Publications & Papers

I am in the process of uploading PDF versions of published and unpublished papers to this web site. You are welcome to download and read as you desire. If you quote or use please give the proper credit and references. More coming but this is a start. My first published article was in 1975–when I was still in graduate school at the University of Chicago, so these go back now over 40 years. 


Tabor Bookshelf: My Eight Academic Books


Forthcoming: “Remembering Jonathan Z. Smith” NASSR Paper, 2018.

John the Baptizer: More Than a Prophet,” in Rollston Christopher, ed. Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2017 (forthcoming).

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.

Wadi el-Yabis and the Elijah “Wadi Cherith” traditions in Relationship to John and Jesus in the Gospel of John,” paper presented at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, 2011 (publication forthcoming)

“Apocalypse at Waco,” in Sociology of Religion: A Reader, 2nd ed., eds. Susanne C. Monaham, William A. Mircola, and Michael O. Emerson (Pearson Education, 2011), pp.

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

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.

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

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.

Testing a Hypothesis,” by James D. Tabor, Near Eastern Archaeology 69:3-4 (2006) 132-136. My first published article on the Talpiot “Jesus” tomb.

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

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.

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.

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

Why 2K: The Biblical Roots of Millennialism,” Bible Review (December, 1999), pp. 16-27, 4445.

“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).

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.

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.

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

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

“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].

“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.

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

“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]

Apocalypse at Waco: Could the Tragedy Have Been Averted?,” Bible Review 9:5 (October, 1993): 24-33.

“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.

A Pierced or Piercing Messiah: The Verdict is Still Out on 4Q285,” Biblical Archaeology Review 18:6 (1992), pp. 58-59.

The Messiah at Qumran,” with Michael Wise, Biblical Archaeology Review 18:6 (1992), pp. 60-65.

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].

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.

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

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.

The 7 Noahide Laws: What Every Gentile Should Know,” Jewish Press, January 18, 1991: 81-82; January 25, 1991: 83-84.

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

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

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

“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.

“Resurrection and Immortality: Paul and 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 in Theophilus of Antioch,” Restoration Quarterly 8 (1975): 159-71.



“The Tombs at Talpiot: Overview of The Jesus Discovery,” [cited March 2013]

“A Preliminary Report of an Exploration of a Sealed 1st Century Tomb in East Talpiot, Jerusalem,” [cited February 2012]

“The Gospel of Mark: Priority Does Not Mean Primacy,” [cited November 2009]

“The Meyers/Magness Talpiot Tomb Statement: Some Observations,” SBL Forum , n.p. [cited Jan 2008]. Online:

“Two Burials of Jesus of Nazareth and The Talpiot Yeshua Tomb,” SBL Forum , n.p. [cited March 2007]. Online:

A PDF version of a hypothetical reconstruction of a “Pre-Christian Book of Revelation” as described in blog post: “Can A Pre-Christian Version of the Book of Revelation be Recovered?



CIIPNotes6-13-2011 based on reading Hannah M. Cotton, et al. Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palestinae, Volume I:Jerusalem. Part 1:1-704 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010).

 “Two Messiahs: The Evidence,” an unpublished compilation of texts and notes.

One, Two, Three Messiahs: Dynastic and Priestly Pedigrees from the Maccabees to Masada.” (unpublished)



“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).

Nine articles for the HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1995: Aretalogy; Corpus Hermeticum; Hermes Trismegistos; Hermetism; Paraclete; Poimandres; Ptolemies; Sibylline Oracles; Theurgy.



Kenneth G. C. Newport, The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 11, No. 3 (February 2008), pp. 130-132.

David Seeley, The Noble Death: Graeco-Roman Martyrology and Paul’s Concept of Salvation, in Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 111, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992), pp. 544-546.

Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus, in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 71, No. 2 (Apr., 1991), pp. 258-259.

Lawrence Shiffman, From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 6 1993, pp. 427-429.

Lou H. Silberman, Orality, Aurality, and Biblical Narrative in Journal of Religion, 72 no 3 July 1992, pp. 425.

Luther H. Martin, Hellenistic Religions: An Introduction, in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1991, pp. 275-277.

Sidney Goldstein, Suicide in Rabbinic Literature in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1991, pp. 359-360.

Ernest Martin, Secrets of Golgotha: The Forgotten History of Christ’s Crucifixion, in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1991, p 213-215.

Gerd Theissen, Psychological Aspects of Pauline Theology in Religious Studies Review, 15 no 1 January 1989, pp. 38-40

H. Armstrong, Classical Mediterranean Spirituality: Egyptian, Greek, Roman in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan., 1989), pp. 100-101.

Roberts Gaventa, From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament, in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 69, No. 2 (Apr., 1989), pp. 237-238.

Alan F. Segal, Rebecca’s Children: Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World in History of Religions, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Nov., 1988), p. 183.

Hyam Maccoby, The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1988, p 232-235.

Joseph Hopkins, The Armstrong Empire in Restoration Quarterly, 18 no 3 1975, pp. 185-187

[Forthcoming or Underdevelopment]

Apocalypse Now and Then