Lectures & Events

13th Annual Davis Lectures: A Two-Night Series

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James D. Tabor, Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

“The Last Days of Jesus: How Texts and New Archaeological Discoveries Shed New Light”

This two-part series rewrites many of the traditional assumptions many have made about the “Last Days of Jesus,” referring to the last Winter and Spring of his life, including his decisive confrontation with the religious and political authorities of his day and his subsequent crucifixion as a brigand. The lectures pull together texts of the New Testament, texts from Josephus, and recent archaeological discoveries made in Jerusalem to help us recast and reimagine this pivotal episode in human history, illustrated by slides and the latest artifacts.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:00pm
Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00pm

Grace Baptist Church
719 Club Drive
Statesville, NC 28677
Email: gracestatesville@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.gracestatesville.org


2014-2015 Personally Speaking Author Series

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

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James D. Tabor, Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

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.