James D. Tabor | Closer to Truth


Dr. James Tabor is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has BAs in Greek and religion, and a MA and PhD in history of ancient Mediterrean religions. Tabor first received his BA in Greek from Abilene Christian University in 1966. He later moved to Pepperdine University to earn his BA in religion before finally getting his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago.

Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including work at Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, and Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan. Over the past decade he has teamed up with with Shimon Gibson to excavate the “John the Baptist” cave at Suba, the “Tomb of the Shroud” discovered in 2000, and ongoing work at Mt Zion. Most recently, Tabor, along with Rami Arav, have been involved in the re-exploration of two tombs in East Talpiot; the controversial “Jesus tomb” and a related tomb less than 200 feet away that has ossuary inscriptions Tabor and Arav interpret as Judaeo-Christian.

Among his publications are Things Unutterable (1985); A Noble Death (1992); Why Waco: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (1995); Restoring Abrahamic Faith (2008); and the New York Times bestselling The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (2006). In 2012, Tabor published two books: the first, co-authored with Simcha Jacobovici, The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity that offers a comprehensive overview of both of the Talpiot (“Jesus family”) tombs in Jerusalem with all the evidence brought together; and Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity.