptic Schemes and Dreams: How An Ancient Jewish Vision of the Future Came to Dominate the Modern World,” in The End of Days?: Millennialism from the Hebrew Bible to the Present, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon and Ronald A. Simkins (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2003), pp. 49-61.

A Pierced or Piercing Messiah: The Verdict is Still Out on 4Q285,” Biblical Archaeology Review 18:6 (November/December1992), pp. 58-59. with associated articles related to this exchange with Geza Vermes.

To Be A Jew,” in Excursus 4 (1991): 9-10.

What the Bible Really Says About the Future,” in What the Bible Really Says, edited by Morton Smith and Joseph Hoffmann (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1989 (Harper & Row paperback, 1990), pp. 33-51.

Resurrection and Immortality: Paul & Poimandres,” in Christian Teachings: Studies in Honor of Lemoine G. Lewis, edited by Everett Ferguson (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 1981), pp. 72-91.

The Theology of Redemption of Theophilus of Antioch,” Restoration Quarterly 8 (1975): 159-71.

 

Still to be scanned and posted:

“The Talpiot ‘Jesus’ Tomb: A Historical Analysis.” In The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls: The Fourth Princeton Symposium on Judaism and Christian Origins, eds., James H. Charlesworth and Arthur C. Boulet. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013, pp. 247-266.

“Are You the One? The Textual Dynamics of Messianic Self-Identity,” in Knowing the End from the Beginning: The Prophetic, the Apocalyptic, and their Relationships, edited by Lester L. Grabbe and Robert D. Haak, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2004), pp. 180-191.

“Apocalypse at Waco,” in Sociology of Religion: A Reader, edited by Susanne Monahan, William Mirola, and Michael Emerson, (Prentice Hall, 2001), pp. 297-303.

“Waco and Religious Freedom in America,” in Writing from Sources, edited by Brenda Spatt (St. Martin’s Press, 1998)

“Patterns of the End: Textual Weaving from Qumran to Waco,” in Toward the Millennium: Messianic Expectations from the Bible to Waco, edited by Peter Schaeffer and Mark Cohen, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1998), pp. 409-430.

“David Koresh and the FBI’s Religious Intolerance,” in The Tree of Liberty: A Documentary History of Rebellion and Political Crime in America, edited by Nicholas Kittrie and Eldon Wedlock, Jr., 2nd edition, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

“4Q521 ‘On Resurrection’ and the Synoptic Gospel Tradition: A Preliminary Study,” with Michael Wise, in Qumran Questions, ed. James Charlesworth (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995), pp. 151-163. [Previously published in the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha]

“Religious Discourse and Failed Negotiations: The Dynamics of Biblical Apocalypticism,” in Armegeddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict, ed. Stuart Wright (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), pp. 263-281.

“The Waco Tragedy: An Autobiographical Account of One Attempt to Avert Disaster,” in From the Ashes: Making Sense of Waco, ed. James R. Lewis (Lanham,MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), pp. 13-22.

“Toilets at Qumran, the Essenes, and the Scrolls, New Anthropological Data and Old Theories,” with Joe Zias, Stephanie Harter-Lailheugue, Revue de Qumran 22:4 (2006): 631-640.

“John the Baptist’s Cave: The Case in Favor,” with Shimon Gibson, Biblical Archaeology Review (May/June, 2005): 36-41, 58.

“Jerusalem—Ben Hinnom Valley,” with B.Zissu, S.Gibson, Hadashot
Arkheologiyot (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2000), Vol.111, pp. 70*-72*, Figs.138-139.

“A Failed Utopian Vision,” Political Geography 16 (1997): 27-31.

4Q521 ‘On Resurrection’ and the Synoptic Gospel Tradition: A Preliminary Study,” with Michael Wise, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 10 (1992):149-162 [appeared Fall, 1994].

“Did Waco Set a Dangerous Precedent for Religious and Civil Liberties?” Practice: Journal ofPsychology and Political Economy, (Fall, 1994):31-36.

“Israel and the Plan of God: Luke’s Theological Understanding of the Future of Israel,” in Journal of the Radical Reformation 2 (1993):22-38.

“The Signs of the Messiah: Parallels Between a New Dead Sea Scroll Fragment (4Q521) and the Early New Testament Gospel Tradition,” with Michael Wise, Biblical Archaeology Review 18:6 (1992), pp. 60-65.

“Returning to the Divinity: Josephus’s Portrayal of the Disappearances of Enoch, Elijah, and Moses,” Journal of Biblical Literature 108 (1989): 225-38.

“Psychologizing Paul: Essay Review of Gerd Theissen’s Psychological Aspects of Pauline Psychology,” Religious Studies Review 15 (1989) January: 38-40.

“Paul’s Notion of Many Sons of God in its Hellenistic Contexts,” Helios 13 (1986): 87-97.

“John the Baptist’s Cave: The Case in Favor,” with Shimon Gibson, Biblical Archaeology Review (May/June, 2005): 36-41, 58.

“Why 2K: The Biblical Roots of Millennialism,” Bible Review (December, 1999), pp. 16-27, 44-45. (Feature article, 6500 words with notes)

“Jerusalem’s Essene Gateway—Where the Community Lived in Jesus’ Time,” cover article, Biblical Archaeology Review 23 (May/June 1997): 22-31, 64-66. Edited and reshaped this longer article for author Bargil Pixner into magazine format, including maps, drawings, and photo production.

“Apocalypse at Waco,” Bible Review 9:5 (October, 1993): 24-33.

“Branch Davidian Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided,” in Religious Studies News (10:3:September 1995): 3 [1995 Statement to House of Representatives Hearings on Waco].

“Firstborn of Many Brothers: A Pauline Notion of Apotheosis,” Society of Biblical Literature: 1984 Seminar Papers, ed. Kent Richard (Missoula: Scholars Press, 1984), pp. 295-303.

“To Be a Jew: Political and Religious Definitions in Israel Today,” lecture presented at the Symposium Religion and Ethnicity,” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (March, 1990), published in Excursus 4 (1991): 9-10.

“B’nai No’ach: The Reappearance of the God-fearers in Our Time,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 27:3 (Summer, 1990): 672-674.

“David Koresh” sv. Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Lindsay Jones (Macmillan, 2005) “Millennialism in the Ancient World,” in Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movement, edited by Richard Landes, New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 17-20.

“End Signs,” in Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movement, edited by Richard Landes, New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 137-140.

“Salvation,” in Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movement, edited by Richard Landes, New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 369-372.

“Heaven, Ascent to,” in the Anchor Bible Dictionary 3:91-94 (New York: Doubleday & Co, 1992). “Martyr, Martyrdom,” in the Anchor Bible Dictionary 4:574-79 (New York: Doubleday & Co, 1992).