Lectures & Events


2014-2015 Personally Speaking Author Series

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UNC Charlotte.


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Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6:30pm, UNC Charlotte Center City,  320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

No admission charge, open to the public, reception following, book signing, reservations requested, submit here.

Parking is complimentary for each event. Parking vouchers will be provided. Parking at UNC Charlotte Center City is in lots just off 9th Street. Attendants will direct guests to the parking


17th Annual Bible & Archaeology Fest Sponsored by the Biblical Archaeology Society


November 21 – 23, 2014, San Diego, California, Grant Hotel

James D. Tabor

Paul’s Apocalyptic Expectations and Nero’s Rise to Power

In the letter of 1 Corinthians Paul confidently refers to the “impending distress,” declaring “the appointed time has grown very short.” Based upon this imminent apocalyptic expectation of Jesus’ Parousia, he advises his followers to “remain as they are”—whether married or unmarried, circumcised or uncircumcised, slave or free—since “the form of this world is passing away.” This lecture explores Paul’s expectations in the light of his understanding of Daniel 12, Isaiah 24, and Micah 7 (LXX) as evidenced by linguistic and thematic links, and set against the background of the demise of the dysfunctional Julio-Claudian imperial family as Nero and his mother Agrippina achieved power in October of 54 CE.

This three day Seminar includes dozens of noted scholars and meets over the same weekend as the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the American Academy of Religion. My lecture is scheduled for 9:00am Sunday, November 23rd. For costs, registration, accommodations, and other details see here.